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Safe Ground’s Moving Home symposium

8 September 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

8 September 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

15 September 2016, 9:00 am - 16 September 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

15 September 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

15 September 2016, 10:00 am - 13 November 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

16 September 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

28 September 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

5 October 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

7 October 2016 - 14 October 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

15 October 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?

22 October 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’

26 October 2016 - 19 November 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

10 November 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

11 November 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

16 November 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

22 November 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

7 December 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

16 December 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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Beyond the Door: the Koestler exhibition for the West Midlands

13 January 2017, 9:00 am - 26 March 2017, 9:45 pm

Beyond the Door is an exhibition of artwork, writing and music from prisons, secure hospitals, and by people on community sentences in the West Midlands. The work on display has been selected by Walsall Youth Justice Service from entries to the 2016 Koestler Awards, an annual scheme that has been rewarding artistic achievement in the criminal justice and secure sectors for over 50 years. The exhibition is at mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, from 13th January - 26th March 2017. Open daily 9am - 9.45pm (free entry).

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Free ten-week acting course for ex-prisoners

25 January 2017, 1:00 pm - 5 April 2017, 3:30 pm

Synergy Studio is offering a free ten-week introduction to acting course for ex-prisoners starting in January. Participants will learn techniques used by professional actors and explore them in fun, practical sessions, leading to a short performance for an invited audience. This course is accredited and provides opportunities for further progression in acting. No previous experience is required, just a commitment and a willingness to join in. The course will run every Wednesday from 1 - 3.30pm. For more information, please…

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Inside Peace documentary screening

28 January 2017, 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

21 February 2017 - 14 March 2017

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

1 March 2017

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

7 March 2017 - 17 March 2017

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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The Other Side of the Wall – Geese Theatre Company training

22 March 2017, 8:00 am - 28 April 2017, 5:00 pm

Run by Geese Theatre Company, the Other Side of the Wall is a three-day course on the use of theatre and drama with offenders and young people at risk of offending. Participants will experience and practice a variety of drama-based methods for use in group work, while exploring some of the basic principles behind Geese’s work. The course is limited to 10 participants. No previous drama or theatre experience is necessary; however a willingness to actively explore new methods of…

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Open Clasp Theatre’s Key Change at Battersea Arts Centre

6 April 2017, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open Clasp Theatre Company's play Key Change is at the Battersea Arts Centre from 10th - 19th April. Originally devised by women in HMP Low Newton to tell their stories to male prisoners, the play has gone on to win the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2015, and was awarded the prestigious New York Times Critics' Pick in 2016. Click here for more information

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Free four week radio drama project for ex-prisoners

12 April 2017, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Synergy Studio is offering a free four week radio drama project for ex-prisoners starting this May. Taking inspiration from the V&A's major exhibition on Pink Floyd, participants will learn how to write a short drama for radio. Each participant will get to record their drama in a professional radio production studio. No previous experience is necessary, just a commitment and a willingness to give it a try. The course starts on 18th May and runs in London every Tuesday and…

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Cultural funding in England

27 April 2017

This seminar from the Westminster Media Forum will focus on cultural funding in England: the new financial landscape, diversifying income streams and policy priorities. It will examine next steps for tackling the funding challenges facing the cultural sector in England, and the latest progress in implementing proposals set out in the Culture White Paper. Sessions will consider the way forward for securing a fair balance of public investment across England and promoting effective financial governance within the sector, with particular…

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David Goldblatt: ‘Ex-offenders at the Scene of the Crime’

22 May 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

On 22nd May, 6 - 7.30pm, join photographer David Goldblatt at the Town Hall in West Bromwich, where he will talk about his project - which was run in partnership with Multistory - 'Ex-offenders at the scene of the crime.' David Goldblatt was born in South Africa and has been a photographer since 1963. Over the years he has done a number of photographic essays examining aspects of South African society. His present concern is with crime which, in numerous…

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Next steps for youth justice reform – education, rehabilitation and the Youth Court

30 May 2017, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This Westminster Legal Policy Forum event will consider options for policy following the response to Charlie Taylor's 'Review of the Youth Justice System,' which set out proposals to review governance frameworks and establish two new pilot secure schools. Sessions will focus on what more can be done to improve the outcomes of young offenders, with discussion on the commissioning of education and health in custody, the future role of custodial staff in rehabilitation, as well as the anticipated impact of…

