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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.

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Light Within Dark, Greenwich Youth Offending Service, Under 18s Highly Commended Award for Photography, 2022

The Future Is Never Too Big: Koestler Arts at the Supreme Court

Artwork by young people

29 June – October 2022
The Supreme Court, Parliament Square, London

Koestler Arts is pleased to be returning to the Supreme Court for a public display of artwork by under-18s this summer. Every piece on display will be created by a young person in a secure setting or under supervision with a youth offending service. Together they provide a glimpse of these artists’ talents, struggles, interests and hopes for the future. There will be 29 pieces on display, including poetry, photography, woodwork, drawing, spray paint and collage. 

This artwork will be displayed inside one of the UK’s most iconic legal settings. The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases, and for criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Court hears cases of the highest important that can affect the whole population.

Some of the artworks on display will be available to purchase via the Koestler Arts Online Shop. As well as visiting the display, members of the public can visit the Supreme Court for tours, exhibitions and to watch live court sittings.


This Koestler Arts display is kindly supported by The Arts Society from the Patricia Fay Memorial Fund with matching funds from The Arts Society Chiswick.