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.

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  • 100 Years On

    An Art Trail by Women in Prison

HMP Send Pond, Camden and Islington Probation, Painting, 2017

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.

Public venues will displaying work from International Women’s Day on 8th March.

Please note – many of the venues are not open to the public. Please see the leaflet to check if the venue is open to the public and check opening times directly with the venues.

Click here to download the 100 Years On leaflet

Click here to download the 100 Years On press release

 

Venues

  • Richard Burgon MP

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

  • Southbank Centre

    Collage, Atkinson Secure Unit, Transform Under 18s Special Award for Mixed Media 2017

  • Guardian News and Media, Head Office

    The Bat Cave, HMP Holloway, Camden and Islington Probation Service, Silver Award for Painting

  • Camden Town Hall

    Peacock, HM Prison Send, Gold Award for Painting 2017

  • Baroness Corston, House of Lords

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

  • Lord Ramsbotham

    A Life of Purpose, HM Prison Bronzefield, First-Time Entrant Award for Songwriting 2017

     

  • Ruth Cadbury MP, House of Commons

    Confidence Leading to a New Me, HM Prison Bronzefield

  • Ellie Reeves MP

    Untitled, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton

  • Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, Head Office

    Labyrinth, HM Prison Peterborough

  • Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey

    Untitled, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton

  • National Police Chiefs’ Council

    Love From Behind The Bars, HM Prison Peterborough

  • Royal Courts of Justice

    Inside the Envelope, HM Prison Send

  • Parole Board, Head Office

    The Empress, HM Prison Downview

  • New Scotland Yard

    This is London Guv, Atkinson Secure Unit, Highly Commended Award for Printmaking

  • Telegraph Media Group, Head Office

    Come to Jail, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton, Commended Award for Poem 2017

  • Radzinowicz Library, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

    Dream Volcano, HM Prison Send, Edmund Paton Walsh European Unity Highly Commended Award for Mixed Media 2017

  • UEA Law School, Earlham Hall, University of East Anglia

    Two Head & Shoulders, Atkinson Secure Unit, Tina Wallace Under 18s Special Award for Portrait

  • Snape Maltings

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

  • Durham Constabulary Headquarters

    Breakfast, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton

  • Leeds Combined Court

    Amy 2, Atkinson Secure Unit, Under 18s Special Award for Portrait 2017

  • Newcastle City Centre Police Station

    Amy 1, Atkinson Secure Unit

  • Dame Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Office

    Labels, HM Prison Send

  • Bedlington Police Station

    Britain’s Forgotten Pride: The Golden Eagle, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton

  • Etal Lane Police Station

    Abstract Painting, HM Prison Peterborough

  • Nepacs

    The Other Half, HM Prison Send

  • HM Prison & YOI Low Newton

    Summer in a Pink Dress, HM Prison Send

  • HM Prison Askham Grange Visitor Centre

    Wild Rabbits, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton

  • South Shields Police Station

    Zebras, HM Prison & YOI Drake Hall

  • Carlisle Crown Court

    Beach, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton

  • City Hall, London

    To be announced…

  • St George's Hall

    HMP Send Pond, Camden and Islington Probation

  • Liverpool Crown and Magistrates Court

    Different But The Same, Atkinson Secure Unit

  • Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square

    Peeping Through the Flowers, HM Prison & YOI Styal

  • Edith Rigby House

    Rehabilitation, HM Prison Peterborough, Silver Award for Painting

  • Northern Ireland Prison Service Headquarters

    This Time Round, HMYOC Hydebank Wood

  • Anawim's Women's Centre

    Women Resilience, HM Prison Peterborough

  • Birmingham Crown Court

    Organic Tree, HM Prison Send, Gold Award for Painting

  • HM Prison Styal

    Mechanical Heart, HM Prison Send, David Wentworth Bronze Award for Painting

  • National Justice Museum

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

  • Nottingham Crown Court

    Windmill, Atkinson Secure Unit, Arts Society Cambridge Gold Award for Photography 2017

  • Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research

    Turmoil, Kibble Safe Centre

  • Scottish Prison Service Headquarters

    My Heart Flutters, HM Prison & YOI Grampian, Highly Commended Award for Craft

  • HM Prison & YOI Grampian

    Bonny, HMYOI Polmont

  • Guildford Crown Court

    Milton Keynes, Atkinson Secure Unit, Katharine Cheney First-Time Entrant Award for Printmaking 2017

  • Winchester Combined Court Centre

    Egyptian Princess, HM Prison Peterborough

  • Salisbury Law Courts

    Love From Behind The Bars, HM Prison Peterborough

  • Emily Wilding Davison Building, Royal Holloway University of London

    Wings of Freedom Triptych, St Mary’s Kenmure, Highly Commended Award for Mixed Media 2017

  • Victoria Prentis MP, Constituency Office

    Happiness, Atkinson Secure Unit

  • HM Prison Downview

    Monkey Lady, HM Prison Peterborough

  • HM Prison Send

    When I Look at My Life, HM Prison Eastwood Park

  • Plymouth University Law School

    Prison Horror, HM Prison Bronzefield

  • Alex Chalk, MP Constituency Office

    The Eye, Atkinson Secure Unit

  • Exeter Crown and County Court

    A Typical Day in Jail, HM Prison Eastwood Park

  • Nelson Trust Women's Centre

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

  • Cardiff Crown Court

    Pool, Atkinson Secure Unit, Commended Award for Photography 2017

  • School of Art, Aberystwyth University

     

    Inside Job – The Green Hatton Garden Sheep Heist, Camden and Islington Probation, Bronze Award for Painting 2017

     

  • Koestler Trust Headquarters

    Day of the Dead Panel, Isle of Man Prison, Highly Commended Award for Mixed Media

  • Bob Neill MP, Constituency Office

    A Life of Purpose, HM Prison Bronzefield, First-Time Entrant Award for Songwriting 2017

  • HM Prison & YOI East Sutton Park

    A Life of Purpose, HM Prison Bronzefield, First-Time Entrant Award for Songwriting 2017

  • School of Law, University of Leeds

    12 Days of Christmas, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton, Silver Award for Song Writing 2017

  • Middle Engine Lane Police Station

    The Empress, HM Prison Downview

  • Eleanor Rathbone Building, University of Liverpool

    Come to Jail, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton, Commended Award for Poem 2017

  • School of Law, University of Manchester

    A Life of Purpose, HM Prison Bronzefield, First-Time Entrant Award for Songwriting 2017

  • The Pankhurst Centre

    Come to Jail, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton, Commended Award for Poem 2017

  • HM Prison New Hall

    Love From Behind The Bars, HM Prison Peterborough

  • High Sheriff of Derbyshire

    Love From Behind The Bars, HM Prison Peterborough

  • HM Prison Peterborough

    Untitled, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton

  • HM Prison and YOI Drake Hall

    Untitled, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton

  • Dr Phillip Lee MP, Constituency Office

    Love From Behind The Bars, HM Prison Peterborough

  • HM Prison Bronzefield

    The Empress, HM Prison Downview

  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset Office

    12 Days of Christmas, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton, Silver Award for Song Writing 2017

  • High Sheriff of Berkshire

    A Life of Purpose, HM Prison Bronzefield, First-Time Entrant Award for Songwriting 2017

  • HM Prison Eastwood Park

    Untitled, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton

  • Hilary Rodham Clinton School of Law, University of Swansea

    Come to Jail, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton, Commended Award for Poem 2017

  • Julie Morgan AM, Constituency Office

    Love From Behind The Bars, HM Prison Peterborough

  • Caernarfon Justice Centre

    Untitled, HM Prison & YOI Low Newton

  • North Wales Women's Centre


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