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Arts, culture and innovation in criminal justice settings: improving outcomes in a new policy landscape

On 5th October 2016 we will be holding our annual conference in York at HMP Askham Grange.

The conference will launch a unique guide to commissioning arts projects in criminal justice settings in response to the Coates Review into prison education and Culture White Paper. The conference and publication will highlight the unique role of the arts in supporting rehabilitation, including promoting safe and secure prisons and improving outcomes for offenders across the prison estate and in the community. It will provide evidence and best practice case studies to inspire governors, commissioners and practitioners in a new reform environment.

Breakout sessions will explore collaborations between criminal justice settings and arts organisations, building on the evidence of success, fostering rehabilitative cultures and using the arts to increase inclusivity and engagement. The event will include contributions from the Ministry of Justice and Arts Council England as well as leading arts organisations, universities and prison governors.

Speakers include:

  • Mags Patten, Nation Director of Communication (Arts Council England)
  • Simon Marshall, Head of Co-Commissioning and Programme Director, Education and Employment Reform Commissioning Group
  • Graham Beck, Governor of HMP Kirkham.

Workshops include:

  • Improving wellbeing for those most at risk of self-harm and suicide in a prison setting (Geese Theatre Company and Safer Custody teams)
  • ‘Singing the blues’ – music and emotion: how art can be used effectively in a therapy setting (Phoene Cave, HMP and YOI Bronzefield)
  • Improving outcomes and evidence in arts and criminal justice settings: building the evidence base (Sarah French, Justice Data Lab)
  • Digital arts in criminal justice settings: exploring the perceived barriers and outcomes for offenders (Stretch and HMP Leeds)
  • Make Right: using design thinking in prison industry textile workshops to build empathy and design skills (University of the Arts London and HMP Thameside)

The cost of attending the event is £60 per person.

To book a place, please click here.