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Theatre production at HMYOI Polmont

Theatre production at HMYOI Polmont

Glas(s) Performance (UK producers of award-winning young people’s company Junction 25) has worked with young men in HMPYOI Polmont to create an original theatre piece titled Motion, which explores questions of identity and inheritance and what it means to be a young man in contemporary Scotland today. The Sunday Post’s Megan McEachern visited the prison to see the […]

BBC feature on creative writing in prisons

BBC feature on creative writing in prisons

Carlo Gebler has spent nearly three decades working in the Northern Ireland prison system as a teacher of creative writing. Produced by Conor Garrett for BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Radio 3’s latest Sunday Feature explores if prison arts and education made any difference to the lives of those Carlo taught. The author and teacher meets inmates attending […]

Clean Break announce 40th anniversary spring season

Clean Break announce 40th anniversary spring season

2019 opens with Clean Break’s first season under new Artistic Directors, Anna Herrmann and Róisín McBrinn – featuring new plays, performances and projects created by artists, high profile partners and collaborators, and Clean Break Members. Forty years ago, two incredible women in prison set up Clean Break, believing theatre could bring the hidden stories of […]

Stretch Digital report

Stretch Digital report

Stretch Charity is characterised by an innovative arts and storytelling agenda that has proven successful in prisons and community projects for over a decade. Stretch has prepared a detailed report of Stretch Digital, a lottery funded project that saw Stretch deliver its work in five prisons and across the community over three years. The report includes a […]

Prisoner Learning Alliance awards

Prisoner Learning Alliance awards

On 13 September, the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) held its fourth annual awards for staff and mentors making a difference in prison education. This year the PLA received a record 1,300 nominations from people in prison, over three times more than in 2017. Winners included librarians, gardeners, art tutors and peer mentors. One winner was Lesley Bennetts, an […]

Beating Time joins One Day One Choir

Beating Time joins One Day One Choir

Beating Time’s singing group at HMP Maidstone, The Maidstone Jammers, was delighted to take part in this year’s One Day One Choir initiative – a global choral project in support of the UN World Peace Day, 21st September. The programme included a special song of peace and reconciliation, “Closer”, written by one of the group […]

Bursaries awarded

Bursaries awarded

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance is pleased to announce we have successfully awarded seven small bursaries to help emerging artists with a lived experience of the criminal justice system develop their career and artistic practice. Many thanks to all those who applied, the field was incredibly strong and the panel enjoyed reading how inspiring […]

Special arts edition of Prison Service Journal

Special arts edition of Prison Service Journal

The latest issue of the HM Prison Service’s peer review journal is a special edition that focuses on The Arts in Prison. Edited by Dr Michael Fiddler and National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance steering group member Alli Black, the 239th edition of the Prison Service Journal contains 10 articles and evaluations that show “a partial snapshot […]

What does success look like for arts in criminal justice settings?

What does success look like for arts in criminal justice settings?

Written following a series of roundtable discussions commissioned by Arts Council England in 2017, and attended by leading voices in arts and criminal justice, What does success look like for arts in criminal justice? highlights the main themes that came out of these roundtables and outlines learning points and opportunities for development. It concludes with key […]

Voices from the row exhibition

Voices from the row exhibition

During July 2018, Voices from the Row, an exhibition of poetry and artwork by prisoners incarcerated on death row San Quentin, was held at the Poetry Café in London. It was well visited - and went some way to prove that art and poetry can transcend prison walls. The art, poetry and recordings that were on show are [...]