Support local young people in custody and beyond
We need your help to encourage young people in Yorkshire to realise their potential through art
Last year, nearly nine out of 10 children (89%) in Young Offender Institutions in the UK said they had been excluded from formal education and, according to the Prison Reform Trust, over two-fifths were aged 14 or younger when they were last at school.
Now, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, increased periods of lockdown have stripped away many of the vital education and wellbeing opportunities which ensure that young people currently in custody will be safe, ready and able to re-join our communities. For children, this meant a complete suspension of all face-to-face education for 16 weeks, suspended visits from family and friends, and according to Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, “unacceptably little time out of cell”.
This year, we need your help to extend our support for young people in the criminal justice system.
Our Yorkshire exhibition, at the prestigious Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, from January to April 2021, will showcase artwork from prisons, Young Offender Institutions, secure mental health units, youth offending services, probation services and secure children’s homes in Yorkshire, celebrating the creative achievements of people in Yorkshire.
The show will be curated in partnership with Sheffield Youth Justice Service and will give a group of young people with experience of the criminal justice system a chance to develop new skills and raise their aspirations through art.
The Curation Project
Support the curation project
Participants will work together to select pieces and curate an exhibition of artwork from the 2020 Koestler Awards, challenging their self-perception and creating connections with local organisations with the potential for future volunteering and work experience opportunities.
Support the curation project and give young people the chance to make a positive impact on their communities.
- £20 provides 1 young person with art materials to use during the curating sessions
- £40 provides 1 young person with arts materials to use during the curating sessions as well as additional sketchbooks and materials to use once the curating sessions have ended
- £50 provides 1 young person with a masterclass in arts and exhibition production, with insights into art handling, curation and marketing from experts at Museums Sheffield, as well as careers guidance.
- £80 provides 1 young person with film and multi-media masterclass, exploring documentary filmmaking techniques and approaches as well as guidance in careers in video production
Yorkshire Appeal – Curation project
Sponsor a young artist
The exhibited artwork will be selected from visual arts, music and writing entered into the 2020 Koestler Awards, our national awards scheme celebrating creative achievement in the criminal justice system and over 100 people from establishments across Yorkshire will have their work included in the exhibition.
By sharing artwork and the diverse range of voices, stories, and talent of young people in Yorkshire with the public we can use art to build stronger, more accepting communities, and a brighter future for young people currently in custody.
Sponsor an Under-25s Koestler Award and give life-changing encouragement to a young person in custody in Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Appeal – Name an Award