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 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.

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Westgate 10, HM Prison Frankland, 2015

Arts Project

The Arts Project category is open to submissions with components that cover several Koestler Awards artforms created to engage people as artists, participants and audiences. Entries must include description of the aims, documentation of the artistic outcome and people involved.


Taking Steps

Taking Steps, Rampton Hospital, Platinum Award for Arts Project, 2015

Home Book

GROUNDation Poetry Project, HM Prison Wandsworth, Gold Award for Arts Project, 2015