Annual UK Exhibition

Our annual UK exhibition, in partnership with London’s Southbank Centre, includes entries to the year’s Koestler Awards from across the UK, and from British prisoners abroad.

This year, artist Camille Walala will be joined by her sister, curator Sarah Ihler-Meyer, to select works of music, writing, fine art, film and design from entries to the 2021 Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice.

Our usual exhibition programme includes talks, performances, a pop-up shop, tours and open days for the families of exhibited artists.

Since 2013, the UK exhibition has been presented to the public by ex-prisoner exhibition hosts, specially trained and recruited to lead tours and answer questions about the artwork and criminal justice system.

Each year we take a new approach to the curation, in order to bring new perspectives to the selection and interpretation of the work.

Past curators have included Antony Gormley, Benjamin Zephaniah, Speech Debelle, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, the families of prisoners, victims of crime, serving female prisoners and graduates of our mentoring programmes.