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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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  • Yorkshire 2021

Museums Sheffield Millennium Gallery © Andy Brown

Koestler Arts Exhibition for Yorkshire

Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

January – April 2021

Museums Sheffield Millennium Gallery © Andy Brown

Koestler Arts are coming to Yorkshire for the first time! We’re partnering with Millennium Gallery in Sheffield to exhibit artwork entered into the 2020 Koestler Awards from January to April 2021.

Millennium Gallery is Sheffield’s premier destination for art, craft and design, with permanent displays on metalwork and John Ruskin, and changing exhibitions of contemporary work.

Our curation partners for this exhibition are Sheffield Youth Justice Service. We are delighted to be working with a group of local young people who will be responsible for selecting the artwork and shaping the feel of the show.

After the main exhibition in Sheffield, some of the artworks will travel to North Yorkshire for a display at Ripon Museums. We’ll be filling Ripon Prison and Police Museum with contemporary Koestler artworks, in contrast to their historic displays.

With Yorkshire being the largest county in the UK, we are looking forward to seeing which artworks from Koestler entrants will be up on the walls of the final show.

Stay tuned for further information!