People serving community sentences or who have recently been released from prison will work with artist and project facilitator, Trish Scott, to curate an exhibition which will be on display at Turner Contemporary in 2019. They will select from over 700 pieces created by people in prisons, young offender institutions, secure hospitals and others on probation across Kent and Sussex.
The project is the result of a new partnership between Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company, (KSS CRC) the agency responsible for supporting and supervising low and medium risk offenders in the region, Turner Contemporary and the Koestler Trust, the UK’s best-known prison arts charity.
Around ten participants will take part in eight sessions over several weeks in November and December 2018 as part of efforts to rehabilitate and integrate them more closely with civic life and their community.
The exhibition opens at Turner Contemporary on 1 March 2019.
KSS CRC chief executive, Suki Binning, said:
“This project at a world-leading gallery is part of our efforts to develop new ways to engage the people we work with effectively. It will give them an opportunity to develop teamworking skills, a sense of worth about what they can achieve and reflect on how they can make more positive choices in the future.
“We are delighted to partner with the Koestler Trust and Turner Contemporary. This exhibition promises to be an eye-opener for the people we supervise, their families and the wider community and I hope that people from every walk of life are able to come and see this art which is so often hidden from view.”
Koestler Trust chief executive officer, Sally Taylor, said:
“This is our first regional show in the south east and we’re thrilled that Turner Contemporary will be the setting for Koestler artwork, in the same year as the gallery hosts the prestigious Turner Prize. To have service users from KSS CRC as the curators adds another layer of meaning to this project, and we’re very much looking forward to seeing the exhibition emerge from their efforts and ideas.”
1. The Kent Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd (KSS CRC) works to reduce reoffending and in so doing, improve people’s lives – potential victims as well as perpetrators of crime. We work with people who have been sentenced by a court to either custody or community supervision and who are classed as low to medium risk.
For more information about KSS CRC and this partnership, please contact Michael Baker at Eterna Partners on email@example.com or +44 (0)7782 398418.
2. The Koestler Trust is the UK’s best-known prison arts charity, working across the whole of the British criminal justice system – in prisons, secure hospitals, immigration centres, young offender institutions and in the community. The Trust runs the annual Koestler Awards to motivate people to participate in the arts, and to showcase the talent and potential of people in the criminal justice system to the public. Around 3,000 people enter the Awards each year. Entrants receive feedback and certificates, can be selected for public exhibitions or mentoring, and may sell their visual artwork. The Trust holds a programme of exhibitions and events each year around the UK. The biggest is the annual exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre, which over 20,000 people visit.
For more information about this partnership, please contact Annie McGrath at Golden Squared on firstname.lastname@example.org or Daisy Jayes at Koestler Trust on email@example.com.
3. Responsibility for managing low and medium risk offenders in the community was handed to privately owned and managed community rehabilitation companies as part of the Government’s “Transforming Rehabilitation” reform agenda. KSS CRC is owned by Seetec, an Essex-based company, which works all over the UK to improve people’s education, skills and prospects.