Friday, June 19, 2015 in Theatre Artemis, Den Bosch

The Dutch Team of the Partners in Crime Prevention Learning Partnership (EU Erasmus Programme, Grundtvig), has the honor to invite you for a day about artists working with prisoners; the why, the how and the value of art, ending in the opening of the exhibition ‘The 7 Capital Sins’. Artworks by prisoners from 6 countries inspired by the painting of Jeroen Bosch in the Jeroen Bosch House.

During the past two-and-a half years, 7 organisations of artists working with prisoner, from 6 countries met, exchanged and learned from each other, from the policies of the prisons they visited, the prisoners and the excellent speakers that addressed them during the meetings.

Just as important; some key questions kept recurring in the discussions:

– What is necessary to effectuate a turning point in someone’s life

– The Value of Art

– Why you want Art for prisoners and how do you make that possible

– How do we show this value to the world?

– Where to find funding for prison art projects now that it doesn’t come from inside anymore?

During this seminar we will address these issues, with the help of outstanding key-note speakers and we hope, with your input.

You will have the chance to meet artists working with prisoners and other under-privileged people from Portugal (PELE http://www.apele.org), Greece (2nd Avlona Gymnasium & Lyceum Classes in the Avlona Prison for Young Offenders), Ireland (Irish Prison Service), Northern Ireland, UK (Educational Shakespeare Companywww.esc-film.com ), Poland (Plockie Centrum Edukacyjne) and the three partners in the Netherlands: Young in Prison (www.younginprison.nl ), Changes&Chances (www.changeschances.com ) and art teachers of Vught Prison, the last three forming the organization team of this seminar.

We are proud to present you speakers, such as:

Fiona Curran, Director of Arts of the Koestler Trust

The Koestler Trust is the UK’s best-known prison arts charity. The Trust works across the UK with hundreds of prisons and secure hospitals, immigration centres, secure children’s homes and probation offices, encouraging people to get involved in the arts, share their work and learn through achievements. The annual Koestler Awards receive over 7,000 entries a year, across visual arts and crafts, performance, design and writing. The Trust also aims to help change perceptions of ex-offenders by letting the public see the diversity and quality of the work through exhibitions, events and publications.

Thijs Lijster , co-author of the study ‘The Value of Culture’, researcher/coordinator at the

Research Centre Arts in Society at Groningen University

The research ‘The Value of Culture, is a research into the measurable and the immeasurable. It has been summarised into an ‘Immodest and mean booklet’. Immodest is the sense that you can read about:

-Why culture gives meaning to human existence

-Why culture is the fundament of a society

-Why culture is therefore an extremely useful and fundamental policy domain

Esther Overweter and Jan Molmans are Chair of the Board of Forensic Treatment Centre Teylingereind (Youth Detention) and Director of Exodus, a foundation for Rehabilitation. In a time of ever decreasing state funding for educational programmes for these institutions, they chose to keep artistic programmes available for the people in their charge. Why and how do they do that?

We are looking forward to sharing this day with you

The Partners in Crime Prevention Team NL

Registration Fee € 17,50, students € 10,-, both including lunch. Students can also pay by helping at the registration desk, doing bar service, etc. You can register on: welmoedyip@gmail.com , leaving your name, the name of your organisation, and your e-mail address.

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