Postcards from Prison

Postcards from Prison

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As we leave May behind, our Development team are breathing a big sigh of relief after a busy few weeks preparing for our second fundraising event of the year.

Postcards from Prison, our lottery fundraiser, returned for the first time since the pandemic, for an in-person event & lottery draw at the end of May. This popular event brings together postcard-sized artwork created especially for this event by both artists in prison and major British artists, offering supporters a guaranteed win of a bespoke artwork in a lottery draw. This year there was a 1 in 3 chance of winning a piece by a leading British artist, for example Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller, Maggi Hambling and many more!

Those who could join us for the in-person event were invited to an evening of unique artwork, interesting discussions and delicious canapes (served by social enterprise Liberty Kitchen) at the beautiful Art Workers’ Guild in London, and many more purchased lottery tickets.

Our guest speaker for the evening, a writer and aspiring filmmaker currently enrolled on our mentoring programme, Chris Baker, described the impact that working with Koestler Arts has had for him:

Entering the Koestler Awards was empowering. It made me feel like I could contribute, that I was not just a number, and could make a difference.”

You can hear more from Chris in our recent YouTube video here!

We are delighted to share that this project raised £10,000 to support our work in the criminal justice system, enabling us to empower more people like Chris in the future.