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Women, theatre and criminal justice: international perspectives and practices

5 June 2017

This day-long symposium is an invitation to artists, academics, policy makers and professionals working in criminal justice and women's services to consider the distinctiveness of theatre practices that engage directly with women affected by the criminal justice system. Led by Clean Break and Queen Mary's University, delegates will have the chance to hear artists and academics from Australia, South Africa and the UK talk about their practice and the socio-political conditions that shape it. Additionally, the day offers an opportunity…

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Reading in Prison Day

9 June 2017

Prison Reading Groups' are holding their annual 'reading in prison day' at the University of Roehampton on 9th June, with key themes including: putting the library at the heart of the prison, reading and families, and 'why read?' The event is for prison governors, librarians and volunteers, authors, ex-prisoners and representatives of education and literacy organisations. It is free and includes lunch and refreshments. Click here for more information.

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Information day: Voyage’s Horizon Plus programme

9 June 2017

Voyage are holding an information day where delegates can find out more about their expanded Horizon Plus programme. The Horizon Plus programme will be offered as a structured summer intervention programme for two cohorts in August and as a day release course in November. It aims to provide a safe, educational and developmental space for young people, and has been developed to support effective compliance with young people's sentencing and bail orders and conditions. Additionally, the programme will include weekly…

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Rooms with a view: new perspectives through learning in prisons

20 June 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On 20th June, the Prisoner Learning Academic Network and the University of Westminster are hosting a seminar looking at the role of the Prisoners' Education Trust and distance learning in breaking down barriers between the inside and outside of prisons, opening up new horizons with consequences for self-identity and for desistance processes. When? 20th June, 6 - 8pm Where? Room 401, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT For more information and to register, email morwenna@prisonerseducation.org.uk

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Rewriting justice: an introduction to theatre writing in criminal justice settings

22 June 2017

This one day course, delivered by Clean Break, is for theatre artists, early career playwrights and criminal justice professionals with an interest in the specialised field of theatre, women and criminal justice. Through drama and theatre writing exercises, group work and discussion, participants will learn creative ideas and exercises, explore best practice, gain confidence and skills for managing challenging situations, and hear insights about working in prisons. 22nd June 2017, London £55 - £85 Click here for more information.  …

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Safeguarding training: arts and criminal justice

23 June 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance on 23rd June 2017 in Manchester for a training session run by Mike Sheath from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. The training will be tailored to cover carrying out creative practices safely in criminal justice settings in particular, how the artists' role is different to other practitioners, and how to enable creative processes with vulnerable people to keep participants and facilitators safe. It will also cover general safeguarding in criminal justice settings, statutory frameworks and…

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Free courses for ex-prisoners with Synergy Theatre Project

4 September 2017 - 20 November 2017

Synergy Theatre Project is offering two free ten week courses for ex-prisoners between September and November. Introduction to Film Production (4th September - 6th November) will look at different roles and departments working behind the scenes within the film industry, and Introduction to Scriptwriting (18th September - 20th November) will support participants to bring their stories to life. No previous experience is required, just a commitment and a willingness to give it a go. For more information, email info@synergytheatreproject.co.uk or call 0203…

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Unlocking potential: supporting young people to reach their potential through meaningful arts interventions

21 September 2017

Join engage Cymru for this event looking at supporting young people to reach their potential through arts interventions. The event will bring together youth offending teams, local authority officers, educators, artists and arts organisations to share knowledge and expertise, hear about exemplary practice from across the UK, and to explore recommendations in the Charlie Taylor Review for reducing reoffending. When? 21st September 2017 Where? Denbigh, Wales How much? Between £20 and £30 Click here for more information and to book.  

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Staging Rehabilitation

1 November 2017, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Staging Rehabilitation 1st November 2017 10am - 4:30pm The Lowry Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ Tickets £55 - £85 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 of the leading organisations in this field. You will learn about their different working practices, understand the principles and theory underpinning their work, and explore…

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Free Effective Facilitation Workshop with Good Vibrations

29 November 2017

Youth Music is funding Good Vibrations to run a series of immersive, day-long effective facilitation workshops for music and arts practitioners working with people in challenging circumstances. Their next one is on the 29th November 2017, and it’s a free workshop at York University.

