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Koestler Awards 2020

Koestler Awards 2020



This year’s Koestler Awards are now open for entries. The annual arts awards from Koestler Arts offer cash prizes, written feedback, certificates, mentoring, publication, exhibition and sale opportunities to people in the criminal justice system. Around three and a half thousand people enter yearly.

The awards are open to:

  • Anyone in custody in a UK prison, young offender institution, secure training centre, secure children’s home, immigration removal centre, or high or medium security psychiatric hospital or unit (including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man).
  • Any current client of the National Probation Service or a Community Rehabilitation Company, a Youth Offending Service, the Scottish Criminal Justice Social Work Service or their equivalents elsewhere in the UK.
  • Any UK citizen currently in a prison overseas (must submit via Prisoners Abroad).

The themed category for the 2020 Koestler Awards is: Window.

The 2020 annual exhibition at the Southbank Centre will be curated by artist Camille Walala. To be in with a chance of selection for this exhibition, entrants must submit work into the 2020 Koestler Awards.

In 2020 Koestler Arts and Synergy Theatre Project will continue to showcase Stage Play entries and get feedback for the writers.

The deadline for entries is 3rd April 2020.

Full guidance notes and entry forms can be found on the Koestler Arts website.

Find out more here


Image courtesy of Koestler Arts