Since 2007, we have supported ex-offenders in continuing their artistic engagement by matching them with a specially trained arts mentor.
Our mentoring is designed to support people who have experience of the criminal justice system and who have a keen interest in the arts to develop their practice in the community. Koestler mentors support the mentee in developing their skills e.g. building their portfolio, identifying other arts opportunities, disseminating their work and/or applying to educational courses. Mentees are provided with up to 7 mentoring sessions over a 12 month period.
A small number of Named Koestler Scholarships are awarded each year to award winners who have an existing body of work. The recipients of this mentoring are also awarded £150 in prize money and £150 of art materials. The work of Koestler Scholars is showcased at our exhibitions.
Koestler Mentoring Programme
In this film we hear from a variety of people about how the mentoring scheme works, including prison and probation staff, three mentees and their mentors, one of the Trust’s supporters and Dr Leonidas Cheliotis – who has independently evaluated the mentoring scheme.