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Annual Conference: What’s next for arts in criminal justice?

4 December 2017, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

4th December 2017 | National Theatre, London | #ArtsCJS2017 Book your tickets here   We are delighted to invite you to attend the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) Annual Conference to discuss ‘what’s next for arts in criminal justice?’ The conference aims to offer our membership an opportunity to explore and discuss the future priorities for the sector. We will be highlighting examples of innovation and best practice against the latest developments that are supporting a real step change…

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Introduction to acting

16 January 2018 - 20 March 2018
Lambeth, London, United Kingdom

Synergy Studio is offering a free ten-week accredited 'Introduction to acting' course for people with experience of the criminal justice system.

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Sounding Out band play Bush Hall

25 January 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ United Kingdom

An evening celebrating the transformative, transporting power of music with the bands Inside Out and The Fish Police

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Drawing Connections …at the edges

26 January 2018, 9:00 am - 31 March 2018, 5:00 pm
Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA United Kingdom

Drawing Connections is a project with HMP Springhill prisoners and students from a local art faculty. This exhibition at the University of Cambridge displays the process and selected works, and also includes Koestler artworks.

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Synergy Theatre Project presents: Blackout

13 March 2018, 8:00 am - 17 March 2018, 5:00 pm

13 - 17 March 2018 Oval House Theatre, London Book now 15 year-old James wakes up in a prison cell and can’t remember how he got there... Blackout is a hard-hitting play about getting bullied, fighting back, trying to make a name for yourself, turning vicious, doing something stupid, losing everything, then finding your way again. Synergy Theatre Project present Blackout, a play by Davey Anderson and directed by Esther Baker. The production will embark on a tour of London schools,…

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The Artist’s Voice: the European Outsider Art Association Conference 2018

4 May 2018, 10:00 am - 6 May 2018, 5:00 pm
9 N Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TJ

Hosted by Outside In, this year's European Outsider Art Association Conference focuses on the Artist’s Voice, celebrating the work of excluded and non-traditional artists and sharing best practice in the field through a series of presentations, key note speeches, and workshops delivered by artists and practitioners.

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First Impressions – Portraits from Prisons

5 May 2018 - 10 June 2018

The Koestler Trust and The Prisons Mission present an exhibition touring central London churches throughout 2018.

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Open Clasp present Rattle Snake 2018 UK tour

8 May 2018 - 9 June 2018

New play tackling coercive controlling domestic abuse from the makers of critically-acclaimed prison drama Key Change.

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NCJAA Annual Meeting 2018: arts for all

16 May 2018

  We are now fully booked for this event, if you wish to be put on the waiting list please email events@clinks.org Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018 Time: 3 - 5pm, with drinks reception 5 - 6pm Location: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham Cost: Free Find out how we are working to support 'arts for all' in the Criminal Justice System The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) Annual Meeting is a chance to look back over the past year and reflect on our work and achievements…

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Voices from the Row

4 June 2018 - 7 July 2018

Voices from the Row, curated by Nicola White, presents a collection of poetry written and read by prisoners incarcerated on death row at San Quentin state prison in the USA.

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Prisoners’ Education Trust’s annual lecture

4 June 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Prisoners' Education Trust for their annual lecture, this year on the theme of international lessons in prison education.

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Ring of Envy

6 June 2018 - 30 June 2018

As part of their 10th Anniversary Celebrations, Intermission Youth Theatre (IYT) are reviving their 2012 production, Ring of Envy.

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Warwick University at Tate Exchange

12 June 2018 - 17 June 2018

Workshops, debates and performances exploring how justice, truth and history have been produced over time.

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Dancing with the Devil

23 June 2018, 5:00 pm

Join The Change Collective (TCC) and some of their friends for a Summer ‘Dance With the Devil’; using an approach that’s emerged over the last few years, the night is part workshop, part Open Lab, part party in the kitchen.

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British Society of Criminology Conference 2018

3 July 2018 - 6 July 2018

'Transforming Criminology: rethinking crime in a changing world' will be relevant to those with an interest in: criminology, criminal justice, socio-legal studies, social policy, law, human rights, psychology and sociology; and includes dedicated arts in criminal justice sessions.

