The Strength & Vulnerability Bunker

This year's exhibition invites you to enter an atmospheric bunker, filled with images, objects, sounds and films that reveal personal reflections, regrets and hopes. Mercury Prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle has selected artwork, which she feels should be preserved as testament to the importance of human creation, from the thousands of entries to the 2013 Koestler Awards.

Ex-Offender Exhibition Hosts:
For the first time, ex-offenders will be employed as exhibition hosts, working alongside Southbank Centre staff to invigilate the exhibition and welcome visitors throughout the ten-week run. As well as impacting on the individual participants' skills and experience, this ground-breaking employment project will give an unprecedented public profile to the value of education and employment opportunities for people in the criminal justice system.

24 September – 1 December
Daily 10am-11pm


Spirit Level
Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre


Admission free


The Spirit Level will be closed to the public at certain times during the exhibition run, including the evenings of 15 Oct and 5 Nov. Please check before travelling.

Pop Up Art Shop:
Opening Day from 2.30pm
Saturday 23 November – Sunday 1 December | 2pm – 7pm
White Room, Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall
We are selling a great selection of artworks throughout the exhibition, there will be around 300 works available for sale ranging from around £20 – £150. 25% of proceeds go to Victim Support. Find out more about buying Art at the Exhibition


For more information click here.


Image: Garden of Eden, HM Prison Styal, Dalrymple Bronze Award for Sculpture

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