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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Recent press releases

Inside – Art by Offenders, Secure Patients and Detainees from 2017 Koestler Awards, curated by Antony Gormley > download the press release

We Are All Human – Art by Offenders, Secure Patients and Detainees from 2015 Koestler Awards > download the press release

PAPERWORK – Display at the Supreme Court > download the press release

Summer open house 2016, Koestler art sale > download the press release

LOUD! – The Koestler Exhibition for the North East  > download the press release

183 More Sleeps – The Koestler Scotland Exhibition > download the press release

RE:FORM – Art by Offenders, Secure Patients and Detainees from 2015 Koestler Awards > download the press release


Recent press coverage

‘BEYOND THE DOOR: Great Art by Hidden Artists’, 28 January 2017

‘Abstract Art by Prisoners to form new Exhibition’, Edinburgh Evening News, 7 Nov 2015

‘I’s Not ‘Prison Art’ – It’s Just Art’, Gabriel Samuels, Huffington Post, 2015 

‘Inside View of Prisoners’ Art’, Manchester Evening News, 2014

‘War Frames: prisoners depict their experiences in Iraq at the Venice Biennale’, David Batty, The Guardian, 2013





Relax - It's Coffee Time, HMP Bure, Bronze Award for Recycling or Papier Mache 2015

Relax – It’s Coffee Time, HM Prison Bure, Bronze Award for Recycling or Papier-Mâché 2015