Creative Roots for Wellbeing Through Art
Authors(s), Creator(s) and Contributors: Mark Jones
Publication Date: 05/09/2023
Funder(s): Arts Council Wales
blog post by Mark Jones
Blog post on the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance website by Mark Jones, Director at Higher Plain and Visiting Professor of Criminology at University South Wales. Project artists include Marion Cheung, Marega Palser, Bill Chambers, Jo Haycock and Dee Rogers. Creative Roots was delivered through a multi-skilled arts team under the performance, live art and dance organisation Mr & Mrs Clark. The Creative Roots project aimed to provide a safe space for residents of Parc Prison to take time out of their daily routine to engage in a range of activities on the prison wing. Creative Roots offered an introduction to yoga style mindfulness exercises and different ways of creating art. Residents also had the opportunity to take part in sessions focussed on arts practices such as printmaking, fine art and painting, and photo journalism. Everyone who took part displayed their artwork in an exhibition inside and outside the prison in May 2023. The research used the CHIME recovery model for mental health to understand the impact.
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