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Collage of images of international experts in Arts in Corrections

EXTENDING KNOWLEDGE: Arts Access Aotearoa continually seeks opportunities to research and extend its knowledge of Arts in Corrections, and partners with others to facilitate innovative projects. This image presents four international experts who have shared their expertise in New Zealand: theatre practitioner Uta Plate, Germany; academic Sylvie Frigon, Canada (pictured with Jacqui Moyes, Arts Access Aotearoa); Shakespeare Behind Bars founder Curt Tofteland, United States; and writer and youth justice worker Michael Crowley, UK. Read more about the international connection

Introducing Arts in Corrections

The arts and creative expression can be a powerful tool in supporting the rehabilitation process of prisoners and their re-integration back into the community on release.

Arts Access Aotearoa receives funding from the Department of Corrections to provide an Arts in Corrections Advisory Service. There are 19 prisons from Invercargill through to Northland, and a remand centre in New Plymouth. In addition, Community Corrections manages approximately 30,000 offenders in the community.

Through this service, Jacqui Moyes, Arts in Corrections Advisor, supports:

  • Corrections staff to design and implement effective arts plans for each prison
  • Corrections staff and volunteers to design and deliver effective arts projects, activities and events in prisons 
  • Artists, community educators and groups to deliver effective arts programmes, workshops and residencies in prisons.

This section features news updates, events, opportunities and arts activities in prisons around the country. It outlines and profiles the community of people, groups and organisations using the arts to support rehabilitation and reintegration. It also provides research, guidelines and information about the role of the arts in Corrections facilities, both in New Zealand and internationally.

For information and advice, contact Jacqui Moyes, Arts in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: 

Theatre in Corrections

The Looking Glass Prison Theatre Project workshop"Doing this workshop helped me push myself. I feel a lot more confident to do things like this workshop,” wrote one of the participants in the Looking Glass Prison Theatre Project, held in the Drug Treatment Unit of Arohata Prison in March 2016. Jacqui Moyes, Arts in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa facilitated and co-ordinated this project, along with Creativity in Corrections forums in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.

You can read about the project and watch the video.

You can also download Jacqui's report on the project outcomes.  

Newsletter highlights

Every second month, we distribute Arts Access in Corrections, an e-newsletter highlighting news stories, profiles, research and resources.

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Jacqui Moyes

JACQUI MOYES: Jacqui Claire is Arts in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04802 4349 E: More about Jacqui

Awards 2018

Awards 2017 

Awards 2016


News updates

Regional networks

Q & A: Arts in Corrections insights



Latest media 

theatre workshop in Arohata Women's Prison
SOCIAL INVESTMENT: "Arts in prisons is not a luxury or a self-indulgence. It’s a vital social investment," says Richard Benge, Executive Director of Arts Access Aotearoa, in this opinion piece published on Stuff

Creative writing booklet
PRISON VOICES: Two busloads of writers took part in an interactive creative writing workshop with prisoners, organised by the NZ Festival's Writers and Readers programme. Read about Ruby MacAndrew's experience in Capital Day

RNZ interviewIMPACT OF THE ARTS: Neil Beales, Corrections Chief Custodial Officer and Jacqui Moyes, Arts in Corrections Adviser, Arts Access Aotearoa talk to Bryan Crump of RNZ’s Nights programme about the range of arts being used as a tool to support the rehabilitation process. Listen to the interview 



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