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Creative Criminal Justice Programme

two performers on stage smiling, with audience watching
Unchained Nights at Toynbee Studios. Photo by by Greg Goodale

Artsadmin delivers 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 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 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 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.

“I enjoyed being able to come and express in a safe place and the feeling of normality.”

Participant, 2018

“Prisons should do more arts activities because it lets people express themselves in ways that cannot on the wing.”

Participant, 2018

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 siobhan@artsadmin.co.uk.

Date Title Venue City
28 March 2019 Unchained Nights #3 Toynbee Studios
27 September 2018 Unchained Nights #2 Toynbee Studios
3 May 2018 Unchained Nights Toynbee Studios
two performers on stage smiling, with audience watching
Unchained Nights at Toynbee Studios. Photo by by Greg Goodale
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