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 7,000 entries a year – inspiring offenders to take part in the arts, work towards positive achievements 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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Doing Time with the Arts


The Koestler Trust at 50

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This book celebrates the Koestler Trust’s 50th Birthday. For half a century the Koestler Trust has encouraged the creativity of those who find themselves behind bars. And that creativity is boundless, fuelled by powerful feelings of hope and despair, love and loss, longing and remorse. It takes as many forms as the emotions and skills that underly it – poignant portraits, eloquent poems, imaginary landscapes, ingenious objects – and in making this work public, the Koestler Trust showcases an astonishing spectrum of inventiveness and talent.

This book was first published by the Koestler Trust to coincide with its 2012 National Exhibition Free: Arts by offenders, secure patients and detainees, curated by Sarah Lucas.

Paperback: 64 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9574101-0-7