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New film makes the case for arts in criminal justice



We are pleased to announce the release of our new film Why do arts in criminal justice matter?

Using interviews filmed during our 2017 Annual Conference at the National Theatre, the film features responses from sector leaders and supporters, and shares inspirational accounts of our members’ work; making a compelling case for arts in criminal justice.

What access to the arts can do is to show you a set of possibilities to how you can live your life differently, and how you can make a really meaningful contribution to society
– Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

If you believe that everybody should be given a second chance – and should not be judged by the worst thing they have ever done – then it’s important that criminal justice can use the arts to change the way people think about offenders
– Sally Taylor, Chief Executive, Koestler Trust

Watch the film above or click here to watch it full-screen


With thanks to those who contributed to the making of this film:
Darren Henley OBE, Arts Council England, Koestler Trust, Russ Haynes, Teach a Friend to Read, Geese Theatre Company, Clean Break, Professor Annie Bartlett, Sara Lee, Katy Haigh, The Irene Taylor Trust, Good Vibrations, Andy Watson MBE, Alison Frater, Professor Nick Hardwick, Sally Taylor, Tim Isherwood, The Listening Room, Ministry of Justice, The Monument Trust, Professor Sarah Colvin

Filmed and edited by: Sweet Take Studio


This film was produced as a resource for our members, please use and share it as much as possible with funders, governors and stakeholders.

If you have any questions about the film please contact dora.dixon@clinks.org