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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The Koestler Trust

168A Du Cane Rd
W12 0TX

T: 020 8740 0333

The building is not open to the public – please make an appointment before visiting. The Koestler Arts Centre is next to the front gate of Wormwood Scrubs Prison. (You don’t have to go through prison security to reach us.)

  • Buses: 7, 70, 72, 272 and 283 stop right outside.
  • Tube: East Acton. There is a 10-minute walk from East Acton tube station (Central Line). Turn left out of the station. Take the second right into Wulfstan Street, which ends at Du Cane Road, where you turn left. You will find us on the left after about 200 metres.
  • We have secure storage for bicycles.
  • We are outside the Congestion Charge zone.
  • Deliveries to the door can be booked in advance, but parking is very limited (although free and easy on a Saturday).


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Mimi Spirit, HM Prison Lewes, Zoe Scott Cards4Life Commended Award for Craft 2015