Unlock the talent inside

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 people.

Our work harnesses the uniquely transformative power of the arts to help individuals learn the skills and gain the confidence to live creative, positive and productive lives. Each year we receive more than 7,000 entries from over 3,500 entrants across the UK in 52 categories. More than 2,000 Awards are granted by over 100 esteemed judges, and each year culminates in a curated exhibition at Southbank Centre which showcases the incredible power of the arts to transform lives.

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The Koestler Trust

168A Du Cane Rd
W12 0TX

T: 020 8740 0333
E: info@koestlertrust.org.uk

The building is not open to the public – please make an appointment before visiting. The Koestler Arts Centre is next to the front gate of Wormwood Scrubs Prison. (You don’t have to go through prison security to reach us.)

  • Buses: 7, 70, 72, 272 and 283 stop right outside.
  • Tube: East Acton. There is a 10-minute walk from East Acton tube station (Central Line). Turn left out of the station. Take the second right into Wulfstan Street, which ends at Du Cane Road, where you turn left. You will find us on the left after about 200 metres.
  • We have secure storage for bicycles.
  • We are outside the Congestion Charge zone.
  • Deliveries to the door can be booked in advance, but parking is very limited (although free and easy on a Saturday).

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