Unlock the talent inside

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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RE:FORM: exhibited artwork


RE:FORM gives a taste of the witty, insightful and poignant written pieces which made up a third of the artworks generated by the 2015 Koestler Awards. The award-winning poems, fiction, non-fiction and songs featured in the exhibition are available for download here.

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Music and spoken word

RE:FORM includes spoken word, computer generated music, hip hop and choral music.

Listen to samples

Visual arts

RE:FORM includes over 150 pieces of fine art, design and craft from all over the UK.

Image Gallery