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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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All Saints Dulwich

This display at All Saints, West Dulwich, marks Prisons Week (10 – 16 October). It is a time when the Christian community comes together to pray and raise awareness for the needs of all those affected by prisons. This encompasses prisoners and their families, victims of crime and those working in the criminal justice system.

The artworks are displayed along two walls of All Saints church – a large and contemplative space. You can visit the display between 5 October and 14 November, on weekdays between 2.00 and 4.00pm, when the church is open for private prayer.