A Feeling We All Share: Koestler Arts East of England Exhibition (1 -31 August)

Re:Lease: a showcase of arts in criminal justice (Saturday 24 August)

Snape Maltings has one of the longest continuous partnerships with its local prison of any arts organisation in the UK, and 2019 marks 20 years of collaboration with HMP Warren Hill. Throughout August, Snape Maltings invites audiences at its hugely popular concert series, the Snape Proms (1 – 31 Aug), to find out more about the organisation’s work helping offenders at the prison find positive ways forward to prevent further reoffending, and also shining a light on other national organisations bringing arts into criminal justice settings.

The purpose of the Snape Maltings’ partnership is to equip offenders at HMP Warren Hill with practical and social skills through the use of music and creative experiences, encouraging people to express emotions, gain confidence and build new relationships. This helps to turn offenders lives around and prevent future reoffending.

Phillipa Reive, Creative Campus Director at Snape Maltings, commented, ‘Snape Maltings works in HMP Warren Hill for one afternoon per week all year round, helping the offenders to develop their own work. We focus on a different aspect of song writing: writing lyrics, melodies, harmonies, rhythms and performance techniques. Together, the team and offenders prepare for a series of performances which take place during July and December, preceded by a week-long intensive rehearsal period. We are delighted to present A Feeling We All Share during the Snape Proms and Re:Lease on 24 August at Snape Maltings with our national partners Koestler Arts, The Irene Taylor Trust, Clean Break and Fine Cell Work offering the opportunity to gain insight into the different approaches used to engage those within the criminal justice system.’

Koestler Arts East of England Exhibition: A Feeling We All Share: 1 – 31 August | Concert Hall Gallery, Concert Hall Foyer & Dovecote Studio, Snape Maltings

A Feeling We All Share presents visual art and writing from criminal justice settings across the East of England, all responding to three songs created by men at HMP Warren Hill as part of Snape Maltings’ programme. Visitors can wander across the site, listening to the songs and taking in paintings, needlework, sculpture, poetry and more, all created by people in East of England prisons, secure hospitals, young offender institutions or on probation. For more information, see www.koestlerarts.org.uk/exhibitions/a-feeling-we-all-share.

RE:LEASE: A Showcase of Arts in Criminal Justice Settings: Saturday 24 August

Snape Maltings hosts a day of talks, workshops and performances in partnership with national partners. Clean Break Theatre Company (www.cleanbreak.org.uk) presents Sweatbox, a 15-minute theatre piece inviting audiences to enter the back of a prison van at Snape Maltings in which three women give accounts of experiences within criminal justice settings. Performances take place at 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm.

The day culminates in the Re:Lease Performance at 2.30pm in the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings. Re:Lease showcases the music created in prisons and other criminal justice settings by Snape Maltings and the Irene Taylor Trust irenetaylortrust.com and celebrates music’s ability to act as a tool for engagement and social development. Performers from the Irene Taylor Trust’s most recent Music in Prisons project will perform some of the songs they wrote during the week, while as part of the Trust’s Sounding Out Programme, which bridges life inside and outside prison, performers from the band Multiplay will also be performing their original music.

These events are preceded by the Irene Taylor Trust’s Song writing Workshop (10.30am, Jerwood Kiln Studio, Snape Maltings), giving you the chance as a complete newcomer to song writing to work in a group to create a new song from scratch. Also in the morning, the organisation Fine Cell Work (finecellwork.co.uk) will be displaying the results of its work in prisons and sharing its experience of the rehabilitative power of needlework and stitching.

Throughout the day, HMP Warren Hill will be offering the opportunity to purchase unique pieces created from textiles and artwork to larger items from the woodwork and metal workshops at HMP Warren Hill. Skills learnt in these workshops form part of HMP Warren Hill’s Enabling Environment, giving offenders the opportunity to learn skills which will help turn their lives around.


Tickets are free but booking is required.


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