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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  • 100 Years On

    An Art Trail by Women in Prison

HMP Send Pond, Camden and Islington Probation,

100 Years On: An Art Trail by Women in Prison

In 2018 the Koestler Trust will be displaying artwork by women in prison in key sites across the UK.

These ‘corridors of power’ will display around 100 artworks by over 50 women who have entered artwork and poetry into the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Koestler Awards.

The project will play a part in the Vote 100 celebrations which will be taking place throughout 2018 celebrating the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act which granted women the right to vote.

Many suffragettes were famously imprisoned 100 years ago and this trail will shine a light on the challenges faced by women in prison in 2018, put their challenges on the agenda of policy makers and catalyse improvement in the treatment and rehabilitation of women prisoners.


Suggest a Venue

If you know somewhere that you think should be part of this celebration and display a piece of artwork by a woman in prison we would love to hear about it, and all suggestions will be considered.


Authentic HMP Collage Greeting Cards, Camden and Islington Probation, Gold Award for Handmade Greetings Card, 2017




100 Years On is supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust in memory of Helen Cadbury