Category: arts and justice

STIR: prisoner arts magazine by prisoners for prisoners celebrates 10th issue

This blog post was contributed by the STIR editorial team based at HMP Shotts. The creative arts provide a valuable outlet for people from all walks of life. As a template for self-expression, they provide a constructive means for expressing

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Art in prison is a dangerous thing

Art in prison is a dangerous thing. It is dangerous because art is about being bothersome – asking difficult questions, challenging what everyone else takes for granted, triggering deep emotions. And prison is about keeping trouble to a minimum. Art

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The importance of arts for prison education

For me, the comment below emailed to me by an art teacher about one of his students sums up both why I believe the arts are so important in prisons (the prisoner was previously disruptive and spent periods of time

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