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UNLOCKING CREATIVITY: The arts are a fantastic medium to explore prisoners'  creativity and ability to achieve, says Rachel Leota, National Commissioner, Department of Corrections  and one of the judges for the two Corrections awards presented at Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2018. Read Rachel's blog, Unlocking creativity within prisoners

About 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 18 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, the Arts in Corrections Advisor: 

  • works with artists, community educators and groups to deliver effective arts programmes, workshops and residencies in prisons
  • facilitates three regional Arts in Corrections Networks
  • supports Corrections staff to design and implement effective arts plans for each prison
  • supports Corrections staff and volunteers to design and deliver effective arts projects, activities and events 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.

Jacqui Moyes is no longer the Arts in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa. A new Arts in Corrections Advisor will be appointed in the new year. If you have any queries in the meantime, please email Arts Access Aotearoa.

Have your say about New Zealand’s justice system

New Zealand needs a justice system that keeps communities safe and delivers a better outcome for everyone affected by crime. The Ministry of Justice wants to listen to views about justice in New Zealand and people are invited to share their experiences of justice and suggest ideas for how it can do things better. You can have your say on Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata - Safe and Effective Justice website

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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