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New exhibitions for summer 2021 from Koestler Arts

from 17th May | online

As museums and galleries begin to reopen, Koestler Arts presents three new exhibitions of artwork by people in the criminal justice system. The exhibitions showcase drawings, paintings, sculpture, writing and music from around the country, chosen from over 6,500 artworks entered into the 2020 Koestler Awards.

Soul Journey to Truth, curated by performance artist and poet Lady Unchained, opens at Manchester’s HOME on 17th May as part of the Ripples of Hope Festival.

My Path, the first-ever Koestler Arts exhibition in Yorkshire, has been curated by a group of young people in partnership with Sheffield Youth Justice Service and will open at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery on 20th May.

Power: Freedom to Create is a collaboration between Koestler Arts and the National Justice Museum and will showcase contemporary and historic artwork made in criminal justice settings alongside newly commissioned work by six artists and writers. Opening on 21st May, the exhibition’s theme of power and creativity was inspired by a soap sculpture from the museum’s collection, created by someone in prison, whose power to connect with viewers sparked the idea for the project.