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 Green Fields of Rye, HM Prison Risley, Commended Award for Drawing, 2020

Gifts in wills

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Through leaving a gift in your will, you can bring hope and encouragement to people in the future.

We’ve partnered with Farewill, the largest will writer in the UK, to offer a free will writing service.

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3. Leave your legacy. Know that people and causes you care about most will be remembered when you are gone. You don’t have to give to Koestler Arts to use this free service, but any gift you may wish to leave will help transform lives, long into the future.


Being a supporter of Koestler Arts feels so much more personal. I believe that human beings thrive on feeling connected with others, that we are essentially social beings. So this opportunity to ‘connect’ via personal artwork or other creations, with individuals who have been detained, is an important factor in why I like to support Koestler Arts.

Koestler Arts supporter