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Museums and the criminal justice system

6 July 2018, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and Watts Gallery are hosting a seminar on Museums and Criminal Justice to coincide with Watts Gallery’s Art for All Exhibition 2018 - marking 10 years of work with prisons, young offenders and community groups.

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Echoes of Holloway Prison

13 July 2018 - 8 October 2018
London, United Kingdom

This new exhibition by Islington Museum explores the history and significance of Holloway Prison, the impact of its closure, and the memories of those who lived and worked there.

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Broken Dreams

1 August 2018 - 11 August 2018
Sloane Square, London, United Kingdom

Devised and performed by men from HMP Springhill in collaboration with Kestrel Theatre Company, Broken Dreams follows a group of friends struggling with grief, guilt and the long-standing fight for justice from a housing system they believe has failed them.

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Voices in the Dark

11 August 2018, 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

A unique candlelit performance at Shakespeare's Globe from Intermission Youth Theatre, exploring Shakespeare's voice of the past and the young voices of today.

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Introduction to arts in prison

17 August 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
2 Granary Square, King's Cross, London,

This one day introductory course will explore some of the questions to consider before embarking on a creative project in this unique setting.

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Tales from the digital underground

13 September 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA United Kingdom

An evening symposium from Stretch Charity - the innovative digital arts and storytelling organisation that has been delivering projects in prisons and community projects for over a decade.

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Opening event: I’m Still Here

18 September 2018
London, United Kingdom

Join Koestler Trust and Justice Secretary David Gauke for the official opening of the 2018 Koestler Trust exhibition I'm Still Here, featuring performances, talks, tours and a pop-up art shop.

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The Other Side of the Wall – three day training course

19 September 2018 - 21 September 2018
Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Other Side of the Wall is a three-day course which invites participants to experience and practise a variety of theatre and drama-based methods for use in groupwork.

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I’m Still Here

19 September 2018 - 4 November 2018
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Koestler Trust's annual exhibition of art by offenders, secure patients and detainees entered into their Koestler Awards, on display at Southbank Centre. This year, the artworks have been selected by the families of prisoners inside, giving a unique and very personal edge to the show.

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30 years of Geese Theatre Company – a celebration

27 September 2018, 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Since 1987, Geese Theatre Company has created and delivered the highest quality arts projects in secure and community settings. This celebration event includes a rare chance to see Geese perform and find out more about how and why they do what they do.

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How can art create a less violent society?

5 October 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

Our annual Anne Peaker Debate this year focuses on art, violence and criminal justice, and asks, how can art create a less violent society?

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Thick as Thieves

11 October 2018 - 21 November 2018
Various, United Kingdom

Co-produced by Clean Break and Theatr Clwyd, Thick as Thieves, a new drama from Wales Drama Award-winning playwright Katherine Chandler, tours the UK. This tense, revealing play explores what it means to care for one another and asks who, in a time of increasing disconnect, we expect to look after us.

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Geese Theatre Company introductory workshop

11 October 2018, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Throughout the year, Geese Theatre Company regularly host a free Introductory Workshop to share their practice in interactive theatre, drama-based groupwork and training within the criminal justice system and secure institutions.

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Changing Tunes autumn concert

13 October 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bristol, United Kingdom

Join Changing Tunes for a night of music and stories from their participants, former prisoners and musicians.

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Operation Jurassic: book launch

20 October 2018
Bradford,

Save the date for book launch and conversation with the artists of Operation Jurassic - a long term photographic collaboration between brother and sister Pablo and Roxana Allison.

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The Island

20 October 2018 - 9 November 2018
Various, United Kingdom

Presented by Fio, this award-winning drama draws on the stories that linger from the notorious prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.

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Lucy Orta: Procession Banners

23 October 2018 - 20 January 2019
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Ikon exhibits a selection of the 30 banners made by female residents of HMP Downview and artist Lucy Orta for the Processions march, marking 100 years since British women won the vote.

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Guilt Trip

31 October 2018 - 24 November 2018
London, United Kingdom

Intermission Youth Theatre's modern re-telling of Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing looks at loyalty, trust, equality, gender and respect.

