Unlock the talent inside

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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Safeguarding Policy

The Koestler Arts Safeguarding Policy can be accessed via the link below. You can also request a copy by calling 020 8740 0333, emailing info@koestlerarts.org.uk or writing to Koestler Arts, 168a Du Cane Road, London W12 0TX.

Koestler Arts Safeguarding Policy January 2019