Koestler Trust

Associate Member East East Midlands London North East North West South East South West West Midlands Yorkshire and the Humber

The Koestler Trust is the UK’s best-known prison arts charity. We have been awarding, exhibiting and selling artwork by prisoners, secure patients and detainees for over 50 years. The Koestler Awards receive over 8,000 entries a year across 60 different artforms including visual arts, writing, music and film.  


We run a fast feedback scheme for entrants under 18 who are in secure children’s homes, young offender institutions or under supervision from youth offending teams. This is a scheme that offers a faster turnaround and additional awards for young people.


We also invite groups of young people to participate in our exhibitions by curating them, creating creative responses to the artwork or coming on tours.     

Contact information

Ria Sloan

Exhibitions Co-ordinator .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) @KoestlerTrust