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Scoping arts in criminal justice across Buckinghamshire

Scoping arts in criminal justice across Buckinghamshire



In October 2019, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) embarked on a year-long local practice development project to scope arts in criminal justice settings in Buckinghamshire. Funded by the Rothschild Foundation, the project’s long-term aim is to inform sustainable models of delivery for quality arts in criminal justice across Buckinghamshire, and to support the […]

Creative writing at HMP Guys Marsh

Creative writing at HMP Guys Marsh



Ella Simpson, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Bath Spa University, writes about her experience coordinating a creative writing course last year at HMP Guys Marsh. She shares an extract from the resulting anthology ‘Chrysalis Chronicles’, written by Kam, one of the men taking part. They said it couldn’t be done. One prison, twelve weeks, five [...]
Continuing collaboration during the Covid-19 crisis

Continuing collaboration during the Covid-19 crisis



Alison Frater, Chair of the NCJAA, reflects on her conversations with arts practitioners and prison staff, and what their responses to the crisis tell us about the critical value of arts and culture for criminal justice settings in this moment. In recent weeks, I’ve been talking to artists and arts organisations who work with people […]

Releasing your mind from prison

Releasing your mind from prison



Listen to Dawn Harrison’s episode of the Crime and Consequence podcast: ‘Releasing your mind from prison’. Dawn Harrison is a Senior Interventions Coordinator for Changing Lives, a charity in the North-East of England. Her creative thinking in the fields of arts, culture and heritage underpins her work in the field of criminal justice. In the […]

Man Up and talk

Man Up and talk



In this blog post, No Place Production’s John Burns writes about his theatre company’s new prison project, ‘Man Up’ (not to be confused with Safe Ground’s excellent programme of the same name). He explores co-production, difficult conversations, and why he thinks – from personal experience – that encouraging men to talk is key to improving […]