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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Upcoming Events

Koestler Voices Feedback-Writing Event

for National Writing Day – afternoon of 26 June 2019

Join us to write lots and lots of personal feedback on creative writing by prisoners at our offices in West London.

We receive thousands of pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry every year from prisoners of all levels of writing experience and ability. Each piece is personal and heartfelt, and we aim to write feedback to every entrant. You can help us achieve this by hand-writing clear, short, subjective feedback.

IMPORTANT: All participants must be over 18 and must register to Lara Akinnawo at lara@koestlerarts.org.uk by 17 June.

Feedback Tuesdays and Fridays – July 2019

All through July, we are running feedback writing days on Tuesdays and Fridays. Volunteers are welcome to join us to write personalised feedback for various visual, written and audio entries, including Sculpture, Spoken Word, Painting, Portrait and Craft. Let us know which kind of artworks you would be interested in writing about.

If you would like to join us for any dates in July, please register to Phoebe Dunn at phoebe@koestlerarts.org.uk.