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Robertson House displays artwork by Scottish Koestler Award entrants

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Robertson House is to display almost 60 paintings by Scottish prisoners over the next five months.

The display has been curated by the Koestler Trust, the UK’s best known prison arts charity, which encourages offenders, detainees and secure patients to change their lives through taking part in the arts.

Although the exhibition is generally not open to the public, there will be two invitation-only events held in November, including a family day on Saturday, 26 November, for friends and relatives of the artists giving them the opportunity to see the work on display.

The artwork will be seen by visitors to Robertson House, which, as well as being home to The Robertson Trust and 25 Third Sector tenants, is used by many other Third Sector organisations for events and meetings, attracting over 7000 visitors per year.

Sally Taylor, Chief Executive of the Koestler Trust, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with The Robertson Trust following their invitation to mount this imaginative display of work entered into the 2016 Koestler Awards by Scottish establishments which gives the artists a unique opportunity this year to show their work.’

Meanwhile, our director, Kenneth Ferguson, said: “When we opened Robertson House in 2013, our vision was to create a charity hub that offers high quality facilities and support to the Third Sector.

As such, we’re delighted to offer the building for this event and I’m sure our tenants and visitors will greatly appreciate the talent on show.

Find out more about Robertson House here.