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Have your say about Arts Council England’s 10-year strategy

8 November 2018, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Liverpool, United Kingdom

This NCJAA workshop is an opportunity for you to have your say about arts in criminal justice settings, and contribute to Arts Council England's thinking and 2020-2030 strategy.

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Media training: talking about arts in criminal justice settings

13 November 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

A one day training course from the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance on how to positively navigate conversations with the media about work in arts and the criminal justice system.

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Bullet Tongue

14 November 2018 - 15 December 2018
London, United Kingdom

Play from The Big House, a theatre company working with care leavers and at risk young people, aims to get to the heart of what life is like for young people involved in gangs.

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Staging Rehabilitation: a masterclass

15 November 2018, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
London, United Kingdom

Training from Clean Break and Geese Theatre Company for both theatre artists and criminal justice professionals interested in the specialised field of arts in the criminal justice system.

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Inside Perspective

27 November 2018 - 9 December 2018
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Drop in to Tate Exchange for a presentation of artwork from prisoners across the country inspired by 'Op art in Focus', currently on display at Tate Liverpool.

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Head-Rot Holiday

27 November 2018 - 22 December 2018
London, United Kingdom

Irreverent dark comedy theatre from Weighed In Productions working in association with Women In Prison. Written by Sarah Daniels, this show sheds a light on neglected stories of women caught in the criminal justice system.

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don’t forget the birds

27 November 2018 - 1 December 2018
London, United Kingdom

Open Clasp present a follow up to Key Change, revealing the true story of what happened next for one of the women - and her relationship with her daughter - after her release.

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Rising

27 November 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

Cardboard Citizens to livestream new forum theatre piece on prisoner release and universal credit from London's City Hall.

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2018 Longford Lecture

28 November 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
London, United Kingdom

The Longford Trust's annual lecture features a panel discussion with current Longford scholars and actor Michael Balogun, chaired by Jon Snow.

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Carol concert

28 November 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
London, United Kingdom

Christmas carol concert at St Paul's Church hosted by Prisoners' Education Trust.

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Making art with young people in custody

3 December 2018, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Glasgow, United Kingdom

A Scottish Prison Arts Network (SPAN) event for Year of Young People 2018. A sharing of ideas and practice from artists, young people and researchers.

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Bringing together the youth justice and arts sectors

6 December 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Birmingham, United Kingdom

A Christmas networking event for professionals based in the West Midlands working in arts and criminal justice.

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Film screening: Tre Maison Dasan

21 January, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

Safe Ground, in association with Hello World Productions, present a feature length documentary about the impact of parental imprisonment, followed by a community conversation.

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Introduction to arts in prisons

22 January, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham, United Kingdom

A one day introductory course to delivering arts projects in prisons. Delivered by the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and Music in Prisons' Sara Lee.

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Effective facilitation workshop

27 January, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

Good Vibrations run a day-long effective facilitation workshop for music practitioners to develop their facilitation techniques.

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Drawing Connections… at The Edges

30 January - 30 April
Cambridge, United Kingdom

An exhibition of work created during eight artist-led workshops bringing together residents at HMP Springhill and students from the local college.

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The Night Alphabet

30 January, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

The Poetry Society host screenings of three short poetry-prose films, a live gig, and reading from Joelle Taylor's new collection of short stories, The Night Alphabet.

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Rewriting Justice

8 February, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
London, United Kingdom

A one day introductory course from Clean Break. For theatre-artists, early career playwrights and criminal justice professionals with an interest in the specialised field of theatre, women and criminal justice.

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Music in prisons: defining a successful project

11 February, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

In this evening seminar Sarah Doxat-Pratt (University of Nottingham) will look at music projects in a prison context, drawing on a year's fieldwork with the Irene Taylor Trust.

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Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

14 February - 30 March
London, United Kingdom

Young Vic and Kate Hewitt present a dark comedy set on a prison at Rikers Island.

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There is a Field

20 February - 16 March
London, United Kingdom

Synergy Theatre Project and Theatre503 present a production covering faith, death and family strife; written by former prisoner Martin Askew.

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The Biomechanics of the Treadwheel

21 February
Stafford, United Kingdom

The first public performance from Staging Time, Rideout's performing arts residency at HMP Stafford.

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Inside Bitch

23 February - 19 March
London, United Kingdom

Showing at the Royal Court, this devised ensemble performance from Clean Break's members subverts the representation of women in prison.

