Developing the Arts

We continually attempt to support our local artists by offering, where possible, training within our current projects.  For example, Women at the HeArt offered 4 artists the chance to work alongside more experienced artists in the field and gain valuable hands on delivery experience in a live workshop situation. We carried this idea forward into our Modelling Change project and offered one ‘mentee’ role to a newly qualified artist to learn and develop their skills, who ended up taking the lead role of visual artist during Spring 2015.

During 2009/2010, “Experts on the Ground” was our professional learning programme for both creative practitioners and professionals who support young people and designed to bring these two sectors together for joint delivery and learning from each other.

We are always looking at new ways of developing our arts based approaches, exploring new ways of engaging and of course sharing our experiences with as wide an audience as possible.  We are keen to  ‘spread the word’ and encourage others to use creative practice within the criminal justice sector.  This takes many forms – through conferences, publications, membership of wider groups and our on going brokerage role.

We are members of the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice ( which is supported by the Ministry of Justice and the Monument Trust. NAACJ is made up of arts organisations that work in the criminal justice sector, delivering arts programmes in prisons, probation settings, detention centres, secure hospitals and the community. Judy Munday, Arts Manager, is a Mentor for their on going mentoring scheme and has mentored 2 artists who are bringing their artistic skills and experience into the criminal justice environment for the first time.

Our Chair, Lord Blair, chaired the launch at the South bank Centre in London of a report by New Philanthropy Capital entitled ‘ Unlocking Value: The economic benefit of the arts in criminal justice’Download a copy .

We continue to explore, support and evaluate a number of different arts projects in the future. In collaboration with the many creative agents and organisations we work closely with, we continue to champion innovative and challenging ways of employing the arts to inspire and transform – as a positive healing tool.

Experts on the Ground

Experts on the Ground was a professional learning programme for creative practitioners and those who work with young people in youth and youth offending settings. It was jointly delivered by Thames Valley […]

Thames Valley Partnership Heading Upstream

The LifeCrafts Conference held in March 2008 at the River and Rowing Museum, Henley was a huge success, attracting a mix of artists, practitioners, youth support staff and local authority […]

A Different View

Our website A Different View holds the evidence gathered from all of our projects with young people at risk to contribute to the body of knowledge about how we evaluate […]

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