The last few months, since the Radzinowicz Exhibition have been a riot of activity. Particularly in June when we welcomed Dr Shira Diamond, an Art Therapist form South Africa via Israel who came to conduct interviews with a cross section of participants from the two years the programme has run since starting in 2017.
Interviews were conducted with College & Prison based participants. Staff in both institutions and a number of the Artists involved, the former Governor on location at his current post and the new Governor Becky Hayward to discuss the future of the project and it’s possible role in Springhill moving forwards. The interviews took place in the College, Prisons, a train station and with some Artists, on location at their exhibitions in beautiful settings such as the Wildlife Trust’ College Lake Nature Reserve and Green Dragon Eco Farm; lots of beautiful art and walks in nature to be had!
The interviews, now conducted will be transcribed and studied by Shira for a PostDoctoral research paper with the excellent support of Dr Caroline Lanskey, a Senior Lecturer At the Institute Of Criminology who works closely with National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA).
Were looking forward to learning about some of the insights made through the interviews, hopefully a sound bite or two will be ready for the Festival of Ideas, Arts in Prisons series of activities, Saturday 19th October 2019.
In the meantime, preparations for the next run of DrawingConnections in Springhill mid September this year are underway; the Artists now confirmed, include three men with experience of the Criminal Justice System this year, who thanks to Koestler Arts and NCJAA are practicing their creativity upon release.
Pop up exhibitions are now set in Springhill and the college to engage students for the next run and August 30th an exhibition event will take place welcoming former participants to share their experiences with interested people and potential DC students.
Lots going on, which we hope you understand, is why the updates are less frequent!
Watch this space…
…and just to close, a few photos from our trip to London to see the Summer Exhibition and a brief visit to the garden at Berkeley Square!