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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Become a Koestler Friend


Become a Friend and receive a Koestler Gift Bag and invitations to our year-round events and exhibitions.

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We really value the vital financial support we receive from individuals, and we would love it if you would consider supporting us by becoming a Friend.

As a Friend you will receive a gift bag and invitations to our events, sales and exhibitions throughout the year, as well as our newsletter. Simply renew each year to continue being part of the growing family of supporters of our invaluable work.

Interested in becoming a lifelong Friend? Call us on 020 8740 0333 for more information or to set up a standing order.