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

Feedback Tuesdays and Fridays – August 2019

Throughout August, 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.

We will also be running two Saturday feedback days on the 10th and 17th August.

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