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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  • HMP Wormwood Scrubs Carol Concert

    A unique chance to enter the Grade II listed chapel for an evening of carols with the prisoners
    Thursday 14 December


Carol Concert at Wormwood Scrubs and Christmas art sale

Thursday 14 December

We are thrilled to invite all the Friends of the Koestler Trust to a carol concert inside the beautiful chapel of HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs, a Grade II listed building, followed by a last chance to buy artwork, craft and ceramics entered into the 2017 Koestler Awards and fantastic Koestler Trust merchandise. All perfect for under the Christmas tree.

If you would like to come along to this unique evening inside the Scrubs and are not already a Friend of the Koestler Trust, sign up here and we will also send you a Koestler gift pack and invitations to events and exhibition openings throughout the year.