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 Koestler 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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Audience Choice Award

Thank you to everyone who wrote comments cards for our 183 More Sleeps exhibition and voted for their favourite artwork. Your votes have now been counted, and we are pleased to announce the winners! The comments will be sent on to all the artists.

Scotland Audience Choice Platinum Award

Painting from Memory, HMP Shotts, Theme: Journey, Scotland Audience Choice Platinum Award

Painting from Memory, HMP Shotts, Theme: Journey, Scotland Audience Choice Platinum Award, 2016

Scotland Audience Choice Gold Award

Journey, HMP Shotts, Scotland Audience Choice Gold Award, Theme: Journey

Journey, HMP Shotts, Scotland Audience Choice Gold Award, Theme: Journey, 2016

Scotland Audience Choice Silver Award

Loch Torridon, HMP Glenochil, Scotland Audience Choice Silver Award, Watercolour and Gouache

Loch Torridon, HMP Glenochil, Scotland Audience Choice Silver Award, Watercolour and Gouache, 2016