Our annual Themed Category helps provide a starting point for many entrants and the staff who support them. Entrants can respond to the theme across any of the Koestler Award artforms.
The theme gives many entrants the inspiration to take part in the Awards, often for the first time.
The Themed Category doesn’t affect the other categories of Koestler Awards, although when a category has been especially popular, its impact can sometimes be felt across our exhibitions.
The 2020 Themed Category is ‘Window.’
|2019||Interlude||judged by Raphael Rowe|
|2018||Connections||judged by Reggie Yates|
|2017||Inside||chosen by Antony Gormley|
|2016||Comfort||chosen by our social media followers|
|2015||Journey||chosen by our social media followers|
|2014||Dreams||judged by Olympic champion, Katherine Grainger CBE|
|2013||Forgiveness||judged by Dame Jude Kelly OBE|
|2012||50||in celebration of 50 years of the charity|
|2011||Help!||judged by Jeremy Paxman|
The Arts Project category is open to entries which feature components that cover several Koestler Awards artforms. Entries must include a description of the aims of the project, documentation of the artistic outcome and the people involved.
View a selection of award-winning Multi-artform entries from previous Koestler Awards below.