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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Antony Gormley in the Koestler Arts Centre, 2017

Inside: with curator Antony Gormley

11 Oct, 6pm
Level 5 Function Room, Green side
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Hear from sculptor Antony Gormley, as he discusses his experience of meeting prisoners and curating the work of detainees for this year’s Koestler Awards exhibition, Inside. He is joined in conversation with Jacqueline Rose, Professor of Humanities at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

It is a really sad thing if we think that art can only be found in art galleries and museums.

Antony Gormley, curator

Hosted by Erwin James, editor of Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners and detainees.

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