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Tagged In:  Probation

There are just a few more days to catch an exhibition of artwork created by prisoners, ex-offenders, secure psychiatric patients and immigration detainees. 


We Are All Human, which runs at the Southbank Centre in London until Sunday, includes paintings, drawings, matchstick modelling, music and crafts. The exhibition was curated by writer and dub-poet Benjamin Zephaniah; he chose from 6,000 pieces of art submitted to prison arts charity Koestler Trust as part of its annual awards.

He said: “Prison is a concrete jungle so I wanted to get as much nature into the exhibition as possible. We are all human – it’s a really simple truth.”

We Are All Human, which can be found at the Spirit Level, is the ninth such collaboration between the Southbank and the Koestler Trust. What’s more, the charity has recruited, trained and employed a number of ex-offenders to help welcome visitors to the exhibition, working alongside centre staff. 

The intention is to provide the ex-offenders with unique work experience and new skills, as well as to enhance the experience of those attending the exhibition. 

We Are All Human is free to attend and will be open from 10am to 11pm until 13 November. Exhibition tours will be held each day; For more information, please visit the Southbank Centre's website for details. 



Photos left to right, top to bottom:

Surreal Ginger Tom, HM Prison Lewes, Carmina Commended Award for Sculpture | Badger in Wonderland, HM Prison Holloway, Barrow Cadbury Scholarship 2016 and Bronze Award for Painting | Red Fish, Northgate Hospital, Clara Alman Platinum Award for Watercolour | Sun Rise, London Community Rehabilitation Company, Monument Trust Scholarship 2016 and Bronze Award for Painting | Swans, Stockton Hall Hospital, Keith Bromley Platinum Award for Nature Photography | Unlocked, Brighton Probation, Robin and Margaret Weiss Bronze Award for Matchstick Models | The Lion King, Vinney Green Secure Unit (Secure Children's Home), Hilda May Under 25s Special Award for Pastels | Yellow Pear, HM Prison & Young Offender Institution Cookham Wood, Adam Commended Award for Theme: Comfort | Evolution, HM Prison Shotts, Pierce Brunt Highly Commended Award for Painting | Fruits of my Labour, HM Prison Grendon, Transformation Commended Award for Sculpture

Images courtesy of the Koestler Trust

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