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The Jumper Factory

27 February - 9 March
London, United Kingdom

From Young Vic Taking Part. This new piece, created in collaboration with inmates at HMP Wandsworth, explores the stories of people behind bars and the resilience they need to face a world that moves without them.

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Young people in the criminal justice system – how can the arts respond?

27 February, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Join us at our 2019 annual conference to discuss how the arts can take up the challenges facing young people across the criminal justice system.

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Cultural eXchanges: Art in prisons

28 February, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Leicester, United Kingdom

Two events at De Montfort University's Cultural eXchanges festival explore art in prisons in Leicester and Staffordshire.

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We Made This: Koestler Trust at Turner Contemporary

1 March - 19 May
Margate, United Kingdom

The Koestler Trust's first South East exhibition brings 70 artworks curated by people on probation to Margate's Turner Contemporary.

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The Stretch

6 March - 15 March
Manchester, United Kingdom

Written with support from the pastoral team at HMP Forest Bank and based on true experiences, this play and workshop aims to spark discussion about how one decision changes the lives of many.

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Belong

7 March - 8 March

A new play from Clean Break's Young Artist programme explores youth loneliness in London. Showing as part of Lyric Hammersmith's Evolution festival.

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Distant Voices

16 March, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

Hear some of the songs and stories of the Distant Voices project, which brings together some of Scotland’s most acclaimed songwriters with people who have experience of the criminal justice system.

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Cultures of Health and Wellbeing

21 March, 9:00 am - 22 March, 5:00 pm
Newcastle, United Kingdom

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s first annual conference, held over two days in Newcastle.

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The Other Side of the Wall (Mental health specific)

27 March - 29 March
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Geese Theatre Company offers specialist training for staff working in community or secure settings with patients or service users who have mental health issues or personality disorders.

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Unchained Nights #3

28 March, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
London, United Kingdom

Poet Lady Unchained hosts another edition of Unchained Nights - an artistic platform for artists with lived experience of the criminal justice system - at Artsadmin's Toynbee Studios.

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Music in Prisons project performance

29 March, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Suffolk, United Kingdom

See live music at HMP Hollesley Bay, created by the residents in collaboration with The Irene Taylor Trust.

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Changing Stories symposium at HMP Thorn Cross

11 April, 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Cheshire, United Kingdom

An afternoon symposium at HMP Thorn Cross to celebrate the conclusion of Theatre in Prison and Probation's Changing Stories project.

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Films explore Holloway Prison

16 April, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

Echoes of Holloway Prison and Journey for Justice showcase three films that explore the stories of HMP Holloway, its people and its closure.

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Manchester Crime and Justice Film Festival

9 May - 30 May
Manchester, United Kingdom

Four popular films present research-based and practical ideas and solutions to give an alternative take on crime, justice and punishment in the 21st century.

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The Listening Room

13 May - 15 June
Various, United Kingdom

This award-winning play from Crowded Room features the true stories of five people whose lives have been transformed by a violent crime and explores the impact of restorative justice.

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Insights19

14 May - 17 May
Various, United Kingdom

New event organised by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), offering a over 150 free opportunities for professional development and networking across the country.

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Guys and Dolls

21 May - 23 May
Devon, United Kingdom

The Prison Choir Project returns to HMP Dartmoor for a production of the musical Guys and Dolls.

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Introduction to arts in prisons

21 May, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

NCJAA's one day introductory course to explore some of the questions to consider before embarking on creative work in prisons.

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Exploring women’s imprisonment through art

24 May - 2 June
London, United Kingdom

A collaborative project and art exhibition from academic Dr Susy Menis, Birkbeck School of Law, and artists Noriko Hisazumi and Fabiana Vigna.

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Networking and performance prison event

24 May, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Hull, United Kingdom

Imagine If Theatre Company invites recruitment agencies and organisations supporting people with convictions to attend this event at HMP Hull.

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Arts-based training for facilitators in dealing with resistance

24 May, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

Run by Tony Cealy, and suited to facilitators and group leaders who want to acquaint themselves with the challenges involved in working with hard to reach groups within prisons, probation and pupil referral units.

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Locked in the Pen screening and spoken word night

27 May, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

Screening of three films and live spoken word from a creative writing and film-making programme developed with probation service users in Lambeth.

