We believe offering prisoners the opportunity to explore their creative skills is a vital experience because it
- Builds confidence
- Expands minds
- Encourages collaboration
- Teaches team work
- Encourages positive, constructive thinking
And in the words of Jenny Hughes* creativity also offers
- A non-traditional, non-institutional, social and emotional environment
- A non-judgemental and un-authoritarian model of engagement
- An opportunity to participate in a creative process that involves both structure and freedom
At the same time engagement in the participatory arts requires respect, responsibility, co-operation and collaboration.”
*Source : writing in ‘Doing the Arts Justice’ (The Unit for the Arts and Offenders, 2005)
(From the preface to De Profundis, written by Oscar Wilde whilst in prison.)
Changing a life – one creative step at a time
Performing in front of an audience, receiving praise and being recognised as something other than ‘an Offender’ but maybe, also an Artist, Musician, or Poet, can change a life. New motivation, commitment and self-esteem can be the result of a creative experience. For many people in prison, having completed anything is a new experience offered by the arts.
To find out more please contact:
Philip Emery, Director
07950 099766 or send an Email
2makeit is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales number 8958828 and a registered charity number 1157740.
Registered address: 5 Robin Hood Lane, Sutton, Surrey SM1 2SW.