The newsletter for arts organisations working in criminal justice.
In this month's issue...
- National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance news
- Arts in criminal justice news and publications
- Events and training
- Resources and opportunities
NCJAA 2022 bursary scheme – deadline approaching
Apply by midnight, Sunday 29 May
Applications remain open for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) 2022 bursary scheme. Delivered in partnership with Arts Council England, grants totalling £16,000 are available to support arts practitioners working in criminal justice. The scheme launches at a challenging time for our sector as we recover from the impact of Covid-19 and aims to ensure that financial constraints do not prevent anyone from accessing the training and development opportunities they now need. Grants of up to £500 are available. The deadline for applications is midnight this Sunday 29 May 2022. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, please visit the NCJAA bursary webpage.
England criminal justice forum
21 June | online | free
Clinks regularly arranges England criminal justice forums that are open to organisations in England working in the criminal justice system, including arts organisations that deliver creative interventions. The latest forum takes place next month and will bring together partners to discuss policy and practice affecting their work and to hear about future developments. The forums also provide a space to share good practice, network, discuss the opportunities and challenges your organisation is facing and encourage shared learning and peer support. Book your place here
New arts show launching this month
A new art show, Cre8tive TV, launches this month on Wayout TV which is broadcast to over 40,000 prisoners across 63 prisons in England and Wales. The show will demonstrate art techniques that prisoners can try for themselves, using accessible materials that are to hand such as A4 paper to painting with tea. Cre8tive TV is funded by Arts Council England, the Edith Murphy Foundation and the Noel Brixton Trust and produced by Soft Touch Arts; a charity using the arts to turn people away from crime. Thirty episodes were filmed at locations including HMP Stocken and will be broadcast on Wayout TV at 10am every Tuesday, repeated at 4pm, for 30 weeks. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com more information.
One Small Thing: North and South in person events
9 June (Sheffield) | 16 June (Cambridge) | free
One Small Thing, the charity and NCJAA member that facilitates trauma-informed programmes for the prison and community sectors, is hosting two in person events that offer expert insight and discussion about the importance of trauma-informed and gender responsive approaches when providing support to users and organisations. Guest speakers include Sofia Buncy (National Coordinator at Muslim Women in Prison) and Dr Lucy Baldwin (Senior Lecturer in Criminology at De Montfort University). Book your tickets here
Theatre performance: Favour
24 June – 6 August | Bush Theatre, London | from £12
Favour is a touching and hopeful theatre performance that tackles duty, addiction and the challenges facing families after release from prison. Written by Ambreen Razia (Diary of a Hounslow Girl), this remarkable new play was commissioned by the women’s theatre charity Clean Break and tells a strikingly frank story of a working-class Muslim family in a way never seen before on stage. Book your tickets here
Exhibition: Koestler Arts at The Supreme Court
29 June – October 2022 | The Supreme Court, London | free
Koestler Arts is returning to the Supreme Court this summer for a public display of artwork by under-18s within the criminal justice system. It will be a chance to showcase and celebrate artwork submitted to the Koestler Awards by its youngest entrants inside one of the UK’s most iconic legal settings. The Supreme Court hears cases of the highest importance that can affect the whole population and is the final court of appeal in the UK. For more information click here
Subsidised tickets for underrepresented groups – To Kill A Mockingbird
Sonia Friedman Productions have made eight subsidised tickets available for every performance of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre in London, for people under-represented in theatre audiences - including those with lived experience and racially minoritised people. The subsidised tickets cost just £5 each for excellent seats, usually priced at £97.50. Sonia Friedman Productions hopes that the initiative will make the new play by Aaron Sorkin, which has received rave reviews, more accessible. To book the subsidised tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film production course for people with lived experience
7 June – 9 August | Tuesday evenings | London | free
Synergy Theatre Project, in partnership with Sara Putt Associates, is delivering a film production course for people with lived experience. Participants will explore different roles and departments working behind the scenes in the film and television industry through practical activities and Q&A’s with industry experts. This course has proved to be successful with participants going on to gain work or move into further education, within film and television. If you work with people who have been to prison or have personally had experience with the criminal justice system and are interested in the course, contact email@example.com before 5pm on Wednesday 1 June.
Introduction to acting course for people with lived experience
8 June - 13 July | Wednesday evenings | London | free
Synergy Theatre Project, in partnership with Morley College, is delivering an introduction to acting course. Participants will learn techniques used by professional actors and explore them in fun, practical sessions leading towards a short performance to an invited audience. Participants do not need experience in acting (although this would be beneficial) but a willingness to get involved and the ability to commit to learning acting techniques with the view to perform at the final showcase. If you work with people who have been to prison or have personally had experience with the criminal justice system and are interested in the course, contact firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm on Wednesday 1 June.
Geo Britto Forum Theatre workshop: Theatre of the Oppressed training
22 June | Manchester | £90 (subsidies available)
Odd Arts, the innovative charity and NCJAA member that uses theatre to challenge inequalities and increase opportunities in criminal justice settings, has arranged a training workshop with internationally renowned practitioner Geo Britto who has been using Forum Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in prison and secure settings around the world for more than 30 years. The workshop is designed for people already interested in Applied Theatre and takes place in Manchester next month. For more information email email@example.com.
Musician-in-Residence, Changing Tunes
Actor/Actress/Groupworker, Geese Theatre Company
Take a creative break
Try something musical this month by kickstarting your creativity with this online tool by Typatone that turns every letter into a beautiful sound and transforms any text into ambient music. Perhaps your production will make you the next Calvin Harris or Nile Rodgers!
Want to include something in the next newsletter?
The next NCJAA monthly newsletter will be sent on Thursday 30 June. If you have any news, opportunities or events relating to art organisations or projects within the criminal justice system that you would like included, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 20 June 2022.
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