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 50 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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Haroon Mirza and Gaia Fugazza judging Digital image

Judging the Koestler Awards

Our judges play a vital part in maintaining the impact and prestige of the Koestler Awards. By using their expertise to select award-winning artworks from over 8,500 entries, the judges help recognise and reward the skill, effort and ambition of people in the UK’s criminal justice system.

Entries are judged by over 100 experts from different fields. 2015 judges included Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Council, the National Theatre, the British Film Institute, Louise Galvin, Speech Debelle and Hot Chip.

We are grateful to the following judges who gave awards and feedback to 2015 Koestler Awards entrants, and the many more people who helped compile shortlists and volunteered to give written feedback.

  • Animation

    Roger Graef

    Roger is one of Britain’s leading television documentary-makers, often using ‘fly-on-the-wall’ techniques. He was also a founding board member of Channel Four and a governor of the British Film Institute.  He was a Trustee for the Koestler Trust for 10 years and is now a patron of the charity. Graef is particularly renowned for his influential documentaries involving police forces and issues of criminality, as well as a focus on youth and children’s issues. He is also known for his pioneering work in gaining access to previously closed institutions, ranging from ministries and boardrooms to police, courts, prisons, probation and social work.

  • Anthology

    Rishi Dastidar

    Rishi has worked as a journalist, copywriter and poet. He has written for a wide variety of brands in different sectors during his career, while his poetry has been published by the Financial Times, Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre amongst many others. His work was most recently in Ten: The New Wave (Bloodaxe, 2014). A winner of And Other Stories short story prize in 2012, he has also had reviews published in the Times Literary Supplement. He also serves as a trustee of Spread The Word.

  • Arts Projects

    Gemma Latty

    Gemma is Exhibitions Coordinator in the British Council’s Visual Arts Department and works primarily on international exhibitions of British art. Previous projects include Anish Kapoor’s first solo exhibition in India; British Pavilion exhibitions at the Venice Biennale in 2009, 2011; and most recently Sarah Lucas in 2015.

    Louise Shelly

    Collaborative Projects Curator at The Showroom Gallery, London, where she runs a programme called Communal Knowledge developing collective arts projects around questions of social injustice and political arts practices.

     

  • Beauty

    Carole Warburton

    Carole has been a nail technician for the last 25 years and a Koestler Awards judge for 14 years. This year Carole will be travelling to Jamaica to do the nails for Caribbean Fashion week.

  • Braille

    Kevin Carey

    Kevin is chair of the RNIB Group. Founder and CEO of humanITy, an eInclusion charity, and a Board Member and Investee Champion of Social Investment Business. Carey is also chair of the WBU (World Blind Union) Technology Committee and President of Transforming Braille Group LLC, a global project to produce a refreshable braille display at 10% of the current market price.

  • Calligraphy

    Jila Peacock

    Painter and printmaker Jila Peacock was born in Iran and graduated in painting from St Martin’s School of Art in 1984.

    In 2003-4 she made a hand printed edition of a book of Ten poems from Hafez, the metaphysical fourteenth century poet of Shiraz, which was exhibited at The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge in 2005 and the British Museum exhibition, Word into Art, in 2006.

    A new version of the book published by Sylph Editions, won the British Book Design Award in the literature category, in November 2006. In 2008, the short animation film Tongue of the Hidden, made from the calligraphy of two of her shape poems, was short-listed for a Scottish BAFTA.

  • Ceramics

    Philippa Adams

    Philippa is Senior Director, Exhibitions & Acquisitions at Saatchi Gallery, a London gallery for contemporary art.

    Emma Bridgewater

    Emma is a ceramic designer and founded her ceramics manufacturing company Emma Bridgewater in 1985. The company is one of the largest pottery manufacturers based entirely in the UK, with all of its products made and individually hand-decorated in its factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

    Abigail Cohen

    Abigail is a ceramicist and painter. She makes hand thrown ceramic vessels such as cups and bowls – as with a painting, she aims for her pots to tell stories through their surface.

    Suzanne Katkhuda

    Suzanne is a ceramic and hand painted tableware designer and some of her work can be found in the Ceramics Study Galleries at the V&A Museum, London. Suzanne established Holdenby Designs in 1987 to manufacture and sell her designs. She also had a factory in Stoke-on-Trent and Northampton.

