The art awards scheme for offenders, secure patients and detainees

We’re the UK’s best-known prison arts charity. We’ve been awarding, exhibiting and selling artworks by offenders, detainees and secure patients for over 55 years.

Our awards receive over 7,000 entries a year – inspiring offenders to take part in the arts, work towards positive achievements 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.

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Wet Sunday, HM Prison Nottingham, First Koestler Award winner for Painting, 1962

Staff & Board

Board of Trustees

  • Dame Anne Owers, Chair of Trustees (appointed 2013) – National Chair of Independent Monitoring Boards, former Chief Inspector of Prisons, former Chair of IPCC
  • Ariane Bankes, Vice Chair – Arts & Education Freelance writer, niece by marriage of Arthur Koestler
  • Jane Gillespie, Treasurer – former Finance and IT professional and Justice of the Peace
  • David Banks – Former Director of G4S and GSL
  • Nicholas Bowlby – Fine Art Dealer
  • Stephen Chambers RA – Artist, and a member of the governing council of the Royal Academy
  • Zelda Cheatle – Photography Consultant
  • Carl Hardwick – Governor of HM Prison Drake Hall
  • Femi Keeling (née Martin) – Writer and Performer
  • Andrea Rose CMG OBE – Former Director of Visual Arts at the British Council
  • Robert Taylor – Photographer

Honorary President

  • Lord Ramsbotham GCB CBE –  Former Chief Inspector of Prisons


  • Sally Taylor – Chief Executive
  • Lucie Bright – General Manager (pt)
  • Md Robaitul Islam – Finance Officer (pt)

Arts Team

  • Fiona Curran – Director of Arts (pt Tue – Fri)
  • Jo Tapp – Arts Manager
  • Lara Akinnawo – Arts Coordinator
  • Lee Cutter – Arts and Exhibitions Assistant
  • Matthew Anstis – Arts and Exhibitions Assistant
  • Beth Aydon – Arts Team Assistant (pt Mon – Thur)

Outreach and Involvement Team

  • Sarah Mathève – Director of Outreach and Involvement (pt Wed – Fri)
  • Ellie Donaldson – Mentoring Co-ordinator
  • Charis Dishman – Arts and Outreach Officer (pt Weds – Thurs)
  • Fina Schneider – Outreach Administrator (pt)

Fundraising and Development Team

  • Daisy Jayes – Director of Development
  • Mali Clements – Development Officer
  • Flora Allen – Development Administrator