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Here’s What a Postcard from Prison Looks Like


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Here’s What a Postcard from Prison Looks Like

Sotheby's exhibits postcard art from artists and prisoners alike....


On 10 May, Sotheby’s will host a fundraising event where donated postcard art from artists as well as postcards created by prisoners will be won by lottery.


The exhibition itself will be open to the public from 9 to 10 May, 9am – 4:30pm.

Here’s What a Postcard from Prison Looks Like

‘I see you’ from HM Prison Full, Sutton

The art of prisoners across the country will be featured among 160 original artworks at this Koestler Trust exhibition. The artists Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker and Mark Wallinger have donated artworks on postcards, which will be exhibited alongside postcards created by prisoners. Ticket-holders at the event will have a one in four chance of winning a postcard by a famous artist.

Tickets to the event on 10 May (6.30 – 8.30pm) are £100 and include a lottery entry to the postcard artwork draw and an invitation for two to the champagne reception at Sotheby’s hosted by comedian Griff Rhys Jones. Those who are not available on 10 May but would still like a chance to win a postcard can buy a £50 ticket for the postcard lottery draw.

Be an Oak. Mick Lindberg.

The Koestler Trust is the UK’s leading prison arts charity that runs an annual awards scheme, exhibitions across the UK in venues like the Southbank Centre and arts mentoring and employment programmes. Past and present judges of the Koestler Awards include Louis Theroux, Ghetts, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, Emma Bridgewater, and Speech Debelle.


All profits from Postcards from Prison will go towards continuing the Koestler Trust’s work rewarding, awarding, exhibiting, selling and championing artwork by prisoners, people in secure hospitals and immigration removal centres.

Playing with Paint enmeshed. HM Prison Ford.

‘We are so grateful to the all the artists, both inside and out, who have donated a postcard, and to Sotheby’s for hosting the event. You have a one in four chance of winning an original Cornelia Parker! Having donations from such high-profile artists is wonderful and we’ve been blown away by the amazing works by prisoners. It is difficult to distinguish between them,’ says CEO Sally Taylor.

Tickets are on sale at Koestler Trust or by calling 020 8740 0333. £100 event ticket (including postcard lottery ticket)
 and £50 postcard lottery ticket.

Big Heart. HM Prison Wakefield.

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