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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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  • My Path

    Ripon Prison and Police Museum

Murmuration, HM Prison Wealstun, First-Time Entrant Award for Watercolour and Gouache, 2020

My Path – Ripon

Art by People in the Criminal Justice System

Ripon Prison and Police Museum

June – September 2021

After the exhibition, My Path at Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, a smaller group of artworks will travel up to North Yorkshire for a display at Ripon Museums.

We’ll be filling part of Ripon Prison and Police Museum with contemporary Koestler artworks from the exhibition My Path, in contrast to the museum’s historic displays.


About the Venue: Ripon Museums

Ripon Museums comprise three historic sites, all within walking distance of each other. As well as the Prison and Police Museum, there is a Courthouse Museum and a Workhouse Museum. Ripon Museums ‘together tell a sorry and interwoven story of Law and Order in time’s past’.

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