Art for all

Yesterday, I saw a clever and moving exhibition called ‘RE:FORM’. It is a collection of art (in all mediums including sound and poetry) by prisoners, offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric patients and immigrant detainees. I haven’t seen it before but it’s the 8th exhibition in an ongoing partnership between the Southbank Centre and the Koestler Trust,

The pieces have titles and numbers but no names or details other than what the artist chooses to share through the art. There is no judgement to be made based on background or circumstances, just the work in front of you. Along with a (very informative) brochure about the exhibition, visitors are given a card and asked to write the name and number of their favourite piece and why they like it. These cards (you can write more than one) are collected together in a box and the feedback goes back to the artists.

You can find out more about it here but if you’re in London, near the Southbank, make time to visit the Royal Festival Hall (Spirit Level) – it’s free and is open daily from 10am-11pm.

Art by Offenders, Secure Patients and Detainees from the 2015 Koestler Awards

Art by Offenders, Secure Patients and Detainees from the 2015 Koestler Awards

Advertisements

One thought on “Art for all

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s