The newsletter for arts organisations working in criminal justice.
In this month's issue...
- National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance news
- Events and training
- Arts in criminal justice news and publications
- Resources and opportunities
NCJAA conference 2022: A new way of working – what does building back better look like for the arts in criminal justice?
31 March, 10am | online | free
We are excited to announce the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) conference 2022 will take place virtually. With a day packed full of workshops, keynote speakers and panel discussions related to the conference theme of A new way of working – what does building back better look like for the arts in criminal justice?, all are welcome to attend, participate and learn. Members of the NCJAA network are also invited to run a workshop at the conference. Find out more and book tickets here
Navigating the criminal justice system
The criminal justice system in England and Wales can be daunting to understand because of its size and complexity. If you are an arts practitioner new to working or volunteering in this field, Clinks has published a helpful guide that will help you understand how the criminal justice system is organised and how it works. The free guide can be downloaded here
Clinks response to the Prisons Strategy White Paper
After gathering views of voluntary organisations, Clinks had responded to the Ministry of Justice’s Prisons Strategy White Paper. Clinks spoke with 113 voluntary sector organisations working in criminal justice, including many arts organisations, to inform this response which focusses on utilising their expertise, reducing the prison population, equality and fairness and resettlement support. The response also expresses disappointment the White Paper does not refer to the impact of arts on wellbeing and the importance of people in prison accessing creativity. Read the response in full here
Talent Unlocked: Festival of Art Behind Bars
27 February, 7pm | in-cell TV | free
Talent Unlocked returns this year with its Festival of Arts Behind Bars broadcast in 50 prisons by Wayout TV, the in-cell educational TV channel. This initiative launched in 2017 as part of De Montfort University’s partnership with prisons and artistic organisations. The festival programme includes poetry, drama, music and artwork from people in prison and showcases the enormous potential and talent behind prison walls. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
In conversation: arts in prisons
3 March 2022, 2pm | Clephan Building at De Montfort University | free
De Montfort University (DMU) is holding an Arts in Prison event during its Cultural eXchanges programme. Dr Jacqui Norton, Associate Professor of Arts at DMU, will be in conversation with Chris Heighton, Head of Music at DMU. Chris will be discussing his work in prisons and exploring perspectives on Music in Detention Programmes. For more information and to register click here
Training: rewriting justice
17 March 2022 | online | £90
Rewriting Justice is a one-day training course for theatre-artists, early career playwrights and criminal justice professionals with a particular interest in how to facilitate playwriting workshops in criminal justice settings (including people in prisons), women's centres and community settings. The day will be facilitated by Clean Break’s Joint Artistic Director, Anna Herrmann, and playwright Vivienne Franzmann. Find out more information along with details of other upcoming events here
Young People and Protest exhibition
Ongoing | National Justice Museum, Nottingham | free
Created with input from thousands of people, this new exhibition is a snapshot of historical and contemporary youth activism from around the world. It is a celebration of the power, passion, and ability that young people have shown to get their voices heard, to fight against continued injustice and to enact change locally and globally. Funded by Arts Council England, Young People and Protest is now open at the National Justice Museum. Find out more information here
Three new ‘toolbox’ books have been written for people in prison that are full of creative games, life enhancing techniques and personal development tips. The books - entitled Red, Blue and Green - contain contributions from artists and experts, including people who have been in prison, and focus on how to use cell time creatively and constructively. They are the creation of writer Alistair Fruish in partnership with Arts Council England and can be accessed for free in printable PDF format by any prison or organisation working with prisoners. Please contact email@example.com
Celebrating 60 Years of the Koestler Awards
The 2022 Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice is open for entries. The annual Awards from Koestler Arts welcome all forms of art, writing, design and music from people in secure settings and on probation. The total prize money is over £30,000. This year marks the Koestler Awards’ 60th anniversary and, to celebrate this, the exhibition of entries will be curated by internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei. Entrants may submit up to five creative works by the closing date on 7 April 2022. Entry forms and further information can be found here
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