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Arts in Corrections opportunities

This page lists local and international opportunities for individuals, groups and organisations involved in Arts in Corrections activities and programmes in New Zealand prisons or Community Corrections sites. If you know of any creative opportunities encouraging and promoting the role of the arts as a tool supporting the rehabilitation of prisoners, please contact Jacqui Moyes, Arts in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: so we can post on this webpage. 

Theatre for Living: masterclass with David Diamond

David Diamond is presenting a masterclass on Theatre for Living at Massey University’s Auckland campus on the weekend of 24 and 25 June. Theatre for Living is a way of communicating and working with people so they can tell their stories. Its techniques have been used in a range of ways, including mainstream theatre, anti-racism and violence prevention, community and team development, education and counselling. This workshop is for theatre-makers and community workshops. The cost is $200 for the two days.You can register online. For more information, contact Dr Rand T Hazou, Senior Lecturer in Theatre, Massey University (T: 09 414 0800 E:

International Art Competition for prisoners

The fourth International Art Competition, organised by not-for-profit organisation Art and Prison e.V, is calling for entries of artworks by people in prisons and correctional facilities. Submitted artworks will become part of a collection of prison art that will be displayed throughout Europe in a travelling exhibition. The deadline for entries is 15 June 2017.

For more information and conditions of participation, download the following documents.

PDF icon Invitation to the IV International Art Competition 2017

PDF iconArt and Prisone.V. Competition poster

Northland prisoners publish creative writing

Reflections, printed in late 2016 by the Corrections Print Shop in Rimutaka Prison, contains 43 pieces of creative writing written by prisoners and some staff members in the Northland Region Corrections Facility. There are poems about freedom, friends and family; short stories often with a Northland setting; memories of life on a farm; and insights into growing up. All profits from the sale of Reflections will be donated to the Salvation Army, Northland branch.  If you would like a copy, please send your request to: Creative Writing, Northland Region Corrections Facility, PO Box 727, Kaikohe 0472.

Write Where You Are 

Write Where You Are is a registered charity, formed by a group of writers and teachers who have been running creative writing classes in Arohata and Rimutaka Prisons since 2015 as volunteers and contractors. It runs creative writing workshops in places such as prisons and low income communities, where people face barriers to participation in the arts. You can read more about the impact of what they do. To contact the trust, email

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