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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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  • Open House 2021

Koestler Arts Centre

Open House 2021

Saturday 11 September – Sunday 12 September

11.00 – 16.00

This September we are delighted to open the doors of the Koestler Arts Centre once again as part of Open House London 2021.

Join us in the former governor’s house of HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs for your chance to see paintings, drawings and sculptures from our annual Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice settings.

There will also be an opportunity to buy artwork, including historic pieces from previous Koestler Awards.

Booking is required as spaces are limited.

Please visit the Open House London website for more details.