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Resources: guidelines and practical tools

This page has guidelines and practical tools about Arts in Corrections projects and programmes.  

UK: working in criminal justice settings

A UK publication, Enhancing arts and culture in the criminal justice system, is for artists, arts organisations and cultural institutions interested in working in criminal justice settings. It aims to assist the development of high-quality arts and cultural practice in these environments, emphasising the practical, creative and ethical considerations. To download the 48-page guide

Prison art exhibition guidelines

Thinking about putting together an exhibition of prison art? Preparing for an exhibition can come with a variety of challenges but also great rewards. Exhibitions are an opportunities to engage with the local community and acknowledge the hard work and talent that can produce a good piece of art. They can also be a way to fundraise for appropriate and relevant charities.  For more information and guidelines about putting on an exhibition, read Prison Art Exhibition Guidelines prepared by Arts Access Aotearoa and the Department of Corrections. 

Suitability of prisoner artwork for exhibition or donation

This flow diagram takes you through the necessary steps to ascertain whether the prisoner artwork is suitable for exhibition or donation. Read more 

Creative New Zealand Community Arts Tool Kit

Community arts are created by, with and for a community. Creative New Zealand Community Arts Tool Kit: Keteparaha Mō Ngā Toi Hapori includes videos of New Zealanders sharing their experiences and what they've learned. There are also tip sheets, tools, and examples of successful projects and events to get you inspired. Visit Creative New Zealand's website 

Prisoner art policy guide

The intention of this policy is to provide clarity for the management, sale, donation and exhibition of prisoner art work. The policy will provide prisoners with increased opportunities to learn new skills and assist with rehabilitation. It is not intended that prisoners will benefit financially from the sale, donation or exhibition of artwork. Read more

What Works: demonstrating your value 

What Works is a website hosted by Community Research. It’s about helping people, especially smaller community groups, the value of their work by gathering robust data and information to tell a story about what they are doing and the difference it makes.  Visit the website 


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