  • Choral Music

    Richard Harding

    An independent symphony chorus based in London, the Philharmonia Chorus was founded in 1957 and quickly established itself as one of Europe’s leading symphony choruses.  In a highly distinguished career, the Chorus has performed with nearly all the leading conductors of the age.  The Chorus performs regularly in London, and over the next year will undertake tours to Spain and Germany.

  • Computer Generated Music

    Hot Chip

    Hot Chip was formed in 2000 by old school friends Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard, later joined by Felix Martin, Al Doyle and Owen Clarke. Their second album ‘The Warning’ was nominated for both a Grammy and the Mercury Prize in 2006. The follow-up, 2008’s ‘Made in the Dark’ made the UK Top 5 and produced a Top 10 single in “Ready for the Floor”. The band is also known for its DJ talent, and has remixed the likes of Gorillaz and Amy Winehouse.

  • Cover Version

    Andrew Childs

    Andrew started his career in the music industry as a freelance press photographer mainly shooting live concerts and events for various pop and rock music consumer publications, newspapers and news agencies.  Instigated by the onset of the digital revolution, Andrew enhanced his media portfolio and expanded into both Public Relations and music journalism work ranging from industry reporting for Music Week and the Guardian to discovering and writing about new groups and artists as New Blood editor on Artrocker TV. Andrew is now fully focused as an Artist Manager and last year set up Holy Dotage Music Limited, a bespoke management company currently devoted to rising psych rock n roll trio, Desert Mountain Tribe, a band which this year released their debut album via signed label deals in both Europe and the U.S.

  • Craft

    Nicky Hessenberg

    A craft artist whose work includes rugs and wallhangings made from a variety of recycled textiles, with graphic and abstract design work.

    Carola Zogolovitch

    A trained typographer and book designer and Koestler Awards judge for over 15 years.

  • Digital Art

     

    Zelda Cheatle

    Zelda is a curator and a visiting lecturer at several universities, including the Central St Martins, Kingston, Belfast, Westminster, and Sir John Cass. She recently curated the Sony World Photography Awards for Somerset House, Mother River in China and a global exhibition of 868 prints from 23 countries and 129 artists for Dubai 2016.  She is currently working with Autograph, the association of Black photographers.

    Jason Shenai

    Jason is a freelance photographer who also runs Millennium Images, a picture library representing the best of 500 contemporary photographers. Jason also lectures in various university photographic centres and for several years was module leader on the Documentary Photography course at the University of Westminster.

    Caroline Woodley

    Caroline studied at Glasgow School of Art and currently lives in London where she works as publishing director for Afterall, a research and publishing organisation at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She also writes on art and literature for various art magazines and literary blogs.

  • Drawing

    Charles Avery

    Charles Avery is an Artist who has exhibited his work globally. He has devoted his practice to the description of a fictional Island which he continues to elaborate, with its own population, customs and cosmology, nature and architecture, expressed in the form of large-scale drawings, sculptures, installations, texts and moving images.

    Willa Beckett

    Willa worked for the Royal Drawing School, in various roles, for over four years from 2001. She then became Patrons Manager at The Art Fund before working for The National Gallery as Development Manager for four years. Willa moved to New York with her husband in early 2013 and returned to the Royal Drawing School. Her role for the School involves both fundraising and building collaborative programmes with arts organisations in the U.S.

    Rose Pinto-Duschinsky

    A graduate of Chelsea College of Art, Nendie was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and Derwent Drawing Prize in 2013. In 2015 she Premiered her feature film of ‘Elizabeth 1: The Last Dance’, filmed in Tokyo, in Australia and Chile. She will release her documentary, 8 years in the maker about performer Lindsay Kemp, ‘Lindsay Kemp’s Last Dance’ later this year and a new short film about Ernesto Tomasini called ‘One Life to Live’ in may and is currently co-curating a festival of Art and Journalism at the University of the Arts London.

    Rose Verney

    A working artist with her background in a range of media including, sculpture, typography, textiles and photography. Rose is also an art therapist, working in mental health and palliative care.

  • Fashion

    Juliet Ash

    Known internationally as a leading figure in the field of Fashion and Dress History and Theory. Juliet is currently a visiting tutor in the History and Theory of Dress and Textiles at the Royal College of Art.

