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



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.