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What If We Choose: rehearsed reading

30 May, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lincoln, United Kingdom

Intestinal Fortitude Theatre and Jack Hess present the results of a 14 week prison playwriting project.

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Applying Shakespeare II

1 June
Surrey, United Kingdom

Following the success of its first gathering in 2018, the Shakespeare Institute is holding another one-day conference to consider how Shakespeare is used within applied theatre contexts.

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Reading for Life: Shared Literary Reading in Secure Contexts

6 June, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
London, United Kingdom

This workshop explores the new research evidence on the impact of Shared Reading in secure settings.

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Women’s prison activism symposium

7 June
Oxford, United Kingdom

One-day symposium bringing together researchers, creative thinkers, artists, and wider communities interested in policing and criminal justice with a particular focus on women’s transnational prison activism.

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Clean Break information day

7 June, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

Clean Break is holding a day of workshops, talks and performances exploring the work of the women and criminal justice theatre company and its Members programme.

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Recovery Movements: art, addiction, activism

10 June - 16 June
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Gain an insight into the power of participatory dance theatre practices for working with people in recovery from addiction at Tate Exchange Liverpool.

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The RSA Northampton: the arts and social change

11 June, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Northampton, United Kingdom

Hear more about project led by professional artists and RSA Fellows alongside C2C Social Action, a Northamptonshire charity providing support to any individual at any stage of the criminal justice system.

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Sweatbox: a prison van in motion

12 June - 15 June
West Sussex, United Kingdom

From women's theatre company Clean Break, immersive production Sweatbox is a theatre experience that takes place in a real prison van.

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Sweatbox

12 June - 21 September
Various, United Kingdom

Clean Break's Sweatbox invites you to enter the back of a prison van in which three women inside share their stories of arrival and anticipation as they are transported from court to prison, from prison to prison, from prison to court.

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NCJAA annual meeting 2019

12 June, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Our annual meeting will be at FACT Gallery to launch a new publication to support arts organisations who want to work in criminal justice settings and begin our regional development work in the North West.

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Othello: Remixed

25 June - 14 July
London, United Kingdom

Shakespeare’s tragedy is remixed by Intermission Theatre Company.

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Public workshops on Arts Council England’s draft strategy

3 July - 18 July
Various, United Kingdom

Have your say on Arts Council England's final draft 10-year strategy at public consultation events.

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The Irene Taylor Trust presents: Multiplay

4 July, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
London, United Kingdom

Music from the latest band to emerge from the Irene Taylor Trust’s Sounding Out development programme for ex-prisoner musicians.

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The Art of Engagement

20 July - 22 July
Bristol, United Kingdom

Join Cardboard Citizens at the Bristol Old Vic for a one-day taster and insight into its approach to Forum Theatre and other Theatre of the Oppressed tools.

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Music in Prisons at HMP Risley

26 July
Cheshire, United Kingdom

See new music from participants on the Irene Taylor Trust’s Music in Prisons programme at HMP Risley, during a one-off concert at the prison.

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The Trial

26 July - 3 November
Various, Ireland

Touring visual art installation on healthcare and human rights in the Irish criminal justice system.

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Miss Represented: Mirror Mirror

30 July - 4 August
Sussex, United Kingdom

See an exhibition of work and documentary screening from Miss Represented, a Brighton-based arts collective of young women experiencing challenging life situations.

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A Feeling We All Share

1 August - 31 August
Suffolk, United Kingdom

Exhibition of Koestler Arts at Snape Maltings. Part of Re:Lease, which marks 20 years of the Snape Maltings' work at local prison HMP Warren Hill.

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The Examination

13 August, 8:00 pm - 26 August, 9:00 pm
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Play exploring mental health and human rights in the prison system, drawing on workshops with prisoners and former prisoners and in partnership with historians at University College Dublin.

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Re:Lease

24 August
Suffolk, United Kingdom

Snape Maltings marks 20 years’ work with HMP Warren Hill with a day of performances and workshops.

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Recovery and the arts conference

3 September
Liverpool, United Kingdom

To kick-start National Recovery Month 2019, Liverpool John Moores University's conference profiles the work of the UK arts-based recovery community.

