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Since 1962 the Koestler Awards have played a unique, national role in motivating prisoners, secure hospital patients and immigration detainees to take part in the arts. The Koestler Awards are simple and powerful – we reward achievement, build self-confidence and broaden horizons for some of society’s most disadvantaged and marginalised people.

Our work harnesses the uniquely transformative power of the arts to help individuals learn the skills and gain the confidence to live creative, positive and productive lives. Each year we receive more than 7,000 entries from over 3,500 entrants across the UK in 52 categories. More than 2,000 Awards are granted by over 100 esteemed judges, and each year culminates in a curated exhibition at Southbank Centre which showcases the incredible power of the arts to transform lives.

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  • Another Me

The Test, HM Prison Greenock

Another Me

2019 UK exhibition at Southbank Centre

Curated by Soweto Kinch

19 September – 3 November 2019

Exhibition Space, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall

Video by Helena Wadia for the Evening Standard

Another Me, was the 2019 UK exhibition at Southbank Centre, curated by award-winning musician Soweto Kinch, one of the most exciting and versatile musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes.

There were over 150 artworks on display, from music and poetry to paintings, drawings and sculpture. The title for the exhibition invites visitors to reassess their perceptions of people who have spent time inside.

Soweto selected his exhibition from fine art, design, music and writing entered into the 2019 Koestler Awards from criminal justice settings across the UK. Watch the video below to hear about the curation process.

Video by Russell Bruns, sound by Luca Stefano

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Soweto Kinch’s curation of Another Me is part of a partnership with live music producers Serious as part of their Giant Steps talent development programme, which is funded by Help Musicians UK, Serious Trust, and Arts Council England.

For press information contact: Annie McGrath, Golden2 Consulting, info@goldensquared.com

Online gallery

View a selection of artworks from the exhibition, Another Me, in the gallery below.