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

January 13 @ 9:00 am - March 26 @ 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
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Free ten-week acting course for ex-prisoners

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - April 5 @ 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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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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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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The Other Side of the Wall – Geese Theatre Company training
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The Other Side of the Wall – Geese Theatre Company training

March 22 @ 8:00 am - April 28 @ 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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Cultural funding in England
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Cultural funding in England

April 27

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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