Previous Arts Projects

Using creative practices has been a core element of the Partnership’s approach.light woman  The Arts can help people to really engage with issues and explore things from a different perspective. It provides a relaxed, non-confrontational (and fun!) platform from which to work and is therefore an ideal way to engage with disadvantaged and vulnerable people who may not otherwise open up. The Arts  is transformative and can turn the most difficult consultation into a truly empowering experiencing, often giving a voice to those who may otherwise go unnoticed.  Above all it puts positive experiences into the most difficult, impoverished and often traumatised lives.

elephantWe know that creativity and the use of the Arts has always been one of our most successful methods of intervention, particularly when working with young people, as demonstrated by the depth and variety of our projects below….


Journeys and Stories (2015-2016)

Reading Museum ExhibitionElizabeth Fry and Thames Valley Partnership worked  together over a number of years to provide creative activity for residents at the hostel. The artwork currently displayed on the walls is the outcome of a 2 year project, Women at the HeArt, and led to funding from Arts Council England to support Journeys and Stories.  These sessions were led by experienced artists Christine Wilkinson and Carla Conte and culminated in two public exhibitions at Reading Museum and MERL (Museum of English Rural Life). Read more …

Modelling Change Update

Modelling Change project ran from October 2014 until spring 2015 using the creative arts to engage and empower girls aged 16 to 19 in the Oxfordshire area, through the agencies and organisations that support them.  Skilled artist facilitators lead a mix of arts based activities and workshops on a weekly basis.  Engaging with creative activity has shown to have a positive impact on self-esteem and self-image, steering them towards more positive life decisions. Click here to view a  short film about the project. Read more …


Art-i-tecArt-i-tec was a West Berkshire Council’s Arts and Leisure Services project, working in partnership with the Youth Offending Team and Youth Support Team and supported by investment from Artswork.  Read more …

House of Lords Event: using the Arts with vulnerable women

Modelling Change MosaicsOn Tuesday 21st October 2014 about 50 people gathered in a Committee Room at the House of Lords to listen to speakers and debate issues around women in the criminal justice system and how the arts can have an impact on bringing about change in their lives. Read more …

Women at the HeArt

Women at the HeART (Mosaics)Women at the HeArt ran from 2012 until March 2014 aiming to give vulnerable, disadvantaged women more control over their lives, identifying ways of empowering them through the use of creative activities and reconnecting them with their families and communities. Read more …

Something Brilliant at the barn

Visit our  dedicated arts section which captures  all the  findings  from our  creative Barnstorming day in March 2011.  It is packed with great ieas which will be of real  benefit to  anyone interested in working creatively with vulnerable groups.  

Watch  a clip of this day

“One of the things I really like about the Partnership is that
it does that really difficult work but with an interesting edge”

Ian Blair  (Lord Blair of Boughton), former Chair of Thames Valley Partnership


Community payback

During 2008/2009, Our Hidden Garden project built on the close link forged between The West Wing Arts centre in Slough and Thames Valley Probation under the unpaid work schemes. The […]

Community projects

We have brokered a number of projects set in the community: QuarreTiles in Aylesbury, Changing Walls in South Bucks and Gener8 in Newbury. Our community project in Quarrendon in Aylesbury, QuarreTiles, […]

Developing the Arts

We continue to explore, support and evaluate a number of different arts projects in the future.

Family Matters & the Arts

We have supported our Family Matters programme and have worked in Aylesbury Young Offender Institution, Reading Prison and in the community. Our work in Reading supported Ballads of Reading Jail – […]

Supporting young people on the edge

We support young people in a variety of ways and in collaboration with a wide spectrum of partners. Take a look at the sort of work we have been involved with.

Transit Dance Project

‘Transit’ Youth Dance Project:  “Dancing is like marching, you have to be in the right step in the right time.” If you would like to learn more about this piece […]

Working with victims of domestic abuse

Creative activity is immensely absorbing and rewarding. It can often be the key that opens the door on a brighter and more hopeful future, helping women to change their futures. […]

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