When it comes to prison art education, theory and practice in European countries are at different levels of progress. Specially tailored training concepts do not exist. At the best, prison inmates are given the opportunity to follow basic art classes on a frequent base.

In most prisons additional training offers are considered to be useful, e.g. to support resocialisation. In the past hardly any attention was paid to learning possibilities through the arts, which could open up new resources and perspectives. The project Partners in Crime Prevention sets off from experiences made by prison teachers and artist working with disabled groups. We will plan, execute, accompany and evaluate new possibilities of learning through the arts in prisons.

The project consist of expert meetings, exchanges of best practices of the partners and workshops involving one of the partners as guest teacher in another partner county. These exchange workshops take place before the partner meetings.

Through expert meetings with scientists, art educators and professionals within the field of education and rehabilitation we will formulate new strategies for art education.

A manual designed for the schooling of staff and art teachers will be one of the outcomes of the continuous documentation. Via this instrument, practice proven learning modules accompanied by help and support for planning, didactic comments, and tips for practice will be made accessible online.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authorand the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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