Documenting arts practitioners' practice in prisons: 'What do you do in there?'

Kirstin Anderson

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This article explores arts practitioners’ methods in leading workshops with prisoners as part of the Inspiring Change pilot, a co‐ordinated pilot programme of arts interventions that took place in five Scottish prisons throughout 2010. Session review forms, which were completed by arts practitioners after each session, were designed to find out what happened in sessions, what worked well with prisoners in these sessions and what did not. Very little has been written on the arts practitioners’ methods and, in particular, the data gathered from session review forms. This article discusses the data gathered and three themes that came out of the arts practitioners’ responses including ‘Response to planned activity’, ‘Response to working in a prison environment’, and ‘Development of skills for participants’. The article concludes that documenting arts practitioners’ practice can contribute to the understanding of the connection and role of the arts in desistance studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-383
Number of pages12
JournalThe Howard Journal of Crime and Justice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2015


  • arts-based interventions
  • education
  • prisons
  • practitioner experience
  • desistance


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