Artwork looks a picture

24 October 2016

ART work created by people on probation or in prison is on display at Interserve’s Cunard offices, thanks to a deal with the Koestler Trust.

Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company and the Professional Services Centre (PSC), both of which help deliver Interserve’s rehabilitative services, have offices at the Cunard, after moving in this autumn.

The Koestler Trust’s annual art exhibition is currently being showcased at London’s Southbank Centre. The prison arts charity awards, exhibits and sells artworks by offenders, detainees and secure patients and the organisation’s national exhibition attracts 20,000 visitors every year.
Interserve bought 22 pieces of art from the Koestler Trust to adorn the walls of its premises at the Cunard.

Gavin Emberton, head of the PSC, said: “We support the rehabilitation of people on probation or on licence from prison, so I can think of no better way to decorate the office than with the stunning artwork that we have bought from the Trust.

“We are based in an iconic building, and wanted to display artwork that lives up to the building’s proud history.”

Interserve runs five Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) that deliver probation services across the country. The PSC delivers a range of key services to support the CRCs.

Sally Taylor, chief executive of the Koestler Trust, said: “I am delighted that the artwork has found a worthy home.

“Art helps break down barriers and misconceptions people may have about former offenders, and as you can tell from the pieces at the Cunard, the artwork is of a tremendously high standard.”

Interserve’s Employee Foundation (IEF) also backed the Koestler Trust by supporting a scheme that employs hosts to provide guided tours at the charity’s annual art exhibition.

For the last three years the Trust has employed six hosts – all of whom have experience of the criminal justice system – to work at the gallery showing visitors around the exhibition.

The IEF aims to improve the quality of life in the communities in which Interserve operates.

This year’s exhibition – We are All Human – is curated by acclaimed poet, writer and musician Benjamin Zephaniah and runs until November 13th.