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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Shared Reading with The Reader

28 Oct, 2pm
Blue Room Foyer, Level 1
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Join The Reader for a shared reading experience and explore stories and poems which have had a powerful impact on readers living in secure environments. These half-hour workshops will be held in this year’s Koestler exhibition, Inside: art by offenders, secure patients and detainees, curated by Antony Gormley.

Since 2008, The Reader has pioneered the use of shared reading to improve well-being, reduce social isolation and build stronger communities across the UK and beyond. They work to inspire and support people to read great literature aloud together – a simple idea that changes lives. They read with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in libraries, community centres, schools, hospitals, recovery centres, and in prisons and probation centres.