Creative Criminal Justice Programme
We deliver multi-disciplinary creative projects in prisons and provide opportunities for people who have lived experience of the criminal justice system to engage in the arts after a prison sentence.
Take Up Space is a project delivered annually in male prisons in London. Participants work with an artist to create a performance for an invited audience and their families. We have delivered Take Up Space in HMP Thameside and YOI Feltham and currently partner with the resettlement prison services of social justice charity Catch 22 on this work. Previous Take Up Space projects have seen poet and musician Joshua Idehen delivering performance poetry workshops and Lanre Malaolu leading movement workshops, exploring strength and masculinity. Read poetry from Take Up Space 2017 in this blog and Education Producer Siobhán's blog on the 2018 project.
For people who have lived experience of the criminal justice system we offer ongoing support by providing mentoring and resources to artists and by setting up artist peer networks. As part of this work we support artist Lady Unchained and host her creative platform Unchained Nights – a music and poetry platform for artists with lived experience of the criminal justice system. Read more on our blog.
If you have lived experience of the criminal justice system and would like to hear more about our opportunities or if you work in criminal justice and would like to discuss a potential collaboration please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.