Wednesday 18th March 2020
10am – 6.30pm
The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, in partnership with the University of Cambridge and Central St Martins, is delighted to announce its first research think-tank on the work of the arts and culture in prisons and probation.
The day will focus on moving towards a rounded evidence base, and towards a community of knowledge. We are looking for new perspectives via a cross-disciplinary and cross-sector approach. By the end of the day we hope to have taken our understanding of the work of the arts in prisons and probation to a new level.
- Professor Rosie Meek, author of the Ministry of Justice review of sport in prisons, A Sporting Chance (2018)
- Dr Rosie Perkins, Royal College of Music/Imperial College London, HEartS (Health, Economic and Social impact of the arts) project team
- Andrew Mowlah, Director of Research, Arts Council England
- Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey, Reader in Socially Engaged and Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary, University of London
- Dr Claire Westall and Dr Michelle Kelly, editors of Prison Writing and the Literary World (2020)
- Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe and Dr Caroline Lanskey, lead researchers, University of Cambridge/ National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance Inspiring Futures project.
All delegates will be sent a summary piece before the event, outlining Where we are now: research on the work of the arts and culture in prisons and probation. The think-tank will focus on key questions including:
- What does research into arts and culture in prisons and probation need to evidence?
- What data are needed to provide evidence, and how are they best collected?
- What are the lessons from other sectors (e.g. health and sport)?
- What is the potential of creativity in the criminal justice system?
- Can it help shift culture and society’s understanding of prisons and punishment?
- What ideas about the function or work of the arts and culture already exist in arts, humanities and social science research? Can they be “joined up” to advance our understanding of the work of the arts and culture in prisons and probation?
- What stepchange in policy in the next 5-10 years would best reflect this understanding of the work of the arts and culture?
We are offering two free places to individuals with lived experience of the criminal justice system and/or of black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with brief details.