Participants in the Koestler Awards, and the staff who support them, told us several years ago that we could help by providing a themed category for entrants to use as a starting point when preparing their submissions. In response we started the annual Themed Category. Each year a theme is chosen to which entrants can respond in any of the other Koestler Awards artforms.
The Themed Category gives many entrants the inspiration to take part in the Awards, often for the first time, and to experiment with new artforms. It doesn’t affect the other categories of Koestler Awards, although when a category has been especially popular, its impact can sometimes be felt across our exhibitions.
Scroll down to see artworks from previous years of the Koestler Awards.
|2018||Connections||judged by Reggie Yates|
|2017||Inside||chosen by Antony Gormley|
|2016||Comfort||chosen by the Koestler Trust’s social media followers|
|2015||Journey||chosen by the Koestler Trust’s social media followers|
|2014||Dreams||judged by Olympic champion, Katherine Grainger CBE|
|2013||Forgiveness||judged by Dame Jude Kelly OBE|
|2012||50||in celebration of 50 years of the Koestler Trust|
|2011||Help!||chosen by Jeremy Paxman|
The Arts Project category is open to entries which feature components that cover several Koestler Awards artforms, and that are created to engage people as artists, participants and audiences. Entries must include description of the aims of the project, documentation of the artistic outcome and the people involved.