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Prisoners’ art curated by Speech Debelle and hosted by ex-offenders at the Southbank Centre

Posted at 1:30 pm, September 25, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
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So you may have cried watching ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ or subscribed to Netflix just to watch Orange is the New Black, but unless you’ve been inside, well… you just have no idea. The UK charity Koestler Trust uses art to help offenders to lead a more positive life and to give prisoners a voice. A selection of their work is on show at the Strength & Vulnerability Bunker, at the Southbank Centre (until December 1).

Curated by Mercury Music prize-winning British rapper Speech Debelle, the exhibition is set in an atmospheric bunker scattered with images, objects, sounds and films reflecting each prisoner’s innermost thoughts, regrets and hopes. Politically active Speech has used the themes of strength and vulnerability to structure the exhibition into different zones that will take you on a moving journey. The exhibition will be running daily for free from 10am-11pm and is hosted by both ex-offenders and Southbank Centre staff, in the first ever national art exhibition to have been supervised by prisoners throughout. The presence of ex-offenders is aimed to enrich the experience and to highlight the significance of art in the lives of people both in and out of prison. Ally Swadling

Find out more about The Strength & Vulnerability Bunker.

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