2020 Koestler Awards

  • No Lockdown in the Imagination: an update on our UK exhibition at Southbank Centre

    Updated 10/09/2020

    Koestler Arts and Southbank Centre have been working hard to ensure that we still reflect the voices of prisoners from across the UK this autumn. We know it’s more important than ever to showcase our entrants this year, even though it will need to be very different. We are now working to produce a powerful installation across the outdoors spaces of the Southbank Centre. No Lockdown in the Imagination will run from 12 November – 13 December 2020. Read more.

    We’re postponing our Camille Walala curation partnership till September 2021 – when we’ll be back in our large space in the Royal Festival Hall, with all our family days, exhibition hosts, events, tours and pop-up shop.

    Our Yorkshire and North West shows in early 2021 are still planned to go ahead, and a selection of 2020 entries will also be exhibited at the National Justice Museum, Nottingham in early 2021.

The deadline for the 2020 Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice settings has now passed.

This year’s Themed Category is window. We invited our entrants to have a go at producing a poem, drawing, painting, song or any other Koestler Artform using the word window, as a theme.

We know the importance of our work to those who are in the criminal justice system, particularly those who may be more isolated than usual, due to specific challenges our prisons and other secure settings are facing.

We are delighted to have received over 6,500 entries by the revised deadline of 7 July and will do our utmost to respond to submissions in the usual ways (feedback, awards, certificates, sales, exhibitions).

2020 Koestler Award-winners will be announced on 30 October 2020. Please check back for more details!


North West England Exhibition

Plans are underway for an exhibition of artwork by entrants across the North West of England as part of the Ripples of Hope Festival of Human Rights, at HOME in Manchester in 2021.

More info coming soon!