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Safe Ground’s Moving Home symposium
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Safe Ground’s Moving Home symposium

September 8, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

This year marks Safe Ground's 21st anniversary, with their symposium - 'MOVING. HOME' - being the culmination of a year-long series of public events to celebrate the occasion. At this milestone, they will be taking the time to examine the context in which they are working.

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Creative Future Literary Awards showcase
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Creative Future Literary Awards showcase

September 8, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Creative Future's annual Literary Awards showcase will offer a range of talented writers from around the UK. Each of the twelve finalists will read their award-winning contributions alongside readings from their critically acclaimed guest author Michelle Green and best-selling poet and playwright Lemn Sissay, who will host the event.

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BARRED: a new play by Dean Stalham
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BARRED: a new play by Dean Stalham

September 15, 2016 @ 9:00 am - September 16, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Barred, a new play by Dean Stalham will be taking place at the Brady Arts Centre in London on 15th and 16th September. For more information, please email carlotta@stretch-charity.org.

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Arts tutor seminar for visual arts tutors
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Arts tutor seminar for visual arts tutors

September 15, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Each year the Koestler Trust run an Arts Tutor Seminar for Visual Art Tutors working within prisons. This year’s seminar will take place on the morning of our Exhibition’s public opening on Thursday 15th September at the Southbank Centre. The Seminar will provide delegates with a valuable opportunity to network and learn from each other, share best practice and update on current issues in the field, guest speakers will also be in attendance. If you would like to attend please email…

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We are all human: a Koestler Trust exhibition at the Southbank Centre
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We are all human: a Koestler Trust exhibition at the Southbank Centre

September 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am - November 13, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

'We are all human' is the UK's annual national showcase of arts by prisoners, ex-offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric patients and immigration detainees. It is the ninth exhibition in an ongoing partnership between the Koestler Trust and Southbank Centre. This year's show was curated by writer and dub-poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

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Prisoner Learning Alliance Conference and Awards 2016
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Prisoner Learning Alliance Conference and Awards 2016

September 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This year's Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) conference will explore the changing policy environment through a range of speakers including a Governor of one of the new 'reform prisons.' Delegates will have the chance to discuss the challenges and opportunities these policy changes may bring and there will be a focus on sharing good practice on 'personalised and peer-enabled approaches.' Achieve

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Fundraising dinner hosted by Rory Bremner
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Fundraising dinner hosted by Rory Bremner

September 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This fundraising event is a unique performance experience and dinner hosted by Rory Bremner, at Central st Martins, at 6pm on 28th September in aid of the Centre for Peaceful Solutions. The organisation has been given the go ahead for a transformative project in Dartmoor Prison, for which they need to raise £240,000. To kick this off they are hosting an evening of Live Mediation Theatre on Wednesday 28th September, with Rory Bremner and delicious food kindly provided by Ottolenghi, all at Central…

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

October 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

On 5th October 2016 we will be holding our annual conference in York at HMP Askham Grange. The day, which is aimed at governors, Heads of Learning and Skills, Heads of Reducing Reoffending, health and substance misuse senior prison staff, CRCs and arts and voluntary sector organisations, will explore innovation and creativity in criminal justice reform.

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The Art of Recovery
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The Art of Recovery

October 7, 2016 - October 14, 2016

Following on from the success of the last two annual Art of Recovery events, the competition is now open to anyone in or working towards recovery across West Yorkshire. The showcase event will feature local judges, food, music and ultimately a celebration of creativity. The exhibition is open to the public, professionals, families and friends of all of the entrants. Click here for more information. When? 7th - 14th October 2016 Where? Corn Exchange, Leeds

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Changing Tunes Annual Concert
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Changing Tunes Annual Concert

October 15, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Changing Tunes in Bristol for an evening of musical performances from people they have worked with in prison, and get the chance to hear them talk about their journeys. With performances supported by their Musicians in Residence, there will be a mixture of original songs and covers. Click here for more information. When? 15th October 2016, 7.30pm Where? Woodlands Christian Centre, Woodlands Road, Bristol, BS8 2AA

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Moving (swiftly) on… Why should anyone care about arts in prisons?
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Moving (swiftly) on… Why should anyone care about arts in prisons?

October 22, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are the arts a luxury or do they actually make a difference? Join artists, prison arts practitioners and academics for a discussion about whether and how the arts really move people. Speakers include Sarah Colvin and Preti Taneja (School of Arts and Humanities, Cambridge), Anna Herrmann (Clean Break), Andy Watson (Geese Theatre Company), Alex Wheatle (writer), Andrew Wilkie (National Prison Radio), and Loraine Gelsthorpe (Professor of Criminology, Cambridge). An audience discussion will be chaired by Alison Frater (National Criminal Justice…

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Intermission Youth Theatre’s ‘Love me to Death’
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Intermission Youth Theatre’s ‘Love me to Death’

