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Nicky Goulder tells how a project combining literacy, music and illustration has brought offenders closer to their young children.
A training programme for artists working in prisons has just gained international accreditation, announces Alan Clarke.
Hannah Hull believes in the importance of critical thinking for socially engaged arts practitioners, now the subject of one of the modules on Cred-ability’s training programme.
The Prison Arts Foundation employs artists-in-residence in prisons in Northern Ireland. Alison Smyth explains their approach and achievements.
Jessica Plant and Kate Davey argue that arts interventions in the criminal justice system have demonstrated positive outcomes, but longitudinal research is now needed.
Working in prisons and other challenging environments is, well, challenging. Hannah Hull argues for the importance of thinking critically about what you are doing and why.
Alan Clarke is working on a training programme for artists who want to work in prisons. He outlines some of the challenges faced so far.
Steven Ellis, who was sentenced to four years for burglary, turned his life around via the prison’s art classes. He has now won the Butler Trust award for his art programme for people recovering from substance abuse.
Jenny Richards suggests that the work of Art vs. Rehab, and in particular its Critical Spaces project, gives practitioners the much needed opportunity for reflection and critical thinking.
Kate Massey-Chase discusses the impact of personal budgets on participants at CoolTan Arts.