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Langdon patients win big in Koestler Awards!

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in #ProudofDPT on 12th November, 2020

Over lockdown, patients at Langdon had an exciting opportunity to work alongside Matt Smith, Technical Instructor, along with lecturers and students from dBs music. The aim of this project was to create music reflecting their experiences of this unprecedented time while recognising the limitations placed on access to therapeutic sessions because of the national lockdown.

For the past six years, Matt has been helping patients to make sense of their experiences through music, offering sessions to all of the patients, from the musically capable to those who have never thought of engaging with music before. Matt has regularly entered pieces into the Koestler Awards – an annual competition for arts created in criminal justice settings.

The Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice started in 1962. Each year over 3,500 people in custody and in the community share their creative work by taking part. The Koestler Awards provide feedback and encouragement to entrants of all abilities in visual art, design, writing and music.

Excitingly, Langdon patients were among those to win big in the Awards.

Patient won the Platinum Award (£100.00) for his track "Train of Thought".

Patient won Silver Award (£40.00) for his track "Abri a janela da tua mente"

As well as this, 6 students from dBs and external artists received ‘Commended’ awards for remixes of patient’s original works.

These pieces should feature at The Royal Festival Hall London some point in the future.

Huge congratulations to the winners and all those that took part in the Window Project.