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Collage of images of crochet programme at Mt Eden Corrections FacilityA CROCHET KAUPAPA OF JOY: Learning to crochet reminded some of the men at Mt Eden Corrections Facility of their nanas and encouraged them to share childhood memories with one another in the crochet class. “Learning to crochet is easy and quick, and so therapeutic,” say Auckland couple Rudi Robinson and Lissy Robinson-Cole, who delivered a ten-week crochet programme at Mt Eden Corrections Facility. Read more

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 so they can deliver effective arts programmes, workshops and residencies in prisons and in Community Corrections
  • 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 so they can design and deliver effective arts projects, activities and events in prisons and in Community Corrections
  • provides advice and links supporting released prisoners to continue art-making in the community.

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.

Chris Ulutupu is the Arts in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa. He works Monday to Wednesday. For information, advice and opportunities, please contact Chris (T: 04 802 4349 E: chris.ulutupu@artsaccess.org.nz).

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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