Koestler Awards

The Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice started in 1962. Each year over 3,500 people in custody and in the community share their creative work by taking part. The Koestler Awards provide feedback and encouragement to entrants of all abilities in visual art, design, writing and music.

In addition to the Koestler Awards, we also run an arts mentoring scheme for former prisoners who want to continue to develop their work in the community. Find out more about Koestler Arts Mentoring.

Awards Results

Each year, we give out over 2,000 Koestler Awards. Every entrant gets a certificate and many winners receive a cash prize. This year's results will be announced on 30 October 2020!

Results announced 30 October 2020!