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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Liberty Choir, performing at RE:FORM exhibition opening, 2015

Exhibition Launch

20 Sept, 2pm 
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Free

Celebrate the opening of Inside, an exhibition of artworks produced in the UK’s criminal justice system, curated by Antony Gormley. 

Speeches, performances, guided tours and a pop-up art shop mark the opening of this year’s show.

Event programme

2pm Official opening by Sam Gyimah MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall)
3pm-4.30pm Visit the Koestler Trust Pop-Up Art Shop for a chance to buy original Koestler artworks and merchandise (Level 1, Royal Festival Hall)
3pm & 3.30pm Meet at the Inside exhibition entrance for tours led by ex-prisoner exhibition hosts (Level 1, Royal Festival Hall)

Please note, the exhibition closes to the public at 4.30pm on 20 Sep