The Koestler Trust: Unlock the talent inside

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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Request a Display

A unique way to liven up your premises and support our work

If your organisation or workplace has some blank walls in need of artwork, get in touch with us to organise a display of original artworks entered into the Koestler Awards.

Our displays can be tailor-made for your specifications, but follow two basic models.

Arts in Offices

We can focus on specific themes, areas, etc and work with you to choose the most impactful pieces for your space. We can co-ordinate purchasing the work from the artists with donation to Victim Support, professionally printed captions, framing, installation technicians and delivery.

This curatorial package is tailor-made to your specifications and includes a donation towards our costs of processing the works through the awards cycle (including visiting prisons, outreach, admin, marketing, certificates and feedback), so helps us reach our charitable objectives at the same time as providing a lively office environment.

100 for £100

We have 100 artworks, which entrants to the Awards have donated to us, framed and ready to hang. The 100 for £100 works are loaned for a year with the agreement that the host handles sales on a sale or return basis. We will even provide spare artworks so you are not left with gaps on the wall when you sell a work. We have a set number of works available so will take into consideration cost of transporting to you (we’re based in London), size of space, and the potential for sales at your site.

If you are interested in requesting a display or partnering with the Koestler Trust for an exhibition or event, please get in touch with our Director of Arts, Fiona Curran, using the form below.

Let us know about your display opportunity

Arts in Offices100 for £100