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Since 1962 the Koestler Awards have played a unique, national role in motivating prisoners, secure hospital patients and immigration detainees to take part in the arts. The awards are simple and powerful – we reward achievement, build self-confidence and broaden horizons for some of society’s most disadvantaged and marginalised individuals.

Without Koestler I would have had nothing in prison to show me that I can change, and make a new future for myself. Hearing people say positive things about my work is a new experience and drives me to keep trying

Koestler Awards entrant 2018, HM Prison Wymott

The Koestler Awards exist thanks to voluntary donations from businesses, trusts and foundations, individuals and gifts in wills. With your help, we can do more to inspire ambition and hope in the men, women and young people in the criminal justice system today.