  • Fiction

    David Roberts

    Former editor at Chatto and Windus and was editorial director at Weidenfeld and Nicolson. Now a full-time crime fiction writer.

    Anthony Whittome

    As editorial director of Hutchinson and Random House UK, Anthony published work by authors including Kingsley Amis, Anthony Burgess, Frederick Forsyth, Martin Gilbert, Joanna Trollope, Hugh Thomas, and John Keegan.

    Martha Whittome

    A qualified teacher with over ten years’ experience in literary arts administration, running the Poetry Book Society.

  • Film

    Matthew Cuzner

    Matthew works at the British Film Institute within the Education department. He is partly responsible for running and judging the annual Future Film Festival for 15 – 25 year olds, as well as a year-round programme of workshops, screening and events for young filmmakers. He also manages the BFI’s partnership and activities with the Doc Next Network, a movement of organisations from the UK, Poland, Turkey, Spain and the Netherlands working with socially engaged media makers to present alternative perspectives of Europe.

  • Furniture

    Dr Sarah Teasley

    Head of History & Design at the Royal College of Art. Her research uses case studies in furniture design and manufacturing to consider broader questions around design, technology and society.

  • Graphic Design

    Emily Wood & Ruth Sykes

    Co-founders of REG graphic design studio. They are also both Associate Lecturers in Graphic Design at Central St Martins College of Art & Design.

  • Graphic Novels

    Al Ewing

    Al has been working in comics for more than ten years. He’s best known in the UK for writing Judge Dredd and Zombo for 2000AD, and in the US for his work on Mighty Avengers and Loki for Marvel Comics.

  • Hairstyling

    Louise Galvin

    Top celebrity colourist Louise Galvin, based in her father’s famous Daniel Galvin Salon in London, with over 20 year’s experience in the hair care industry.  Has coloured the hair of several fashion and beauty icons including, Sophie Dahl, Samantha Cameron and Patsy Kensit.

  • Hand-made Books

    Mike Abrahams

    Mike is a designer, artist book maker, curator and athlete. He calls all these activities ‘work’ as they are all as important as each other in his life. His work has taken him from Nepal to Greece, Singapore to Italy and from Jordan to Senegal – making logos and brands, books, events or just running. All aspects of his work influence his artist books which can be found in the collections of Tate and the V&A as well as around the world.

    Deb Rindl

    After years of office work, Deb Rindl escaped and ran off to Camberwell College of Arts to join the Graphics & Illustration BA course as a mature student.  She creates artist’s books in small editions, mostly printed and made by hand, and notable for their “sculptural” quality.

  • Hand-made Greetings Cards

    Melissa Taylor

    Textile designer and trends consultant who has worked for a variety of fashion and homewares companies, including illustrating cards for Tigerprint/Marks & Spencer.

  • Instrumental Music

    David Gough

    Performer, songwriter and classical and media composer. He has also worked recording, editing, mixing and producing in different genres.

    Danielle Perret

    An internationally respected classical music performer and teacher, who has taught in universities and conservatoires around the world.

  • Life Story

    Jane Corry

    A journalist who writes novels and short stories using her own name and under the pen name Sophie King. She also writes non-fiction books including ‘How to Write Your Life Story in Ten Easy Steps’. She has also been writer in residence at HMP Grendon.

    Anthony Whittome

    As editorial director of Hutchinson and Random House UK, Anthony published work by authors including Kingsley Amis, Anthony Burgess, Frederick Forsyth, Martin Gilbert, Joanna Trollope, Hugh Thomas, and John Keegan.

  • Magazines

    Claire Dodd

    A freelance journalist with over eight years’ experience writing for national newspapers, magazines, websites and the trade press. She has written for titles such as The Guardian, The Independent, Zest, Channel 4 Food, TNT, The Good Food Channel and The London Paper.

  • Matchsticks/Matchsticks & Mixed Media

    Andrew Wright

    Until recently, Andrew was Quality Assurance Manager at Republic Technologies (UK) Ltd. Having worked with a company that manufactured, and now sells, matches for over 30 years Andrew is very well qualified to judge the matchstick modeling categories. Andrew has judged the awards for a number of years and never ceases to be amazed at the time, effort and enthusiasm that is put into the entries.

