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Hear her: women’s voices through poetry

Hear her: women’s voices through poetry



Last month National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance chair, Alison Frater, attended the launch of a new London centre for women who have been through the criminal justice system or experienced violence. Here, she shares some of the poems and stories she heard from the women using it. The event Hear Her: Women’s Voices Through Poetry […]

Art for a social purpose: Art for All

Art for a social purpose: Art for All



On a baking sunlit July Friday, 50 people met in the beautiful gardens of Watts Gallery Artists’ Village to discuss the work of museums and galleries in prisons. The talking inevitably cantered over territory that questioned how the restrained and reverential nature of many museums and galleries could be relevant to the lives of people […]

Hidden from praise

Hidden from praise



Arts enable people to experience creativity in a way that transforms lives; even a single performance can change your life forever. At a conference organised by North East Prisoner Family Support (NEPACS), an organisation that seeks to enable positive futures for prisoners and their families in the north east of England by providing practical and emotional […]

Diversity, arts and criminal justice: Bringing people together – by Alison Frater

Diversity, arts and criminal justice: Bringing people together – by Alison Frater



Increasing diversity, increasing artistic excellence. At the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice (NAACJ) event ‘Diversity, arts and criminal justice: bringing people together,’ delegates started with the outcome: diversity increases the value of arts. Diversity brings texture, richness, vibrancy and meaning. Widening participation can contribute towards offsetting bias, ending intolerance, and increasing audience size.