Welcome to the Koestler Trust
  • The Koestler Awards 2014 \ Closing date 14th April
  • Past Exhibitions
  • Koestler Trust at the Venice Biennale
  • Name an Award

PRISON ART
AND THE KOESTLER TRUST

We are the UK's best-known prison arts charity. We have been awarding, exhibiting and selling artworks by offenders, detainees and secure patients for over 50 years.

Our awards receive over 8,000 entries a year - inspiring offenders to take part in the arts, work for achievement and transform their lives. Our national exhibition attracts 20,000 visitors - showing the public the talent and potential of offenders and people in secure settings.

We have no endowment or capital - our work depends entirely on donations. More

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Name an award Support us
by naming a Koestler Award

We've received over 8,700 entries - more than ever before – to the 2014 Koestler Awards. We need your help to give out as many awards as possible. So please support us and recognise the talent and achievement of our artists by Naming an Award.

Ocean of DespairMENTORING

Since 2007, we have supported ex-offenders to continue with their artistic activities by matching them with a specially trained arts mentor. We now have two ways in which we offer support to a wide range of people who have been involved in the criminal justice system who would like to develop their interest in the arts.
Find out more about mentoring and how to apply

A PrayerUnder 18's fast feedback programme

Entrants to the Koestler Awards who are under 18 can enter for our Fast Feedback Programme. This offers a faster turnaround and additional Koestler awards for young people.

If the artwork that has been entered has been made as part of an Art Award project you will also be considered for the 'Arts Award Achievement Prize'
Find out more the Under 18's Fast Feedback Programme

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If you'd like to receive news on forthcoming exhibitions, Art Sales and projects please sign up for our mailing list.

QUICK LINKS

2014 Koestler Awards Katharine Grainger 2014 Koestler Awards

We're processing the thousands of entries to this year's Awards. We'll confirm receipt of your entries at the end of June and Awards results will be announced here at the end of August.

Books in prisons:
public statement

We share some of the concerns that colleagues in other charities and the arts have expressed about recent changes to "Incentives and Earned Privileges" for prisoners.
Read our full statement

RSPH
The Koestler Trust has won an RSPH Award

Soundcloud
The Koestler Trust is now on Soundcloud. Feel free to share these great tracks and leave your feedback.

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