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Collage of images of Arts Access Corrections leadership award recipients and Highly Commendeds

ARTS IN CORRECTIONS LEADERS: Congratulations to Christchurch Men’s Prison, this year's recipient of the Arts Access Corrections Leadership Award. Also congratulations to Wellington's Bedtime Stories programme, recipient of the Arts Access Corrections Community Award, and Highly Commended Whānau Manaaki of the Hawke’s Bay and Write Where You Are of Wellington. Thank you for your commitment to using the arts as a tool supporting the rehabilitation of prisoners. Read more

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.

Sign up to receive your bi-monthly Arts Access in Corrections e-newsletter.

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