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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  • Postcards from Prison

    Thursday 10 May
    6.30 – 8.30pm
    Sotheby's, New Bond Street, London


Postcards from Prison

Thursday 10 May
6.30 – 8.30pm
Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond St, London

Join us at Sotheby’s for an evening of champagne and canapés hosted by comedian Griff Rhys Jones, and your ticket guarantees that you will be taking home an original artwork by an artist inside or outside of prison.

40 major British artists – including Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Rachel Howard, Alan Kane, Humphrey Ocean RA, Cornelia Parker and Mark Wallinger – will be joining 120 artists from prisons across the country in creating artworks on postcards for the event.

The artwork will be on display to the public from 9.30am – 4.30pm on Wednesday 9 May and Thursday 10 May if you want a sneak preview before the event.

Each £100 ticket comes with one lottery ticket and an invitation for two to join us for the evening at Sotheby’s.

If you can’t make it on the 10th, why not buy a £50 lottery ticket and we will post your original artwork to you following the event.

> buy your Postcard from Prison tickets here.


You can read about our past events > here