  • Mixed Media

    Ben Borthwick

    Ben is Artistic Director of Plymouth Arts Centre. He previously worked at Tate Modern where he curated many large scale exhibitions with established and emerging artists, and was Director of the international art prize Artes Mundi.

    Ruth Ewan

    Scottish-born artist based in London, whose work has been shown by Camden Arts Centre, Tate Britain, The New Museum, New York, and the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh among others. Curated the Koestler 2015 Scotland exhibition ‘183 More Sleeps’.

    Rob Tufnell

    Writer, curator and gallerist based in London. Rob currently runs a commercial gallery, but has previously worked as a curator at Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Dundee Contemporary Arts.

  • Murals and Wall-hangings

    Robert Sae-Heng

    Robert is a freelance Illustrator/ Artist/Muralist based in London with Mexican and Thai origin who graduated from The University for the Creative Arts in 2009. He was born audibly impaired but eventually learned to read and speak at a later age. He draws and paints for European/ International clients and enjoys composing images that encapsulate daily evanescent scenes.

  • Music Composition

    Christopher Brown

    A renowned composer of choral, chamber and orchestral music who taught composition for nearly 40 years at the Royal Academy of Music.  Winner of several significant awards, including:  the Prince Pierre of Monaco Prize, the Guinness Prize (twice) and the Washington DC International String Quartet Prize.

  • Nature Photography

    Teresa Elwes

    Former grants executive of the Bromley Trust. Teresa is the niece of Toby Bromley who founded the Bromley Trust and after whom the award was established. Teresa is a stone cutter and photographer.

    Gavin Maxwell

    A photographer, film-maker, writer, and lecturer with award-winning expertise in the production of world-class projects from the far East to the far West. His career includes over 20 years’ producing and directing TV for the BBC Natural History Unit and BBC Science, writing and photographing for Random House Books, and lecturing at the Royal Geographical Society.

  • Needlecraft

    Lucy Maxwell

    Lucy is a new Koestler Awards judge this year. She is a local handicraft designer and upholsterer.

    Jane Parvin

    Long term supporter of the Koestler Trust and sponsor of the category, with personal connections to the needlework industry. Jane has been a Koestler Awards judge for almost 20 years.

  • Off-the-cuff Speaking

    Dez & Ali Quarréll

    Dez and Ali Quarréll opened Mythstories museum in 1999 which experiments with different ways to display and tell stories, including: storywalks, storytelling performances, school and community projects.

  • Painting

    Bridget Boulting

    Trained at the Central School of Art & Design.  She has had a professional life as an artist, teaching art to adults and periodically exhibiting as a painter. Bridget has recently judged the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize 2015 at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

    Claudia Carr

    Trained at the Slade School of Art and went on to teach there. She now holds teaching positions at the Royal College of Art and also exhibits her own artwork in solo and group shows.

    Charlotte Cullinan

    One half of an artistic duo, Charlotte produces collaborative work from traditional means: painting, sculpture, performance, drawing, film, video and photography. Internationally exhibited artist and current director of MA Fine Art at Kingston University, London.

    Sandra Singer

    An aspiring painter in oils and acrylics, Sandra feels she remains a perpetual student, appreciating the efforts and achievements of others.

    Caroline Wilkinson

    Has taught art in day centres (outreach) in the 80’s and fine art in various art schools including Central St Martins and Goldsmiths. Also has performed with artist with Gary Stevens.

  • Pastels

    Angela Findlay

    Artist of mixed media paintings that have been widely exhibited in galleries across the UK and who has many years of experience teaching art to prisoners and young offenders.

    Jane Joseph

    Artist based in London who studied painting at Camberwell School of Art. Jane’s work consists predominately of large charcoal drawings and small black and white etchings concerned with the urban landscape.

    Ruth Taylor

    A translator, art historian and print maker, Trustee of the Irene Taylor Trust Music in Prisons.

  • Photography

    Simona Aru

    Simona studied photography at the European Institute of Design in Cagliari, moving to live and work in Venice, followed by New York then London. Her photos have been exhibited in several spaces in New York City, such as the White Box Gallery in Chelsea and the ABC No Rio gallery in the Lower East Side.

    Robert Taylor

    Freelance photographer with 25 years experience.  Specialising in portrait photography, Robert has work in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Society, and several private collections.

