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.

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Antony Gormley in the Koestler Arts Centre, 2017
Letter to My Mother, HM Prison Channings Wood, First-Time Entrant Award for Watercolour, 2017

Inside: curated by Antony Gormley

Art by offenders, secure patients and detainees from the 2017 Koestler Awards

21 Sep – 15 Nov
Royal Festival Hall

Antony Gormley, the renowned artist, curates an exhibition showcasing artworks produced in the UK’s prisons, secure hospitals and immigration removal centres, and by ex-offenders in the community.

This year’s show responds to the theme ‘Inside’, set by Gormley with input from prisoners, and aims to get people talking about the UK’s criminal justice system.

The artworks are selected from over 7,000 pieces of fine art, design, writing and music entered to this year’s Koestler Awards.

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

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