Speech Debelle curates selecting the artworks for the 2013 Art by Offenders exhibition
Mercury prize winning rapper and celebrity MasterChef contestant Speech Debelle curated the Art by Offenders 2013 exhibition – The Strength and Vulnerability Bunker.
During July and August 2013 Speech visited the Koestler Arts Centre in London and selected a range of artworks for the annual Art by offenders exhibition. Speech has called the exhibition the The Strength & Vulnerability Bunker. This film, which was on display within the exhibition, explained how Speech selected the artworks from all the entries to the 2013 Koestler Awards. The film also explained her concept to visitors of the exhibition.
The 2013 exhibition invited you to enter an atmospheric bunker, filled with images, objects, sounds and films that reveal personal reflections, regrets and hopes. From thousands of entries to the 2013 Koestler Awards, Mercury Prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle selected artworks that she felt should be preserved as a testament to the importance of human creation.
Jeremy Deller, Turner Prize-winning artist and Britain’s representative at the 2013 Venice Biennale, opened the exhibition on September 24th and which ran until 1st December 2013. For the first time, ex-offenders were recruited, trained and employed by the Koestler trust as exhibition hosts. Working alongside Southbank Centre staff they welcomed visitors and conducted tours throughout the ten week exhibition run.