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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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Self-Harm: The Past, HM Prison Frankland, Platinum Award for Painting, 2015
Installation view of LOUD! at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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Using the app in The Gallery at Gateshead Central Library

A new Koestler Trust app has been developed exclusively for this exhibition. It contains curators’ commentaries, ‘behind the scenes’ videos and access to all the writing displayed in the exhibition. ‘Koestler Trust’ is a free app available in the App store and Google Play store.

The app offers visitors a privileged insight into the making of the exhibition, including exclusive videos on the curating process and young curators commentaries on their selection. The collection of creative writing presented in the exhibition is also available to view via the app. During the exhibition visitors who have downloaded the app will gain exclusive access to some of the films as they will only be triggered to play by beacons located in the exhibition. The beacons use Bluetooth technology to interact with content contained within the app. Unrestricted access to all the film content will be accessible on a second version of the app, released after the exhibition closes.

The Koestler Trust app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.


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