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New recording studio to support people upon release

New recording studio to support people upon release



Prison-based record label InHouse Records has been awarded a £90,000 loan from Nesta‘s Cultural Impact Development Fund. The loan will extend its services from behind bars to ongoing support for people upon release. The loan will enable a new hub, in the form of a pop-up and recording studio, to serve as a safe space for graduates of […]

Art at HMP Grendon – Ikon’s new artist in residence

Art at HMP Grendon – Ikon’s new artist in residence



Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery has announced Dean Kelland as its artist in residence for the next three years at HMP Grendon, Buckinghamshire. Kelland is Ikon’s third artist’s residency at HMP Grendon, following Edmund Clark‘s residency from 2014 to 2019. Kelland will continue to support artistic practice for the prison community alongside developing his own work. In […]

Music and mentoring at HMP Drake Hall

Music and mentoring at HMP Drake Hall



For the last two years Changing Tunes Midlands (CTM) has been bringing musicians-in-residence into prisons across their region. Based on a model using a therapeutic approach to teaching music and mentoring developed over 30 years of experience from Changing Tunes in Bristol, CTM has migrated this service to the Midlands. The charity now has musicians-in-residence […]

What prisoners need to make the best use of time in prison

What prisoners need to make the best use of time in prison



Over 1,250 prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families have contributed to a new report titled What do you need to make the best use of your time in prison? Published by the Prisoner Policy Network, the report highlights prisoner experiences of life behind the wall and positive ways to move forward. It argues that prisons need to […]

Encouraging family bonds through storytelling

Encouraging family bonds through storytelling



Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to develop its transformative Bedtime Stories project in prisons. The project, which builds literacy skills and encourages important family bonds through storytelling, will be rolled out in another five schools and 12 prisons across England, reaching a further 1,000 families. The Festival organises author-led […]

Positive action to recruit people with criminal records

Positive action to recruit people with criminal records



Download the briefing here (PDF) The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, alongside Arts Council England, the Ministry of Justice and the charity Unlock, is asking arts, media and cultural organisations to review their recruitment approaches and take positive action to develop opportunities for people with experience of the criminal justice system. Our message to employers […]

Cell Furniture: new designs for safety, wellbeing and sustainability

Cell Furniture: new designs for safety, wellbeing and sustainability



Final year students from Central Saint Martins’ product design course are developing experimental prison cell furniture designs. The designs aim to generate a range that is not only robust and sustainable, but also helps to create a decent environment for prisoners and prison staff. The Cell Furniture project comes from the Design Against Crime Research Centre […]