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Working in Scottish Prisons - guide for artists

This document is designed to support artists and practitioners who are engaged in the delivery of creative work in the context of a prison or secure institution.

It seeks to offer an introduction to some of the key ideas and current discourse surrounding Scottish Criminal Justice as well as providing practical guidance on the processes and procedures involved in project planning and delivery. It also includes advice from artists working in the field and valuable reflections from prisoners on their experience of participating in work of this kind.

There are lots of ways to imagine how creativity can feature as part of wider prison activity. Individual art forms offer their own possibilities in relation to process and possible outcome and it is important to be ambitious and dynamic in the delivery of new ways of working and methodologies.

We hope this guide will serve as a useful handbook to help artists locate their own practice in this context and support a thriving programme of cultural and creative activity in Scottish prisons going forward.


Artists Guide to Working in Scottish Prisons

Download the Artists' Guide to Working in Scottish Prisons as a PDF document.