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Anne Peaker was a pioneer of arts for, and by, people in the criminal justice system. This annual lecture honours her work and legacy, which forms the basis of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance today.
This year, keynote speaker François Matarasso will consider the historical context of participatory arts in criminal justice settings and Anne Peaker’s contribution to this. He will go on to consider art’s capacity for the kind of reflection that helps individuals grow, and make the case for its importance in terms of human rights and power.
The event will include a performance of an arts project developed in criminal justice settings, a Q&A and networking drinks.
Full programme details to follow.
François Matarasso is a community artist whose work embraces creative projects, research and writing. His latest book A Restless Art: How participation won, and why it matters (2019) gives an extensive account of the theory, history and practice of community art in Europe and combines decades of first-hand experience with new research and many project descriptions. François lives in Britain and has experience of work in many European countries. www.arestlessart.com