Unlock the talent inside

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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RE:FORM: Events

Opening Day
Thursday 1 October 2015, 2.30pm

Official opening by Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP with performances from the Liberty Choir, ‘Behind the Scenes of the Exhibition’ event and Pop-up Koestler Art Shop.

Liberty Choir performing at the opening of REFORM

Liberty Choir performing at the opening of RE:FORM

Rt Hon Michael Gove opening REFORM

Rt Hon Michael Gove opening RE:FORM

 

Voices From Prisons
Monday 12 October 2015, 6.30pm

You May Have Your God But I Have My Bloodied Nose, HM Prison Shotts, oil on canvas, Swain & Co. Highly Commended Award for Painting

You May Have Your God But I Have My Bloodied Nose, HM Prison Shotts, oil on canvas, Swain & Co. Highly Commended Award for Painting

An evening of writing and performance created in custodial settings and by ex-offenders, providing an insight into the varied music and writing projects within secure settings. Featuring live performances, recordings and discussion. Tickets £8.

 

Koestler Pop-up Art Shop
10 October – 27 November 2015

The Koestler Pop-up Art Shop will be open at the following times and locations:

Saturday 31 October, 4-8pm
Level 2, Royal Festival Hall

Saturday 7 of November, 11.30am – 7.30pm
Saturday 14 November, 11.30am – 7.30pm
Spirit Level, Royal Festival Hall

Sunday 15 November, 4pm – 8pm
Tuesday 17 November, 4- 8pm
Saturday 21 November, 4-8pm
Level 2, Royal Festival Hall

Wednesday 25 November, 11.30am – 7.30pm
Thursday 26 November, 11.30am – 7.30pm
Friday 27 November, 11.30am – 7.30pm
Spirit Level, Royal Festival Hall

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