REVIEW: ‘Safety Net of Sky’ Koestler Exhibition 30 March – 27 May 2012 at World Museum

The Koestler Awards (set up by prison arts charity The Koestler trust) have returned to Liverpool with thier new exhibition Safety Net of Sky. It will be held from 30 March to 27 May at the World Museum Liverpool. Our reviewer Steven Daly went along to check it out…

After last year’s exhibition at the CUC it’s great to see the Koestler Awards back with another show in the city for 2012. Safety Net of Sky showcases visual art, sculpture and writing from prisons, secure hospitals, secure children’s homes and people on probation in the North West. This year, young people from Liverpool Youth Offending Service have curated the exhibition, working with the Koestler Trust to select the work on display.

Found on the second floor of the World Museum Liverpool, the exhibition features a wide range of styles, methods, and subject matter – from portraits of celebrities to miniature sculpture to reflections on life “on the inside” – both humorous and sad.

Works to particularly look out for include “Nice Fishy” (Kieran Jameson, HMP Liverpool), a beautifully spooky collage print and “Laide De Jules Renard” (Sean Donoher, HMP Garth), a darkly funny portrait flashing a cheeky two-finger salute to the system.

With many of the works also on sale for prices between £50 – £150, get yourself down to the exhibition quickly to take in some great art and poetry, and maybe bag yourself a bargain conversation piece for the dining room – all the while supporting the Koestler Trust and the amazing work they do.


The exhibition runs 30th March – 27th May, on the second floor of the World Museum (William Brown Street, City Centre, Liverpool, L3 8EN, 0151 207 0001). Open daily 10am-5pm. FREE ENTRY.

For more information on the exhibition or the Koestler Trust visit

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