Artists including Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker and Mark Wallinger have donated artworks on postcards, which will be exhibited alongside postcards created by prisoners at an exhibition in Sotheby’s New Bond Street on 10 May.
The exhibition, Postcards from Prison, will show 160 original artworks. Each attendee will receive a postcard, chosen by lottery, for £50, the cost of which will be included in the £100 ticket price. Tickets also include an invitation for two to the champagne reception at Sotheby’s hosted by comedian Griff Rhys Jones.
All proceeds go to the Koestler Trust, the UK’s prison arts charity, which runs an annual awards scheme, arts mentoring and employment programmes, and exhibitions across the UK. Judges of the Koestler Awards have included Grayson Perry, Sarah Lucas and Speech Debelle.
Sally Taylor, CEO of Koestler Trust, said: “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.”
For more information and to buy tickets, visit the event page.
(Banner Image: Playing With Paint - Enmeshed, HM Prison Ford. Koestler Trust Courtesy of Sothebys.)