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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Linked, Southfield Low Secure Unit, Painting, 2021

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You’re helping people in secure settings to unlock their potential

For thousands of people in the criminal justice system, your support will provide the means to learn the skills and gain the confidence to lead positive, productive and creative lives.

Thank you for supporting people in secure settings to transform their lives.

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It makes a real difference to people like myself in prison to have something to accomplish. The Koestler Awards make me feel that I am worth something and not just 'a prisoner'.

Koestler Awards entrant, 2020