Chosen by Olympic rowing champion Katherine Grainger CBE, who will also judge the category. Find out more about the different Koestler Award categories
From as little as £5 a month for a Commended Award, to our top Scholarship Award which offers talented offender artists 10 mentoring sessions with a professional artist, naming an Award can be one of the most direct and satisfying ways to get involved with the Koestler Trust.
More about naming an award
This year we received a record-breaking number of entries to the Koestler Awards – 8,789 pieces of writing, music, film, fine art and design, with some Under 18s Fast Feedback entries still being received! Each entrant will receive a Participation Certificate in recognition of their hard-work and motivation. We also aim to give 80% of entrants written feedback on their work. Congratulations to all entrants on their achievement!
Award-winners are listed here, anonymously, by establishment (pdf).
The Koestler Trust has been running the awards programme for offenders, secure patients and detainees for over 50 years.
The aims of the awards include:
Some work is selected to be shown in displays in a wide range of public spaces including offices, restaurants and prison visit halls.
The Awards offer a great chance for entrants to get their creative work seen or heard, get feedback, sell work, and to share in over £30,000 of prizes.
The awards cover 61 diverse artforms including, beauty, fiction, oil or acrylic, singer-songwriter, magazine journalism and drama.
View the list
Every entrant receives a participation certificate and recognition for their work. We give over 1,500 awards a year, total prize money worth over £30,000, with most winners receiving a cash prize.
Find out more about the prizes
This year's high profile judges also include Turner-prize winning artists Grayson Perry and Jeremy Deller; the National Theatre; the Victoria & Albert Museum; artist Sarah Lucas; celebrity hair stylist Louise Galvin; poet and author John Siddique; artist and activist Htein Lin and Olympic champion Katherine Grainger; amongst lots of other great artists and art professionals.
More on the Judges
We have selected some images that we hope will be an inspiration and a celebration of some of the talented artists who have have submitted their work for a Koestler Award in the past.
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Major exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London
We show a selection of the entries to the public at our annual UK exhibition, which attracts around 20,000 visitors. This takes place in autumn 2014 at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre - one of the most famous arts venues in the world. As well as work exhibited on the gallery walls, the UK exhibition will include readings, performances, film screenings and a special event for entrants' families.
More on the Exhibitions
As well as the UK exhibition at Southbank Centre the Koestler Trust holds shows of local artwork in different areas each year. This gives work in those areas an extra chance to be seen, win awards and sell. In the 2014 Awards year we plan to hold exhibitions in Scotland (with Tramway in Glasgow), the West Midlands (with mac, Birmingham) and Wales (with Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff).