Conversations: An open day for people affected by crime
Published: 02 November 2012
- 02 November 2012
Converstaions: an open day for people affected by crime. Image: Koestler Trust
The Koestler Trust is hosting an open day for people affected by crime. The exhibition, titled 'Conversations' is a collection of artwork by offenders, secure patients and detainees.
The open day on 3 November at the Southbank Centre, London is supported independently by Victim Support staff and volunteers who will be there to support victims of crime.
Speaking ahead of the event, Tim Robertson, Chief Executive of Koestler Trust said: "I know our exhibitions can raise strong feelings, especially for victims of crime. Some victims find it moving to see offenders trying to achieve in the arts. Others feel offenders' artworks shouldn't be exhibited at all.
"I'm hoping this new event will welcome anyone affected by crime to experience the exhibition in an impartial, supportive space. I'll be on hand to answer any questions and hear people's views. I just hope it will open up conversations."
Javed Khan, Chief Executive of Victim Support, said: "We are pleased to be offering support to victims of crime who come to see the Koestler Trust's 'Conversations' exhibition on its open day. It will be interesting to see what the artwork of offenders says to victims of crime – and how it feels for victims to see prison art displayed in a world-famous arts venue.
"We have worked with the Koestler Trust before and our last joint exhibition two years ago was a big success. This is an area we think is interesting and thought provoking for victims.
"If creative expression helps some offenders to rehabilitate and not offend again, it has to be seen as positive."
Date: Saturday 3 November 2012
Venue: Spirit Level, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX
- 1:30am Arrival
- 12 noon Tour of the exhibition led by Koestler's Chief Executive Tim Robertson
- 1:00pm Lunch
- 2:00pm Q&A with Tim Robertson
- 3:00pm Close
Find out more about the event, 'Conversations' and Koestler Trust