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 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.

We have no endowment or capital – our work depends entirely on donations.

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Antony Gormley in the Koestler Arts Centre, 2017

Inside: with curator Antony Gormley

11 Oct, 6pm
Level 5 Function Room, Green side
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Hear from sculptor Antony Gormley, as he discusses his experience of meeting prisoners and curating the work of detainees for this year’s Koestler Awards exhibition, Inside. He is joined in conversation with Jacqueline Rose, Professor of Humanities at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

It is a really sad thing if we think that art can only be found in art galleries and museums.

Antony Gormley, curator

Hosted by Erwin James, editor of Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners and detainees.

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