Art Aid

  • Update for Under 25s

    After receiving feedback from young offender institutions and secure children’s homes about their current needs, we have put together an activity sheet specifically aimed at a younger audience. This sheet incorporates creative tasks with a selection of puzzles and a blog post written by a Koestler staff member about their experience of isolation in prison. Download the PDF

Activities for prison learners

Inspiration and in-cell activities for people in criminal justice settings during the coronavirus lockdown

During the coronavirus lockdown, we will be sharing a weekly Art Aid sheet with simple activities to help inspire learners in prisons and secure settings. Learners will only need a pen or a pencil and some paper to get started.

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, prisons, YOIs, IRCs, other secure settings, and criminal justice services in the community are facing extremely challenging conditions.

Understandably, many of the usual activities for wellbeing and learning are not able to happen at the moment and learners may have limited access to materials.

We know that the arts can be a lifeline for those in secure settings and that receiving recognition and feedback through our annual Koestler Awards can have a hugely positive impact on those who enter – which is why we wanted to share these art activities with anyone who needs them.

On each Art Aid sheet, you will find a couple of ideas for creative activities that can be done using limited materials, as well as samples of past entries to the Koestler Awards to provide inspiration.

We are working with education provider Novus to distribute these to their learners through in-cell screens and paper packs and want to assist any other organisations in reaching learners too.

We’d love to see some of the results as entries to the 2020 Koestler Awards. We have pushed back our 2020 Awards deadline until further notice so that entrants can benefit from the motivation of the Koestler Awards during this period. Read more on our Koestler Awards 2020 FAQ page.

If you’re an education provider or prison arts organisation, please download, share and use the sheets below. Don’t forget to print entry forms for the 2020 Koestler Awards to go alongside them.

Please do let us know if you are using them to help your learners or if you have any questions or feedback.

Download the Art Aid activity sheets: