Baltic Centre for Contempory Art, 15th November 2013

Alison Redshaw, Founder and Director of Dilly Arts was approached by Charlotte Bilby, Senior Lecturer in Criminology (Faculty Director of Research Ethics, Northumbria University) in June 2013 and asked to present a key note speech at the Exhibiting Enrichment Conference at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on  15th November 2013. Alison invited Sheree Mack from Dilly Arts’ Board of Directors to join her.

Alison presented a number of projects she has devised, managed and delivered over the last 8 years across North East prisons, including projects that have won platinum at the Koestler Awards.

Sheree talked about her experiences of working in prisons, the challenges and negotiations required from an artist working in this challenging but hugely rewarding environment.

Dilly Arts was proud to be involved in this conference which was aimed at both the criminal justice and arts sectors. A copy of the programme follows:

Alison Redshaw Keynote


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Exhibiting enrichment at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Friday 15th November 2013 -10:30 to 17:00

The Arts Alliance is supporting a series of talks on arts, creativity and spirituality in criminal justice systems. There will be four sessions and each will look at a different element of carrying out creative work in prisons and community criminal justice settings. This session will consider ‘Exhibiting’ enrichment’.

Celebrating achievements is important for improvement in self-esteem (Anderson et al, 2011), and for many types of offenders low levels of self-esteem are indicative of the likelihood of reoffending. If we accept that taking part in an arts-based activity may have a positive impact on the well-being of offenders, then we also need to consider how feedback about an art exhibition is given to the artists. This seminar will consider how offenders’ work is exhibited, performed, published and publicised. It will showcase successful strategies used by organisations in publicising work to the wider public. The impact of feedback on incarcerated artists and performers will be widely debated and the link between media attention and changes in policy making will be discussed.

Conference Programme