  • Poem

    Carol Ann Duffy

    Is the poet laureate, the first Scot and the first woman to hold the position. An acclaimed poet and playwright, Duffy is the author of numerous award-winning poetry collections, plays, and fairy tales and poetry for children. Awarded an OBE in 1995 and a CBE in 2002 for services to Poetry, she is Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Poetry Collection

    Tim Dooley

    Tim’s collections of poems include ‘Keeping Time’ (2008) and ‘Imagined Rooms’ (2010), both published by Salt. He is reviews editor for Poetry London and has written about poetry and poets for The Times and The TLS.

    Anna Robinson

    Is a founder and poetry editor of Not Shut Up!, a creative writing magazine for prisoners.  Anna’s second poetry collection, ‘Into The Woods’, was be published by Enitharmon in 2014. Anna is also a lecturer and has worked in prisons as a teacher and librarian.

    Jack Underwood

    Won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and Faber published his debut pamphlet in 2009 as part of the Faber New Poets series. He co-edits the anthology series ‘Stop Sharpening Your Knives’, and reviews for Poetry London and The Poetry Review. His debut collection ‘Happiness’ is published by Faber in July 2015.

  • Portraits

    Paul Benney

    Paul is represented in public and private collections around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery, Australia, The National Portrait Gallery, London. He has twice won the public choice award in the BP Portrait Award and as one of the country’s leading portrait artists, he has painted many prominent cultural and political figures.

    Gavin Graham

    Art consultant and advisor who studied History of Art and ran a gallery for many years. Also a patron of the National Portrait Gallery.

    Linda Heathcoat-Amory

    Linda is a professional painter, living in London and Scotland. After studying painting at Camberwell and printmaking at the Royal College of Art, she worked in the print studio at Hornsey College of Art. She exhibits at the Jonathan Clark gallery in Park Walk, Fulham. Linda is also a Trustee of The Monument Trust which supports the Arts and Heritage, Criminal Justice and Health and Community Care.

    Chris Ingram

    Chris is a businessman, entrepreneur and art collector. He started to collect art in 2000 and soon chose to specialise in Modern British Art. The majority of the Ingram Collection is held at The Lightbox gallery, Woking. The 650 piece collection is actively used in the community, helping schools, prisons and mental health organisations.

    Carol Wates

    Studied at Guildford College of Art and Chelsea College of Art and has since had a varied career in the arts. Her family have been long-term active supporters of the Koestler Trust and her husband is a Trustee of the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust.

  • Printmaking

    Susan Aldworth

    Artist and printmaker.

    Gill Saunders

    Senior Curator of prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

     

  • Radio Play

    Tim Crook

    Tim Crook is head of radio at Goldsmiths, University of London, has produced, written and developed audio drama for many decades and is the author of ‘Radio Drama: Theory & Practice’ (1999) and the forthcoming ‘Writing Audio Drama’ also published by Routledge next year.

  • Radio Production

    Dorothy Feaver

    Documentary maker for BBC Radio 4 and managing editor for Manifesta Biennial.

  • Rap, Hip Hop and Grime

    Speech Debelle

    Mercury Prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle has long-been socially and politically engaged, presenting a documentary for the BBC on homelessness in 2012 and curating the Koestler Trust’s 2013 exhibition ‘The Strength and Vulnerability Bunker’.

  • Recycling or Papier Mâché

    Caroline Harris

    A teacher for 30 years where she taught art to girls of all ages. She also has an interest in graphic design.

    Edwin Lucas

    Edwin has been involved with recycling for over 25 years and a Koestler judge and sponsor for 16 years who has bought many pieces. He admires the talent and welcomes back fomer artists’ work.

    Lady Jennifer Sieff

    Involved over many years in several charities, with particular emphasis in the fields of music and ballet.

  • Screenplay

    Olivia Hetreed

    A working screenwriter, whose credits include the hit film ‘Girl With the Pearl Earring’ and ‘Wuthering Heights,’ directed by Andrea Arnold. She is also chair of the Writers’ Guild (GB), acts as a mentor to screenwriting students, and teaches masterclasses on screenwriting.

  • Sculpture

    Peter Donaldson

    Artist who is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal Academy. Peter’s mixed media, video and digital artwork has been exhibited at the Frieze Art Fair, Pilot, and Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo.

