Each year the Prison Arts Foundation like so many other organisations who value the work of the Koestler Trust, encourage our workshop participants to submit applications to their Awards.
So why do we do this, read on to find out.
Each year Koestler award and give feedback to over 3,000 people submitting work across 52 categories of Fine Art, Craft and Design, Performance and Audio, Film and Animation and Writing. Their Awards Judges include leading names in the arts and creative industries.
Every participant receives a participation certificate, and around 80% receive written feedback on their work from the category’s judge, the Koestler Arts Team or a volunteer. This feedback is one of the most rewarding things about entering the Koestler Awards. Feedback from experienced artists/writers is very valuable because it’s genuine, practical and focused. It’s not sugar-coated or a platitude. In many ways it’s the best thing about the scheme.
Each year the Koestler Trust give over £30,000 in cash prizes, ranging from £20 to £100. There are additional Koestler Awards for first-time entrants. By entering the Koestler Awards inmates gain recognition for their achievements, get feedback on how to develop their creative work and gain motivation to work to a deadline. Many inmates use Awards or sales money to buy further arts materials or pay for courses. Entering the Koestler Awards also gives eligibility for Koestler Mentoring, Artwork sales, Exhibitions and Events.
The most recent Koestler Awards results are detailed below; and examples of Award-winning art work can be also be viewed.
HMP Maghaberry had a total of 13 winners across the following categories:
4 awards in the Painting category including Platinum & Gold Awards, Anne Vickers Highly Commended Award and a First-Time Entrant Award
2 awards in the Sculpture category including Platinum Award and First-Time Entrant Award
2 awards in Mixed Media category including Bronze and Commended Awards
2 awards in Singer-Songwriter-Original category including Silver Award and Highly Commended Award
1 award in Portrait category, Bronze Award
1 award in Matchstick Model category, First-Time Entrant Award
1 award in Longer Fiction and Novel category, Bronze award
HMP Magilligan had a total of 11 winners across the following categories:
4 awards in the Flash Fiction and Short Story category, including Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards and Highly Commended Award
3 awards in the Poetry Collection category, including a Bronze Award and two Highly Commended Awards
2 awards in the Longer Fiction and Novel category, both Highly Commended Awards
1 award in the Theme category: Comfort, Commended Award
1 award in Braille category, Commended Award
Hydebank Wood College had a total of 4 winners across the following categories:
2 awards in the Mixed Media category both Commended Awards
1 award in the Craft category, Gold Award
1 award in the Sculpture category, Si Pickard Highly Commended Award