On Thursday May 10 the UK’s leading prison arts charity is throwing an art exhibition-cum-lottery topped off by champagne and comedy. The Koestler Trust is showing 160 original artworks on postcards by a selection of artists in prison, as well as a plethora of established names, including Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker and Jeremy Deller. But rather than directly purchasing the postcards, the names of the reception attendees, plus those of absentee bidders, will be entered into a draw and randomly matched to an artwork. Hosting the event at Sotheby’s Bond Street will be comedian Griff Rhys Jones.
“You have a one in four chance of winning an original Cornelia Parker or other art-world luminary,” says Koestler Trust CEO Sally Taylor, “but we’ve been blown away by the works made in prison. It is truly difficult to distinguish between them!”
The exhibition will be free to the public on May 9 and 10, with tickets for the champagne reception and draw on the 10th at £100 for two, including one postcard lottery ticket. Tickets for the lottery without attending the reception are £50.
All proceeds from ticket sales will support the Koestler Trust’s arts mentoring and employment programmes in prisons and detention centres across the UK, as well as its efforts to promote, exhibit and sell the art created by those in prison, secure hospitals and immigration and detention centres.