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Reading in Prison Day 2019

6 September
United Kingdom

Prison Reading Groups and Give A Book host their annual celebration of what books can do behind bars.

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Women’s Support Centre: New Beginnings Art Awards 2019

7 September, 8:00 am - 13 October, 5:00 pm
Surrey, United Kingdom

Every year the Women's Support Centre, Woking hosts an Art Awards for women to submit artwork from in prison or through visiting the Centre. The entries are exhibited at the Lightbox Gallery.

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Clean Break’s Writers: Here. There. Then. Now.

7 September, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

A selection of Clean Break's writers come together to share what they have learnt from working on the complex theme of women and crime.

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In conversation with Edmund Clark, Roxana Allison, and Pablo Allison

11 September, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Manchester, United Kingdom

Artists Edmund Clark, Roxana Allison, and Pablo Allison talk about their experience of photography in criminal justice settings with Redeye.

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A Night in the Clink

15 September - 25 September
Cardiff, United Kingdom

An immersive theatre and dining experience at The Clink Restaurant in HMP Cardiff, developed by Papertrail and the Sherman Theatre.

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Koestler exhibition 2019

19 September - 3 November
London, United Kingdom

The Koestler Trust's exhibition of art entered in to its annual awards will this year be curated by award-winning saxophonist Soweto Kinch.

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Prodigal Arts and Changing Tunes exhibition

19 September, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bristol, United Kingdom

Prodigal Arts invites you to a private view of high-quality original artwork, prints and cards for sale, produced by prisoners from HMP Leyhill Prison. With music from Changing Tunes.

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HMPPS grant programme information events

24 September - 1 October
York, Cardiff, London, United Kingdom

Information events from Clinks for anyone interested in applying to HM Prison and Probation Service's next grant funding programme for 2020-2022.

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I’d Rather Go Blind

1 October, 7:30 pm - 5 October, 10:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

A new play from Futures Theatre and Somalia Seaton, shaped by the stories of women with lived experience of the criminal justice system.

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Clean Break’s New Work Showcase

4 October, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

See two new works in development from former Clean Break members Sonya Hale and Daisy King at The Bunker Theatre.

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Koestler Arts at Southbank Centre in October

5 October - 24 October
London, United Kingdom

Koestler Arts presents a series of events to coincide with its annual exhibition at Southbank Centre.

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On Hold

6 October - 7 October
London, United Kingdom

Presented by Tale Be Told Theatre for the One Festival of Homeless Arts, On Hold is a take on the housing crisis from the viewpoint of families living in temporary accommodation.

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Playing the Game

9 October - 10 October
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Geese Theatre Company presents Playing the Game, a theatre of testimony piece using material from a series of drama workshops and interviews at HMP Peterborough.

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Readings of 2019 Koestler Award-winning plays

9 October, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
London, United Kingdom

A special Synergy Theatre Project event at The Royal Court Theatre, showcasing this year's Koestler Award-winning plays.

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Learning Social – Arts in Prison

14 October, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Discussion of arts in prison chaired by Ikon Gallery's artist in residence at HMP Grendon, Dean Kelland.

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François Matarasso: A space to think

15 October, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
London, United Kingdom

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance's annual Anne Peaker lecture. With François Matarasso, community arts worker, writer and researcher.

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Novus at Tate Liverpool

28 October - 3 November
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Creative art pieces produced by men from five prisons across the North West and North Wales will be presented in Tate Exchange at Tate Liverpool.

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Beyond Walls

29 October, 10:00 am - 3 November, 5:30 pm
Liverpool, United Kingdom

An exhibition of art by Novus learners in North West prisons, inspired by the work of Keith Haring. For Tate Exchange.

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Theatre of the Oppressed training

4 November - 6 November
Manchester, United Kingdom

Odd Arts is hosting Geo Britto, one of the first generations of students who trained with Augusto Boal in Brazil, for a three-day training workshop.

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Dance Club at Scrubs

7 November - 10 November
London, United Kingdom

An exhibition and panel discussion celebrating the first edition of Dance Club, a dance and choreography course run at HMP Wormwood Scrubs.

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Introduction to arts in prisons

11 November, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Manchester, United Kingdom

A one-day training course covering practical tips and key things to consider before embarking on creative work in prisons.

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