"Between here and there"

„Between HERE and THERE” is the theme of the fourth international art competition that the non-profit organization Art and Prison e.V. is announcing for imprisoned individuals. Artworks from women, men and adolescents in correctional institutions will be awarded prizes. A jury of art experts will decide the winners. 


The artworks entered in the competition will become part of a unique collection of „prison art“ that will be shown throughout Europe in a travelling exhibition. Previous collections were shown, for example, at the German Palace of Justice in Berlin, in the American Center for the Arts in Paris, in the Lichtenstein National Museum in Vaduz and in the Munich Palace of Justice. The art competition, the exhibition, accompanying publications and a targeted publicity campaign want to make the public aware of the realities of life in prison.


The international art competition 2016/17 and the Europe-wide travelling exhibition of the art works have the following purposes:

  • encourage prisoners to engage in the creation of art and give the public the opportunities to appreciate this art.
  • encourage prisoners to reflect on their lives through art und to use the freedom of art to create while living in conditions in which their freedom is otherwise non-existent.
  • make the public aware of the realities of living behind bars.
  • overcome the exclusion of prisoners through the creativity of art and bring people „inside“ and „outside“ in contact with one another, if possible in a personal interaction.
  • convey positive impulses for personal development; promote personal interaction with other people that can contribute to security, re-socialization and reintegration into society.

Art is the universal language that connects people. It can build a bridge „between HERE and THERE“. It can also signal the breakdown of communal life. It places no limit on the imagination. Through the realization of this theme, paintings can be created that help correct misconceptions and put into question prejudices. Artworks created by prisoners can change our perceptions of „good and evil“, „free or not free“, „innocent or guilty“. Societal and personal realities as well as the personal destiny of the prisoners come to light when „between HERE and THERE“ the freedom of art is filled with life and opens internal spaces that have no bars.


The competition is international and will be announced in different languages. If possible, each participant will receive a certificate of participation. In the event that projected funding is realized, each participant will also receive a catalogue that documents the competition.


The ten best works will receive cash prizes:


First prize: 1,000 euros

Second prize: 500 euros

Third prize: 300 euros

Fourth to tenth prizes: 100 euros


In accordance with the legal statutes that govern it, Art and Prison e.V. pursues only non-profit, charitable purposes. Participation in the art competition entails the donation of the art work. In the event that the work is sold, proceeds flow only to the non-profit purpose of Art and Prison e.V. and the participants. The entries can be shown to the public. An internationally constituted jury is responsible for awarding the winners. Their decisions are final and are not reviewable by the courts. Please take note of the conditions of participation and the practical tips for labeling the competition entries:



Art Competition: Donata Freifrau Schenck zu Schweinsberg, Vice-president of the German Red Cross. 

Vernissage: Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Sophie von und zu Liechtenstein

Theme: „Between HERE and THERE"


Entry deadline: August 15, 2017


Vernissage and exhibition of the art works: February 21, 2018  -  June 10, 2018 at the National Museum of Liechtenstein, Vaduz


Conditions of participation

Women, men and adolescents who, at the time of placing their entry, find themselves in prison, in remand pending deportation, under court-ordered supervision in hospitals or on work release, may participate in the competition. The entries must be created during this time. The entries can't have previously been shown in a public exhibition or appeared in a publication. Each participant can enter only one artwork. Drawings, paintings and graphics may be entered that don't exceed 60 x 80 cm. If possible, they should be framed or in a passepartout. Canvases must be hangable. An internationally constituted jury is responsible for awarding the winners. Their decisions are final and are not reviewable by the courts. Costs: There is no participation fee. In substantiated cases assistance can be rendered in acquiring materials necessary to create the work. Mailing and transportations costs cannot be assumed by Art and Prison e.V.


Mailing address for the entries

Art and Prison e.V.

Wrangelstrasse 51

D-10997 Berlin - Germany


Labeling the works

- Name of participant

- Nationality of participant

- Country and name of prison with its address!

- Contact person at the prison

- Title of work and Signature

- Information regarding measurements and technique employed



Evaluation criteria: originality, realization of the theme, design quality. Jury decisions cannot be challenged in court.

Participants and the public will be informed of the jury decisions.



First prize: 1,000 euros

Second prize: 500 euros

Third prize: 300 euros

Fourth to tenth prizes: 100 euros


Legal information and data protection

By entering an art work the participant declares that he/she has created the work and that he/she is the owner of all rights pertaining to the work. Art and Prison e.V. may display the work publicly free of charge under the name of the artist. The copyright remains with the artist in accordance with the law. The participants declare that they are the owners of all rights pertaining to the work and have the unrestricted right to utilize the work as they wish. Further, they declare that no third persons have any claims to the works and that no rights of third persons have been infringed in the depiction of persons. Art and Prison e.V. assumes no responsibility for the damage or loss of the entries. The entries become property of Art and Prison e.V., which is legally recognized as a non-profit organization and uses the donations in form of the artworks in the service of its purposes. When necessary for reasons of data protection anonymity can be granted. By placing their entries the participants accept the conditions of participation. Art and Prison e.V. reserves the right to modify the conditions of particpation. Decisions are not reviewable by the courts. We ask that entries not be made when the conditions of participation cannot be fulfilled. The decisions of the jury are final.

The Association Art and Prison

The association "Art and Prison" originated from an initiative by well-known artists, who supported an exhibition im Rome entitled "Art from Prison” in 2007. The association was officially registered in 2009 in Berlin, the city in which a wall had separated people for decades.

Prison walls also separate people but we are convinced that in this situation art can build a bridge of understanding.

The association desires to make clear that beyond and across national borders, art can make a valuable contribution to humanity and to greater respect for human dignity; a service to the victims of criminality and crime. 


Our objectives: 

  • Raise awareness of what life is like behind bars
  • Show that "quality art" can be created also, and sometimes especially, in prison
  • Motivate artists worldwide to contribute creatively and concretely through their artistic work to improve the humanitarian situation in prisons
  • Invite art lovers and sponsors worldwide to support this initiative
  • Hold international exhibitions and contests, support publications
  • Present paintings and sculptures of "free" and imprisoned artists
  • Support social projects
  • Be a forum for dialogue

The association is not aligned with any political party and is not bound to any specific denomination or ideology. The association's charitable, non-profit status is recognized by the German government and donations are therefore tax-deductible.

The Art Contest 2014 - 2015

"Half a square meter of freedom" - this was the topic of the last art contest launched by Art and Prison. More than 200 people under arrest, from more than 20 countries, submitted their works. Below the works of the winners and the other participants.

Winning works here

Supported by the ICPA

We would like to thank the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) for communicating the art contest on the ICPA website.