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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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    The Supreme Court

Butterfly. Vinney Green Secure Unit (secure children’s home), Charlton First-Time Entrant Award for Sculpture, 2017

Story Time

25 Oct –  7 Dec 2017
Mon-Fri, 9.30am – 4.30pm
The Supreme Court, Parliament Square


STORY TIME explores the creative ways in which stories can be told through visual means. Each piece on display has been selected from the 2017 Koestler Awards and has been made by an entrant aged under 18.

The exhibition has been curated by the Koestler Trust in collaboration with Victim Support, at the invitation of the UK Supreme Court Arts Trust. Each piece on display has been selected from the 2017 Koestler Awards – an annual award scheme run by the Koestler Trust that receives over 7,000 entries each year across 51 artforms spanning art, writing and music.

As part of its collaboration with Victim Support, the Koestler Trust invited people who had been affected by crime to respond to some of the artworks. Their responses are displayed on the captions within the exhibition. Victim Support is an independent charity which helps people affected by crime and traumatic events in England and Wales providing individual, independent, emotional and practical help to enable people to cope and recover from effects of crime.