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.