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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 […]

Not So Broken Dreams

Not So Broken Dreams



For eight lunch time shows in August men from HMP Springhill will be performing their play Broken Dreams at The Royal Court Theatre, London in collaboration with Kestrel Theatre Company. This is their story, a story about fatherhood, grief and social justice, shaped and written with award winning writer Simon Longman, and directed by Holly […]

Key Change



Following our blog post in October, we are delighted to share with you Open Clasp‘s critically-acclaimed ‘Key Change’, screening here until 10 December to mark the UN’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Devised with women in HMP Low Newton, UK and originally toured to male prisons, Key Change is a raw and illuminating […]

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 […]

MakeRight bags – changing lives by design

MakeRight bags – changing lives by design



MakeRight is a collection of anti-theft bags designed by participants of a project at HMP Thameside, London and HMP Kilmarnock, near Glasgow. The collection takes its name from the MakeRight Design Academy, a design education initiative led by the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Starting as […]

Changing Tunes: responding to a changing landscape

Changing Tunes: responding to a changing landscape



On 12th July, Clinks launched their annual State of the Sector report for 2017. Every year, Clinks surveys voluntary sector organisations working in the criminal justice system to collect information about how healthy the sector is, the role it is playing, and the wellbeing of service users. This year the report found that organisations have […]

The Monkey: a Synergy Theatre Production at Theatre 503

The Monkey: a Synergy Theatre Production at Theatre 503



On Wednesday 15th March, National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance Communications Officer Kate Davey went to see Synergy Theatre Project’s production of The Monkey at Theatre503. In this blog post, she reflects on the play and how it might resonate with people with experience of the criminal justice system. “The Monkey is part of Synergy Theatre […]