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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. 

Upper Hutt exhibition of prisoner art

An exhibition in Upper Hutt’s Expressions Whirinaki arts centre, opening on 29 September and running throughout October 2017, is a chance for the public to purchase artwork by prisoners and support their journey to rehabilitation. In addition, the proceeds of sales from artworks will be donated to Women’s Refuge. Read more 

Volunteers needed

Auckland Prison is seeking an artist or craftsperson skilled in weaving and wood carving to teach a small group of male prisoners for two hours once a week. If you are interested, please contact Ruth Patterson, Regional Volunteer Coordinator – Auckland / Northland, Department of Corrections (E: T: 09 306 8383).

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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