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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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    1 Oct — 29 Nov 2015

Warrior, HM Prison Guernsey, Ed King Silver Award for Portraits 2015

RE:FORM: Brochure


For the first time, the Koestler Trust has commissioned essays focussing on the artwork included in the exhibition. This year’s brochure features texts by Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane in conversation with the Koestler Trust’s Director of Arts, Fiona Curran; curator and writer Shama Khanna; editor of Afterall Books, Caroline Woodley; and past Koestler Award-winner Ben.

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REFORM brochure
RE:FORM exhibition brochure