When the Koestler Awards started in 1962 there were just two Awards artforms: Writing and Fine Art. Now we have over 50 categories across six artforms.
Artforms in the Koestler Awards have evolved with the times, and in response to feedback from our entrants and from teaching staff in secure settings. More established categories include Painting, Poetry, Life Story and Portrait.
Newer categories include Computer Generated Music, Song Writing, Digital Art and Spoken Word.
We invite experts in each field to judge the Awards, individually or as part of panels.
Click on the categories below to see examples of the original and unique artworks entered in the Koestler Awards each year.
Take a closer look at more work created by our participants in our exhibition archive.