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Since 1962 the Koestler Awards have played a unique, national role in motivating prisoners, secure hospital patients and immigration detainees to take part in the arts. The Koestler Awards are simple and powerful – we reward achievement, build self-confidence and broaden horizons for some of society’s most disadvantaged and marginalised people.

Our work harnesses the uniquely transformative power of the arts to help individuals learn the skills and gain the confidence to live creative, positive and productive lives. Each year we receive more than 7,000 entries from over 3,500 entrants across the UK in 52 categories. More than 2,000 Awards are granted by over 100 esteemed judges, and each year culminates in a curated exhibition at Southbank Centre which showcases the incredible power of the arts to transform lives.

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  • Stories, Socks & Jay Cloths

    Stories, Socks & Jay Cloths
    HM Prison and Young Offender Institution Low Newton
    John Crockett Highly Commended Award for Themed Category: Interlude
    2019

    Limited edition of 100, +5 Artist’s Proofs (unframed)

    Giclée print on Hahnemühle – Photo Rag, 308gsm, 49 x 33.8 cm

    Numbered and embossed with Koestler Arts Editions logo on front

    You will receive the next available number in the edition of 100.

    Koestler Arts Editions is a series of inspiring Koestler Awards entries, beautifully printed in limited numbers, and sold to raise funds for the charity. We are delighted to launch our first limited edition print, Stories, Socks & Jay Cloths.

    We are enormously grateful to Susan Dunn for her support of this project. By covering the initial costs, all proceeds from the prints will now directly benefit our entrants, and provide encouragement and opportunity to even more people in the criminal justice system.


  • Woman in Cafe

    Woman in Cafe
    St. Magnus Hospital
    Bronze Award for Portrait
    2019

    Oil pastel on paper.

    Sold unframed, dimensions: 29.7 x 42cm.

    Original artwork by a Koestler Awards Entrant.

    Click below to see the full image.


  • Sunscape

    Sunscape
    218 Service
    Mixed Media
    2019

    Paper, cardboard and tissue paper on paper.

    Sold unframed, dimensions: 40.8 x 29.9cm.

    Original artwork for a Koestler Awards Entrant.

    Click below to see the full image.

    Please note: There is a small tear in the middle at the bottom of the paper. This is only visible when looking at the back of the artwork.


  • Square Top Caravan

    Square Top Caravan
    HM Prison Lewes
    Highly Commended Award for Watercolour and Gouache
    2019

    Watercolour on card.

    Sold unframed, dimensions: 38.3 x 29.8cm.

    Original artwork by a Koestler Awards Entrant.

    Click below to see the full image.


  • Cool Mount Fuji

    Cool Mount Fuji
    HM Prison Woodhill
    Watercolour and Gouache
    2018

    Watercolour on card.

    Sold unframed, dimensions: 37.7 x 27cm.

    Original artwork by a Koestler Awards Entrant.

    Click below to see the full image.


  • Connections to Faith

    Connections to Faith
    HM Prison & Young Offender Institution Low Newton
    Commended Award for Watercolour and Gouache
    2018

    Watercolour on card.

    Sold unframed, dimensions: 15.3 x 25.8cm.

    Original artwork by a Koestler Awards Entrant.

    Click below to see the full image.


  • Blobs

    Blobs
    HM Prison Woodhill
    Watercolour and Gouache
    2018

    Watercolour on paper.

    Sold unframed, dimensions: 26 x 29.5cm.

    Original artwork by a Koestler Awards Entrant.

    Click below to see the full image.


  • Summer in a Pink Dress

    Summer in a Pink Dress
    HM Prison Send
    Painting
    2017

    Sold framed, dimensions: 48 x 63cm.

    This artwork was on display at HM Prison & YOI Low Newton in County Durham as part of our project 100 Years On.

    Koestler Arts displayed artwork by women in prison in key sites across the UK in 2018. The project played a part in the Vote 100 celebrations which took place throughout 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which granted women the right to vote.

    Click below to see the full image.


  • Milton Keynes

    Milton Keynes
    Atkinson Secure Unit
    Katharine Cheney First-Time Entrant Award for Printmaking
    2017

    Sold unframed, dimensions: 29.4 x 36.2cm.

    This artwork was on display at Guildford Crown Court as part of our project 100 Years On.

    Koestler Arts displayed artwork by women in prison in key sites across the UK in 2018. The project played a part in the Vote 100 celebrations which took place throughout 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which granted women the right to vote.


  • The Eye

    The Eye
    Atkinson Secure Unit
    Drawing
    2017

    Sold unframed, dimensions: 29.7 x 40.1cm.

    This artwork was on display at the Constituency Office of Alex Chalk MP as part of our project 100 Years On.

    Koestler Arts displayed artwork by women in prison in key sites across the UK in 2018. The project played a part in the Vote 100 celebrations which took place throughout 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which granted women the right to vote.


  • Desert of Destiny

    Desert of Destiny
    HM Prison Styal
    Painting
    2018

    Being creative in prisons has been my saving grace, as I have been able to express myself and deal with my emotions. Art was there when words failed me. I have realised potential within myself that I did not know existed. I survive my prison sentence by having hope and faith for a better future. My artwork is an expression of dreams of travel.

    This artwork was on display at the Supreme Court as part of our project 100 Years On.

    Koestler Arts displayed artwork by women in prison in key sites across the UK in 2018. The project played a part in the Vote 100 celebrations which took place throughout 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which granted women the right to vote.


  • Come to Jail

    Come to Jail
    HM Prison & Young Offender Institution Low Newton
    2017

    Limited edition print – 43cm x 43cm (framed)
    Sold in white wooden frame, with perspex.

    Designed by Kirsty Shorrock for our 100 Years On art trail.

    Koestler Arts displayed artwork by women in prison in key sites across the UK in 2018. The project played a part in the Vote 100 celebrations which took place throughout 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which granted women the right to vote.


  • Love From Behind The Bars

    Love From Behind The Bars
    HM Prison Peterborough
    2017

    Limited edition print – 48cm x 63cm (framed)
    Sold in white wooden frame, with perspex.

    Designed by Kirsty Shorrock for our 100 Years On art trail.

    Koestler Arts displayed artwork by women in prison in key sites across the UK in 2018. The project played a part in the Vote 100 celebrations which took place throughout 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which granted women the right to vote.


  • A Life of Purpose

    A Life of Purpose
    HM Prison Bronzefield
    First-Time Entrant Award for Songwriting
    2017

    Limited edition print – 77cm x 77cm (framed)
    Sold in white wooden frame, with perspex.

    Designed by Kirsty Shorrock for our 100 Years On art trail.

    Koestler Arts displayed artwork by women in prison in key sites across the UK in 2018. The project played a part in the Vote 100 celebrations which took place throughout 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which granted women the right to vote.