A Feeling We All Share

Koestler Arts Exhibition for the East of England

Snape Maltings, Suffolk
1 – 31 August 2019

A Feeling We All Share celebrated music, visual art and writing from criminal justice settings across the east of England. Together these artworks infused and interrupted the historic walls of Snape Maltings with sights and sounds not usually seen or heard.

This exhibition was the result of a partnership between Koestler Arts and Snape Maltings, a leading centre of music nestled in the Suffolk countryside. 2019 marked 20 years of Snape’s work exploring and creating music with their local prison, HMP Warren Hill – one of the longest partnerships between a prison and an arts organization. It is also the year Koestler Arts turned up the volume on musical entries to the Koestler Awards.

On 24 August Koestler Arts took part in RE:LEASE – a special day of concerts and activities at Snape Maltings, showcasing arts within criminal justice. Other partners include Clean Break, Fine Cell Work and the Irene Taylor Trust.

A Feeling We All Share took advantage of Snape’s unique and spacious setting – the exhibition was located in the Concert Hall Gallery, Inner Foyer, Dovecote Studio and in the open air. Lyrics from three songs, created as part of Snape Maltings’ work with men at HM Prison Warren Hill, introduced each area of the exhibition.


Listen to live recordings of songs featured in this display below.

Steppin’ Out, HM Prison Warren Hill, 2019

Hear Me Now, HM Prison Warren Hill, 2019

Satellites, HM Prison Warren Hill, 2019

About Snape Maltings and the Snape Proms

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – one of the wold’s leading centres of music and a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty. Located on the stunning Suffolk coast, Snape Maltings brings together outstanding concerts and events, distinctive independent shops, cafes, galleries and walks, all set against a breathtaking expanse of reeds, water and sky. Each summer, outstanding musicians from around the world converge on Snape, offering audiences 30 great nights out in one of the world’s great concert halls. From big bands and orchestras to folk groups and solo artists, there’s music for everyone at the Snape Proms.