Koestler Awards

The Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice started in 1962.  Each year over 3,500 people in custody and in the community share their creative work by taking part.  The Koestler Awards provide feedback and encouragement to entrants of all abilities in visual art, design, writing and music.

The 2020 winners will be announced on 30th October 2020.

Past winners



Six Book Challenge with the Reading Agency

Six Book Challenge with the Reading Agency in HMP Grendon . BACO supports this initiative by providing prizes for those completing the challenge of reading six books and keeping a diary of what they have read.

On December 11th 2019 BACO trustees and members enjoyed listening to conversations between Louise Candlish and residents before presenting prizes to all those who had completed the Six Book Challenge.  We are very grateful to the Head Librarian Debra Lovell and Coles Books of Bicester for providing the prizes.

Further presentations of prizes took place week commencing March 2nd 2020 when Debra invited BACO members to Grendon.



Kestrel Theatre

BACO mascots Mabel and Mavis (miniature Mediterranean donkeys) loved meeting the prisoners families at HMP Springhill in December 2019 before two performances of the men’s original pantomime.