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 55 years.

Our awards receive over 7,000 entries a year – inspiring offenders to take part in the arts, work towards positive achievements 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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  • First Impressions -
    Portraits from Prisons

Tooth Pick Lady - Don't Go to the Dentist in Prison!, Camden and Islington Probation Service, Portrait, 2017

First Impressions – portraits from prisons

Curated by the Koestler Trust, at the invitation of the Prisons Mission of                    Churches Together in Westminster

21 March – 10 June 2018

> Click here to see a selection of the artworks in the show.

The Koestler Trust and The Prisons Mission present an exhibition touring central London churches throughout 2018. The tour begins at St James’s Piccadilly, and continues to Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church and St Martins-in-the-Fields.

The Prisons Mission is an initiative of Churches Together in Westminster (CTiW) which provides support and assistance identified and needed by the multi-faith Chaplaincy Teams in prisons. It also aims to ensure that prisons while out of sight are not out of mind.

The exhibition showcases a selection of portraiture and sculpture entered into the 2017 Koestler Awards from across the UK. The artworks highlight the skills and talents of people in prisons and other secure settings and represent the strength of work that is entered into the awards scheme every year.

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