October 26, 2016 - November 19, 2016

Two boroughs both alike in poverty, South and east where we tell our story. From past issues up to present gang wars Evading the laws to kill without cause. Then he saw her, it was love at first sight, She caught a glimpse and was like, he’s alright! But she’s from E8 and he’s from Southeast, And they got bare beef so that means no peace. But these two lovers were prepared to fight, And tread the fearful tight rope…

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Listening event: arts in criminal justice settings
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Listening event: arts in criminal justice settings

November 10, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We are holding a 'listening event' on 10th November (1 - 4pm) in Birmingham to bring together people working in arts and criminal justice settings across the West Midlands to talk about current policy and challenges as well as good practice. The session will be an informal event for participants to raise any concerns about the current policy or practice landscape whilst sharing experience, knowledge and skills with others. It will also enable us to find out more about the…

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Staging rehabilitation: a Clean Break and Geese Theatre Company masterclass
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Staging rehabilitation: a Clean Break and Geese Theatre Company masterclass

November 11, 2016

This masterclass is for both theatre artists and criminal justice professionals interested in the specialised field of arts in the Criminal Justice System. The day will be an introduction to the work of two organisations in the field. Participants will learn about their different working practices, understand the principles and theory underpinning their work, and explore best practice in the field. The day will be participatory, and will involve drama and theatre exercises, group work, discussion and a plenary session…

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Inside Prison Radio: development day
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Inside Prison Radio: development day

November 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Prison Radio Association's annual development day, Inside Prison Radio 2016, will be taking place on Wednesday 16th November at the Southbank Centre in London. Early bird tickets are currently on sale at a price of £50 (including VAT). This event is for anyone who's interested in the power of prison radio to change lives. This year they will be sharing thoughts and ideas about how to use radio to tell great stories that resonate with the prisoner audience. Click…

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Celebrating 21 years of music in prisons and beyond
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Celebrating 21 years of music in prisons and beyond

November 22, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Irene Taylor Trust is celebrating 21 years of its work in prisons (Music in Prisons) and now also in the community with ex-prisoners (Sounding Out) and young people in challenging circumstances (Making Tracks) with an exciting and eclectic evening of live music at London’s Union Chapel on 22nd November 2016. The evening will feature performances from Sounding Out ex-prisoner band Platform 7 and Making Tracks participants, alongside special guests including Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle, and Chaps Choir singing…

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Shutter stories: prison life through the lens
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Shutter stories: prison life through the lens

December 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance's annual Anne Peaker lecture will focus this year on the use of photography and film in criminal justice settings, looking at how different media can reveal life behind prison doors, and how film and photography can be powerful tools for sharing stories. The event, happening on 7th December (6.30 - 9pm) will see artist and photographer Edmund Clark share his experience of being the Artist in Residence at HMP Grendon, and how working in…

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Beating the Odds: celebrating the value of participatory arts for young people
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Beating the Odds: celebrating the value of participatory arts for young people

December 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This event is a festive evening of performance, exhibition and research celebrating the value of participatory arts for young people to be held at the refurbished Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts. The event will celebrate work by various creative arts organisations working with researchers from the interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts and the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth at the University of Sussex. The evening will include a creative mix of performance…

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Inside Peace documentary screening
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Inside Peace documentary screening

January 28 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Inside Peace follows a group of inmates doing time in a Texas prison as they embark on a journey of personal discovery while struggling with society’s roadblocks and dangers. The documentary features the Peace Education Program (PEP) which teaches people to get in touch with themselves and their inner resources and has proved very effective in some of the toughest maximum security prisons in the US & South Africa. In the UK, the programme has been running at HMP Thameside…

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Homecomings: Synergy’s festival of new plays by ex-prisoners
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Homecomings: Synergy’s festival of new plays by ex-prisoners

February 21 - March 14

Homecomings features premières of two new plays of addicts heading home to the people, places and things that landed them in trouble.  These headline a month of plays, talks and readings. GLORY WHISPERS By Sonya Hale Directed by Juliet Knight 21 February - 4 March An unexpected reunion with Glory brings hope to Mina.  If she can stay clean and Glory can bring up a kid then maybe even mad Jonno can fix up and they can be a family…

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NCJAA Annual Meeting: a new narrative
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NCJAA Annual Meeting: a new narrative

March 1

A new narrative: the impact of creative writing on people with experience of the Criminal Justice System The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance's Annual Meeting is an opportunity for our members and others working in the arts and criminal justice sector to come together, share good practice and experience some powerful and inspiring creative work. This year, the meeting will also look at the impact creative writing, such as poetry, script writing and fiction, has on the lives of people…

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New Open Clasp production celebrates International Women’s Day 2017
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New Open Clasp production celebrates International Women’s Day 2017

March 7 - March 17

Open Clasp's new production Sugar will be previewed over two weeks for International Women's Day 2017. This is an exciting opportunity to see the play in the first stage of development. The play exposes the routes into prison, life behind bars, and the revolving door that catapults women back. It has been devised with women in HMP Low Newton, Women's Direct Access Homelessness Service and women on probation attending a Women's Hub through Changing Lives at West End Women &…

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