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Since 1962 the Koestler Awards have played a unique, national role in motivating prisoners, secure hospital patients and immigration detainees to take part in the arts. The Koestler Awards are simple and powerful – we reward achievement, build self-confidence and broaden horizons for some of society’s most disadvantaged and marginalised people.

Our work harnesses the uniquely transformative power of the arts to help individuals learn the skills and gain the confidence to live creative, positive and productive lives. Each year we receive more than 7,000 entries from over 3,500 entrants across the UK in 52 categories. More than 2,000 Awards are granted by over 100 esteemed judges, and each year culminates in a curated exhibition at Southbank Centre which showcases the incredible power of the arts to transform lives.

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Snape Maltings from across the River Alde (c) Philip Vile

Koestler Exhibition for the East of England

Snape Maltings, Suffolk

1 – 31 August 2019

Entries to the 2019 Koestler Awards from the east of England will be eligible for selection for exhibition programme in partnership with Snape Maltings in Suffolk. The show will bring the voices of prisoners, secure patients, young offenders and detainees to the Snape Proms.

Eligible people should take part in the Koestler Awards using the usual entry forms and guidance notes for terms and conditions, but consider three additional themes in order to stand the best chance of selection.

The exhibition will have three sections, each responding to lyrics written by prisoners at HM Prison Warren Hill. Listen to the songs below:

Who’s this person looking back at me. Is this who I really want to be?

(from Steppin’ Out, HM Prison Warren Hill, 2019)

Hear me now. I got something I’d like to say

(from Hear Me Now, HM Prison Warren Hill, 2019)

Lost in space but the sun shines

(from Satellites, HM Prison Warren Hill, 2019)


Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Snape Proms

About Snape Maltings and the Snape Proms

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – one of the wold’s leading centres of music and a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty. Located on the stunning Suffolk coast, Snape Maltings brings together outstanding concerts and events, distinctive independent shops, cafes, galleries and walks, all set against a breathtaking expanse of reeds, water and sky. Each summer, outstanding musicians from around the world converge on Snape, offering audiences 30 great nights out in one of the world’s great concert halls. From big bands and orchestras to folk groups and solo artists, there’s music for everyone at the Snape Proms.