The Koestler Awards is an annual programme encouraging people from the UK’s prison system to communicate and change their lives through art.
The 2023 exhibition is curated by T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Joelle Taylor, who has worked in prisons for over 20 years. In Case of Emergency is focused on art works encased in vitrines and glass cases that are separated from the viewers, with an undercurrent of potential emergency.
“Most of all for me when I see these cases, it makes me think of what happens when we break the glass, what happens when ideas escape.” Joelle Taylor
Daily free tours are available with ex-prisoner exhibition hosts, employed by Koestler Arts, working alongside Southbank Centre Visitor Assistants. The hosts will share their personal experience and insights about the artworks to help visitors understand more about them and the environment that underlies them.Organisers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.