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 50 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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Koestler Arts Centre


Postcards from Prison: 17 May

The Koestler Trust invites you to a fundraising evening at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill. Each ticket includes an original artwork made on a postcard, and with 50 high-profile artists joining 150 artists from prisons across the country, there is a one-in-four chance of winning an artwork by an established artist including Grayson Perry, Sarah Lucas, Harland Miller, Cornelia Parker, Rachel Howard and Allen Jones.

You can purchase tickets here.



Bars, Walls and Windows (But No Yellow), HM Prison Shotts, Silver Award for Painting, 2016

Robertson House Display

Artworks by Scottish Koestler entrants are on show at Robertson House charity hub in Glasgow as part of a five-month display.  The Koestler Trust held two invitation-only events in November, including a family day for friends and relatives of the artists giving them the opportunity to see the artwork.  To find out more click here.


Open House and art sales

We hold regular events in the Koestler Art centre. Subscribe to our newsletter to hear about the next one. You can have a look at the previous one here.