Curated by Jenni Fagan

A Koestler Arts exhibition for Scotland

10 Nov – 22 Dec 2017
Upper Foyer, Tramway, Glasgow

Narrative was an exhibition of artwork, writing and music from prisons, secure hospitals, secure children’s homes, and community justice services across Scotland. The exhibition was part of Freedom in Expression, a festival presented by Koestler Arts to celebrate the arts within criminal justice and secure settings.

The display was curated by acclaimed Scottish author and poet Jenni Fagan and featured around 180 works entered from Scotland into the 2017 Koestler Awards. The exhibition included paintings, sculpture, needlecraft, nail art, printmaking, woodcraft, audio, animation and writing.

Jenni Fagan’s 2012 debut novel Panopticon, which was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the James Tait Black Prize, follows the story of a female young offender living in a young person’s unit.

“Some of the work is phenomenal, this will be a really compelling exhibition. The chance to practise art should be available to everyone in the prison system, it can be a vital part of their rehabilitation.”

-Jenni Fagan


Find out about the curation process of this exhibition from the Koestler Arts team.

The project was in partnership with Tramway Gallery, and was supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, with additional support from the Robertson Trust.

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