“Join imagine if for a series of training sessions about delivering creative programmes in prison settings & with people who have convictions”
Ever wondered what it’s like to work as an artist in prisons?
Ever had a great idea for a creative project but not known how to make it happen?
Join imagine if theatre for a series of training sessions all about delivering creative programmes in prison settings and with people who have convictions.
The series of 5 online training sessions will take place every fortnight from Thursday 29th April – Thursday 24th June. Each session is focused on a different aspect of creativity in criminal justice settings and you can choose to mix and match sessions or to complete the whole series. See below for information on bursary places.
To book click here: Imagine If Training Tickets | Eventbrite
imagine if theatre was founded in 2015 to instigate real change in people’s lives through theatre. We work predominantly with prisoners and people with convictions who have a range of disadvantages including mental health issues, homelessness, low literacy levels and are from low socio-economic backgrounds. Over the last six years we have delivered a range of theatre tours and specialised arts interventions in 26 prisons across the UK and USA, have engaged with over 4,000 prisoners and we continue to support prisoners when they are released through the arts to help them live a crime free life. imagine if’s work internationally includes working in prisons in America with several companies, including with Tim Robbins and his company ‘The Actor’s Gang’ in Los Angeles.
“In prison, the opportunity came up to be part of a scheme to help rehabilitate prisoners through theatrical expression and spoken word. Everything in prison is bottled up and to have the chance to release your feelings creatively in a safe environment was wonderful. I did do all sorts of courses when I was in prison and they were fine but as soon as you are released you are left a bit to your own devices. That wasn’t the case with imagine if, they followed up and got in touch with my probation officer after I was released. Since I was released imagine if has been a stable presence in my life which has helped me get ready for work again. I can’t rate them enough” Carl, 2017
The training will be overseen by our Artistic Director Chesca and delivered by our Community Director Tamsin, who has worked with imagine if since 2017 to project manage and deliver our theatre interventions, tours and resettlement programmes in prisons and the community. Prior to this Tamsin gained experience in prison theatre work internationally, working in Chilean prisons and youth detention centres in Santiago. Tamsin will be joined by our Assistant Support Worker Mary, alongside a participant of imagine if programmes who will provide a lived experience perspective on each training topic.
CRIME AND CREATIVITY: GUIDING PRINCIPLES Thurs 29th April, 3pm-5pm
Perfect for artists and criminal justice practitioners, this training will introduce you to the principles and theories which guide arts work in the criminal justice system. By the end of the session, you will be able to understand and speak confidently about the value of creativity in criminal justice settings with reference to the key theories which underpin the work.
DEVISING AN ESCAPE: THEATRE MAKING IN PRISONS Thurs 13th May, 3pm-5pm
Perfect for artists of any discipline, this training will give you an insight into the process of designing and delivering theatre and arts projects in prisons. By the end of the session, you will be able to confidently design and start to plan an arts project for a prison setting.
A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE: PRISON TOURS Thurs 27th May, 3pm-5pm
Perfect for artists, touring theatre companies and criminal justice practitioners. This training will provide a detailed look at the process of taking professionally produced theatre into a prison setting. By the end of the session artists and theatre companies will be able to understand the unique challenges of touring theatre to prison settings and the steps that must be taken to plan a successful theatre tour. By the end of the session CJS practitioners will be able to confidently invite a theatre company to perform at their establishment.
CREATIVITY ‘ON THE OUT’ Thurs 10th June, 3pm-5pm
Perfect for artists and criminal justice practitioners, this training will explore the process of making art and theatre with groups of people with convictions in community settings. By the end of the session attendees will be able to confidently design and start to plan an arts project for a community setting, working with people with convictions.
PROVE IT: MEASURING CREATIVITY Thurs 24th June, 3pm-5pm
Perfect for artists, touring theatre companies and criminal justice practitioners, this training will provide you with the knowledge of what success looks like to different stakeholders and the tools to effectively measure the impact of your work in the criminal justice system. By the end of the session, you will be able to confidently design an evaluation plan for an arts project in the criminal justice system.
The online sessions will lead up to a full day ‘practice jam’ in September, where you will have the opportunity to meet and learn from other artists and criminal justice practitioners. People with lived experience of the criminal justice system will help us to practice exercises and provide feedback on our creative approaches. This session is aimed at both arts practitioners to refresh their ‘in-person’ practice and learn about delivering in prison settings, together with criminal justice practitioners who wish to introduce creative methods into their everyday practice. The workshop will have some exercises focussed on networking to strengthen the resilience of the arts in criminal justice sector. The workshop will be held in Leeds.
FULL DAY WORKSHOP: PRISON PRACTICE JAM & NETWORKING Thurs 29th Sep, 10am – 4pm , Leeds, UK
Perfect for artists and criminal justice practitioners, this training will provide you with a space to share existing theatre exercises, adapt the tools you know and love with input from others and learn new techniques for bringing creativity into criminal justice settings. By the end of the session, you will be able to critically analyse the suitability of your practice for a prison setting, introduce new techniques to your practice and build your confidence in creative methods of working with prisoners and people with convictions.
“It gave the men a positive hope for the future which is so important and vital to aid reducing the chance of re-offending. Two of the men are on my caseload and I observed them in a completely different environment and saw how intelligent and proactive they both were. It gave them hope and also a chance to learn more about themselves. Well done to all Imagine if staff and the men. Thoroughly enjoyable and extremely worthwhile. Five stars *****” Bird on the Wing Prison Programme, Claire Collinson: Prison Offender Manager, HMP Moorland, 2019
Online Sessions: £20 per session
Online package for all 5 online sessions: £90 (available until 29th April)
Full day workshop: £110
Full package including the full day workshop: £185 (available until 29th April)
2 free places worth £185 are available for those facing financial hardship or with lived experience of the criminal justice system. To apply for a bursary place, prepare either a
• maximum 3-minute voicenote OR
• maximum 200 words
explaining why you are eligible for the bursary place and how the training programme will benefit you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Monday 26th April to apply.
We’re also teaming up with Bradford Producing Hub to support anyone involved in making live arts and living or working in Bradford District to attend this training programme through their Spare Bob micro-grants scheme. Bradford Producing Hub can fund the cost of you attending all the training sessions, plus cover the costs for your time and any resources you may need to attend. It is easy and simple to apply.