Soul Journey to Truth is an exhibition that shines a light on the creative talent within prisons, secure settings, and people on probation in the North West.

Lady Unchained (Brenda Birungi) has curated over 135 artworks from entries to the 2020 Koestler Awards – an annual scheme run by Koestler Arts, the UK’s leading prison arts charity promoting artistic achievement in the criminal justice system and secure sectors.

This exhibition aims to share the fragile and powerful stories through art that would otherwise go unheard.

Visitors can explore visual art, music and writing that imagine hopeful futures and reflect diverse voices. Artworks are curated into themes of A Moment for Self-reflection, Forest, Animals, Texts, Black History Dedication and Paths.

A soundscape and wider playlist, accessible online, places specific emphasis upon the voices of women within the criminal justice system.

Lady Unchained is the Founder and Creative Director of Unchained Poetry, an artistic platform for artists with lived experience of the criminal justice system. Her mission is to prove that there is life after prison and challenge the ex-offender label through creativity.

Soul Journey to Truth is produced in partnership with HOME and Koestler Arts as a part of Ripples of Hope Festival, which takes place on 15-19 Sep 2021 at HOME.


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         Supported using public funding from Arts Council England


30 minutes

Admission to this exhibition is free, but tickets should be booked in advance.

Age guidance rating: 12+

Content Warnings: Contains strong language and reference to mental illness, sexual abuse, self-harm, suicide, drugs. For specific content warnings click here

Mon - Sat: 12pm - 8pm. Sun: 12pm - 6pm