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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Cherries + Flowers, HM Prison Dumfries, Bronze Award for Pastel, 2015

Stir Supper Club

An evening of food and art at Stir, Woolwich.

Stir Woolwich

On 27th February 2020, social enterprise Stir will host a Koestler Arts supper club and talk at their café in Woolwich. The event will mark the opening of a month-long display of work from recent Koestler Awards.

Stir is a social enterprise café in the heart of Woolwich. It provides real life experience in hospitality for students going through their Recovery College, and much of the produce served is grown on their local allotment. Their motto is Good | Mood | Food – eating and being well. They put on regular events to engage their local community.

Tickets are £30 and include a 3 course home cooked meal.

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