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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  • Judging Blog

Judging Blog

Behind the Scenes at the Koestler Awards

This year we’re writing a blog about the judging process for the Koestler Awards, giving an insight into how the decisions are made and revealing our expert judges’ tips on how to make an outstanding piece of work.

The Koestler Awards have 52 different categories, from matchstick models to handmade books, and our judges are drawn from many different professions.

Our fantastic team of judges this year includes Emma Bridgewater, Hot Chip, Jeremy Deller, Cariad Lloyd and many more.

To read the blog, click > here