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Prisoners Sharing the Light

In April 2020, we launched the pilot project Prisoners Sharing the Light, working with up to 50 vulnerable male prisoners at Dartmoor prison in South Devon, UK. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and HMP Dartmoor, the project addresses the immediate need of prisoners adapting to contact restrictions, solitarily locked up in cells for the majority of the day. Prisoners Sharing the Light provides creative outlet and time-passing activities under lockdown, thus reducing increased issues of isolation and anxiety amongst male prisoners. Go to the Archive for more details and our Instagram for weekly creative outputs from the prisoners.

Let’s Create 13+

In summer 2020, a handful of organisations in the Imagine this … partnership in Torbay,  including Arts Lab, came together to co-create and deliver creative engagement activities for 140 young people aged between 13 and 19. Key aims are to:

  • Involve young people – putting them in the lead
  • Improve wellbeing and resilience for young people
  • Increase activities leading to raised aspirations for young people
  • Increase opportunities for learning and employment for young people

Wellbeing Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, a group of adults – either carers for those with mental health problems or dealing with their own individual challenges (currently 5, following Government guidelines) – benefit from weekly art classes on a kitchen table in their local community. Working with Arts Lab’s Sara Downham-Lotto over coffee, art materials and chatter, the growth in personal and creative confidence and ability is remarkable. Popular for locals, is the group’s annual exhibition in the village community centre. This simple model is one that we encourage our young artists to take into their own communities wherever they are.

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