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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Shared Reading with The Reader

28 Oct, 2pm
Blue Room Foyer, Level 1
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Join The Reader for a shared reading experience and explore stories and poems which have had a powerful impact on readers living in secure environments. These half-hour workshops will be held in this year’s Koestler exhibition, Inside: art by offenders, secure patients and detainees, curated by Antony Gormley.

Since 2008, The Reader has pioneered the use of shared reading to improve well-being, reduce social isolation and build stronger communities across the UK and beyond. They work to inspire and support people to read great literature aloud together – a simple idea that changes lives. They read with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in libraries, community centres, schools, hospitals, recovery centres, and in prisons and probation centres.