    Caroline Woodley

    Caroline studied at Glasgow School of Art and currently lives in London where she works as publishing director for Afterall, a research and publishing organisation at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She also writes on art and literature for various art magazines and literary blogs.

    Tom Woolner

    Artist based in London, working predominately in sculpture and performance. He recently completed a residency and exhibition at Site Gallery in Sheffield and was part of the performance event, More Soup and Tart, at the Barbican, London.

  • Singer-songwriter – Original

    Laura Doggett

    Singer-songwriter Laura Doggett’s mesmerising lyricism and distinctive soulful sound has attracted a legion of fans and critical attention. Her music features prominently on ITV series Broadchurch. Most recently she has headlined a set in the BBC Introducing tent at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2015.

  • Soft Furnishings

    Angela Swan

    Weave judge on Monty Don’s BBC2 programme ‘Mastercrafts’ who taught at Chelsea College of Art and Design and Southampton University for 25 years. Angela is a textile designer with an international clientèle.

    Harriet Wallace-Jones

    Joint owner of Wallace Sewell, a highly individual woven textile design studio. She has also taught textile design in top universities. Harriet and her partner Emma have designed many of the seating fabrics for London Underground Tubes and buses.

  • Songwriting

    Alex Highton

    Alex Highton is a Cambridgeshire based musician and songwriter, who released his first album, “The Woodditton Wives Club”, in 2012. BBC Suffolk Introducing described his most recent album, “Nobody Knows Anything”, as “another remarkable collection of stories and muses from a genius of songwriting”.

    Robert Rotifer

    Canterbury-based Robert Rotifer is a music writer, artist, as well as the guitarist, singer and songwriter in his own band Rotifer. Their recent seventh album “The Cavalry Never Showed Up” was praised by Uncut magazine for its “witty, sardonic lyrics.”

  • Spoken Text

    Kayo Chingonyi

    Kayo was born in Zambia in 1987, moving to the UK in 1993. He holds a BA in English Literature from The University of Sheffield and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and works as a writer, events producer, and creative writing tutor. As a creative writing tutor Kayo has devised and delivered workshops for The National Theatre, London School of Economics, Royal Shakespeare Company, YMCA, and English Pen amongst many others. As well as poetry, Kayo leads workshops in collaborative practice, theatre, life writing, fiction, song writing and performance.

  • Stage Play

    Neil Grutchfield

    Neil is a script reader with 15 years’ experience. He worked as New Writing Manager for  the Synergy Theatre Project and as Literary Manager at Hampstead Theatre. He has done freelance work for a wide range of organisations including the Royal Court and Soho Theatre.

  • Textile Art

    Jessica Light

    One of the last working trimming weavers in the UK. Jessica designs, weaves and makes contemporary and innovative passementerie (trims and tassles) for interiors and fashion.

  • Themed Category: Journey

    Charles Darwent

    Charles Darwent was art critic of the Independent on Sunday from 1999-2013. He was also on the The Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Pentonville for seven years. He is currently writing a biography of the Bauhaus artist, Josef Albers.

  • Watercolour

    Jeremy Deller & Alan Kane

    Jeremy Deller is a Turner-prize winning artist. He has also represented Britain at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Alan Kane’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition, Alan has made works for television with Art Angel and for TfL’s Art on the Underground series. Alan and Jeremy’s collaborations include the Folk Archive, which gathers an array of objects alongside documentation of performances and events associated with Britain’s local folk culture. In addition, Alan and Jeremy have produced The Home Office collection of art from prisons, secure hospitals and young offenders institutions. This curatorial artwork included many artworks submitted into the Koestler Awards.

  • Web Design

    Kevin Crabb

    Kevin has over 10 years experience in providing professional web solutions.

  • Woodcraft

    Geoff Nunn

    Left school at the age of 15 and trained in joinery and carpentry which led to a varied career including manufacturing, managament and teaching. Taught at Highdown Prison.

    Doris Simon

    Studied ceramics and sculpture in Brussels. MA in sculpture at the Royal College of Arts. Retrained as a carpenter at Lambeth College.


Looking round the entries to the Koestler Awards is like taking a tour through the collective subconscious. Here are the concerns, hopes and obsessions of thousands of people.

Grayson Perry, artist