Creative Rehabilitation

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)

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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

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