Become a Koestler Patron

The Koestler Patrons are a unique group of people who understand the relevance of art and creativity in the criminal justice context and its impact on rehabilitative journeys. Although mostly hidden from the public eye, there are huge numbers of people affected by the prison system, from victims to prisoner’s family members, prison staff and many more. Ensuring that people have the hope, skills and confidence to succeed upon release has never been more important.

Support from our Patrons is critical to continue encouraging, rewarding, selling, and showcasing the creativity that springs from secure settings.

In return for their support, our Patrons are invited to choose the name (title) for an Award in their preferred art form and write feedback to the award-winner, a special opportunity to encourage someone in custody to keep creating.

Check out our Patrons Brochure or read on to find out about the different Patronage opportunities and how you can get involved. If you have any questions please get in touch support-us@koestlerarts.org.uk

Emerging Talent Patron

 

From £180 per year /£15 per month

Help us to manage the Awards and encourage participation. You will be invited to choose your preferred title for a Commended or Highly Commended Award.

In return for your support, you will also get:

  • your Award included in our digital catalogue, available to download from our website
  • the opportunity to write feedback to the award-winner
  • first dibs to purchase the winning piece if it is for sale
  • invites to supporter exhibition tours, art sales and Open House events
  • quarterly updates on our programs and the impact of your support via our Friends e-newsletter
  • discount opportunities on our online shop
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You have chosen to donate £180.00 yearly.

The minimum suggested donation for Emerging Talent Patrons starts at £180. If you’d like to find out about different level of patronage, please check out our Patrons webpage .
By becoming an Emerging Talent Patron, you will be helping us to manage the Koestler Awards and encourage participation. In recognition of your support, we invite you to choose your preferred title for a Commended or Highly Commended Award, below.
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Gift Aid

Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Koestler Arts to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Koestler Arts we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the “Yes” box, I agree I would like Koestler Arts to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Koestler Arts will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

Donation Total: £180.00 Yearly

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Rising Star Patron

From £240 per year /£20 per month

Reward artistic potential in secure settings with monetary prizes, while inspiring more people to express themselves creatively. You will be invited to choose your preferred title for an Outstanding Debut, Bronze or Silver Award, which includes a monetary prize for the winner.

In return for your support, you will also get:

  • all of the Emerging Talent Patron benefits outlined, PLUS
  • prize money sent to your Award winner
  • the opportunity to enter your name into ticket draws for limited capacity events
  • early bird tickets for paid events
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You have chosen to donate £240.00 yearly.

The minimum suggested donation for Rising Star Patrons starts at £240. If you’d like to find out about different level of patronage, please check out our Patrons webpage.
By becoming a Rising Star Patron, you will be helping us to reward artistic potential in secure settings. In recognition of your support, we invite you to choose your preferred title for an Outstanding Debut, Bronze or Silver Award, below.
Please tick below to confirm you are comfortable with the Award title chosen above Required
Personal Info

Billing Details

Donate quickly and securely with Stripe

How it works: A Stripe window will open after you click the Donate Now button where you can securely make your donation. You will then be brought back to this page to view your receipt.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Koestler Arts to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Koestler Arts we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the “Yes” box, I agree I would like Koestler Arts to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Koestler Arts will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

Donation Total: £240.00 Yearly

Young Promise Patron

From £480 per year /£40 per month

Nurture the next generation of budding talent and help us continue supporting young people in secure settings. You will be invited to choose your preferred title for a Special Under 25 or Special 18 & Under Award, which includes a monetary prize for the winner.

In return for your support, you will also get:

  • all of the Emerging Talent and Rising Star Patron benefits outlined, PLUS
  • a personalised certificate with more information about your winning piece
  • opportunities to claim free tickets for paid events (available on a first come first served basis)
  • priority booking for limited capacity events
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You have chosen to donate £480.00 yearly.

The minimum suggested donation for Young Promise Patrons starts at £480. If you’d like to find out about different level of patronage, please check out our Patrons webpage.
By becoming a Young Promise Patron, you will be helping us to nurture the next generation of budding talent. In recognition of your support, we invite you to choose your preferred title for a Special Under 25 or Special 18 & Under Award, below.
Please tick below to confirm you are comfortable with the Award title chosen above Required
Personal Info

Billing Details

Donate quickly and securely with Stripe

How it works: A Stripe window will open after you click the Donate Now button where you can securely make your donation. You will then be brought back to this page to view your receipt.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Koestler Arts to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Koestler Arts we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the “Yes” box, I agree I would like Koestler Arts to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Koestler Arts will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

Donation Total: £480.00 Yearly

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Creative Genius Patron

From £1000 per year /£85 per month

Make a profound impact and enable us to continue delivering our work to receive, process, judge, reward and return thousands of artworks every year. You will be invited to choose the name for a top Gold or Platinum Award, which includes a monetary prize for the winner.

