From Nov. 2 to Dec. 15, 2013, Koestler Trust organised an exhibition in Glasgow’s Tramway. The show featured artwork from prisons and other secure facilities, e.g., children’s homes, immigrant detention centres and hospitals, and was curated by youth from the Kibble Safe Centre in Paisley, which is a secure children’s care and education centre and home.
“Release” was covered by the BBC and Radio Scotland, and artists and patrons agree that the exhibition was a success. Featured work could be seen in such varied media as charcoal, ink pen, collage, watercolor, pastel and paint.
Koestler Trust is a charitable foundation that supports art in prisons to help prevent re-offense. For the past 50 years, it has organised exhibitions of prison art and granted awards to participating artists. Proceeds of art sales are given back to the artist, with 25 percent going to Victim Support, and winners of modest cash awards also receive the money directly to be used upon release. This fosters a sense of achievement and independence necessary for rehabilitation.