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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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  • Changing Perceptions

Siula Grande, HM Prison Northumberland, Bronze Award for Mixed Media, 2021

Changing Perceptions

Oswin Project at Newcastle Cathedral

1 March – 3 April 2022
The Refectory, Newcastle Cathedral

Koestler Arts is delighted to be showing 15 Koestler artworks as part of ‘Changing Perceptions’ – an exhibition at Newcastle Cathedral organised by Oswin Project. This charity supports prison-leavers in North-East England by sourcing paid employment and apprenticeship opportunities. One strand of Oswin Project’s work is Café 16 – a catering training programme in HM Prison Northumberland and a corresponding public café in Newcastle Cathedral with employment opportunities on release.

Koestler Arts will be exhibiting work from our donated collection, gathered over the last few years from Koestler artists who have generously donated their artwork to us. These pieces will sit alongside work from The Burnbake Trust and the education departments at HM Prisons Low Newton and Northumberland.

You can view the exhibition in the Cathedral Refectory during their opening hours – 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday. Please check their website for updates before you travel.

All Koestler artworks in the show are for sale at the Cathedral. The works are not for sale online.