In return for your support, you will also get:

  • all of the Emerging Talent, Rising Star and Young Promise Patron benefits outlined, PLUS
  • first dibs on free tickets to paid events
  • a free copy of our biennial Poetry Anthology
  • an invitation for you and a friend to attend the Private View of our annual UK exhibition at Southbank Centre
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You have chosen to donate £1,000.00 yearly.

The minimum suggested donation for Creative Genius Patrons starts at £1,000 per year. Please get in touch via support-us@koestlerarts.org.uk if you’d rather donate via wire transfer or an alternative method.
By becoming a Creative Genius Patron, you will be having a profound impact on our work. In recognition of your support, we invite you to choose your preferred title for a Gold or Platinum Award, below.
Please tick below to confirm you are comfortable with the Award title chosen above Required
Personal Info

Billing Details

Donate quickly and securely with Stripe

How it works: A Stripe window will open after you click the Donate Now button where you can securely make your donation. You will then be brought back to this page to view your receipt.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Koestler Arts to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Koestler Arts we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the “Yes” box, I agree I would like Koestler Arts to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Koestler Arts will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

Donation Total: £1,000.00 Yearly

Patron Scheme FAQ

  • Our Patrons’ generosity impacts our participants in secure settings directly, through their chosen ‘named’ Award, enabling us to send certificates and motivational feedback to award-winners, and helping us to provide more opportunities for entrants to financially benefit, through cash prizes ranging from £20 to £100. For people who earn around £15 per week on average in prison, these monetary prizes can make a huge difference to their ability to pay for the things they need, or to save up ahead of release.

    Collectively, our Patrons support other strands of our work such as prison visits, family engagement, commissions, regional exhibition opportunities, and more, all linked and critical to the success of the Koestler Awards each year. Taking part and winning a Koestler Award can provide our entrants with a boost in self-esteem, a sense of achievement, and improved mental wellbeing, all important factors in addressing barriers to learning, and stimulating positive engagement in secure settings and upon release.

    Patrons will have the opportunity to sign up to receive e-updates from us four times a year, outlining in depth what their support has enabled us to achieve that quarter.

  • All Patrons will be invited to sign up to our quarterly Friends e-newsletter list, which will look in depth at what their support has enabled us to achieve, as well as sharing behind the scenes information about our upcoming projects, volunteer opportunities throughout the year, and invites to exhibitions and events.

    In September-October, all Patrons will be emailed our digital Award catalogue so they can see which piece of work was awarded their ‘Named Award’. In addition, Young Promise Patrons & Creative Genius Patrons will receive a bespoke digital Award certificate with more information about their winning piece, and artist comments if available.

  • The Koestler Awards are the only UK-wide art prize for people in the criminal justice system.

    Our Patrons have the opportunity to choose the title of an Award in their preferred artform. Supporting our work in this way establishes a special and inspirational link with our entrants, signalling that people ‘outside’ are supportive of their rehabiliation. When signing up, Patrons are asked to provide the title of an Award from one of the artforms below:

    -Painting/Drawing
    -Sculpture/Ceramics
    -Craft/Design
    -Writing/Poetry
    -Audio/Film

    Every summer we invite over 100 expert judges from across the art and cultural landscape to join us to pick award winners in each of the 52 categories. Once the judges have chosen the winners, the Koestler team match all the Awards based on our Patrons’ preferences.

    To see examples of past award-winners, check out our Artform Galleries

  • Photos of all Award-winning pieces supported by Patrons will feature in our digital Awards catalogue, which will be emailed to all Patrons and made available to download from our website in the autumn. We invite all Patrons to write encouraging feedback to the winners of their ‘named’ Award piece, which we send directly to the entrant.

    Young Promise Patrons and Creative Genius Patrons will also receive an additional ‘e-certificate’ with more photos and details about the artwork, and artist comments if available.

    Some pieces may separately be picked by curators to feature in one of our exhibitions. If this is the case, we will be in touch to let you know where you can see it on display.

  • The [Your Award Title] Award

    Our existing Patron Award titles vary, from uplifting phrases, to inspirational famous people, to the names of pets! We recommend choosing something meaningful to you, or that might inspire the award-winner.

    The Award title will be included in the above format on the certificate that goes to the entrant in prison, in the artwork caption if the piece is selected for exhibition, and in our digital Awards catalogue available to download from our website, so please do consider this when choosing your title.

  • Yes, you can update, modify, or cancel your patronage at any time by contacting us directly at support-us@koestlerarts.org.uk. We understand that circumstances may change, and we are committed to accommodating your preferences and ensuring a positive experience.

  • If you support an existing Award, or have supported in the past and want to learn more about our new Patrons scheme, please get in touch support-us@koestlerarts.org.uk