Publications

Here you will find an array of Publications from the Scottish Prison Arts Network and its members. Many of the publications are available as PDF download, while others either contain full-text or links to external sites.

SPAN Annual Accounts 2017-18 19122018

SPAN Annual Accounts 2016-2017

Please find our Annual Accounts 2016-2017 here.

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SPAN Annual Accounts 2015-16

Please find a copy of the Scottish Prison Arts Network the year ending 31 March 2016.  

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SPAN’s Diversity and Equalities Policy

SPAN is working with a Diversity and Equalities Policy.  We aim to support and advocate for artists on the basis of equality.    

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Arts provision in the Criminal Justice system

Creative Scotland’s Arts & Criminal Justice programme • A three-year programme funded to deliver arts activities within Scotland’s criminal justice system • Two strands: – In-prison:5projects – Communitystrand:6projects • Delivered by the two colleges running SPS’s learning centres, together with arts organisations • Includes drama projects, storytelling, painting, arts magazine Aims of the project • […]

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Artists Guide to Working in Scottish Prisons

Over the past three years developments in our work through the ‘Artworks’ programme and the establishment of the Scottish Prison Artists Network (SPAN) have led to questions over the needs of the artist in relation to work in prisons. This publication attempts to offer some pointers and guidance for artists and provides an introduction to the Scottish penal […]

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Evaluation of Theatre Nemo Pilot at HMP Addiewell

This type of project has never been undertaken before and therefore the evaluation has the potential to bring new learning and establish good practice for working with families and widening the scope of throughcare interventions. The Evaluation has involved interviewing all participants and analysing prison officer observations of those taking part both before and after […]

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SPAN Accounts 2013-14

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Commission on Women Offenders

The Commission was established by the Scottish Government in June 2011 to look at ways to improve outcomes for women in the criminal justice system. The Commission, which was chaired by The Right Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC, operated independently of the Scottish Government. It held its first meeting on 24 August 2011 and […]

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Creating Change

Final report Inspiring Change april 2011(1)In this publication we have gathered together a few examples of recent projects which have had a significant impact in Scotland and some persuasive facts and figures from programmes further afield.  The case studies show that the arts matter in prisons.  They cannot singlehandedly prevent reoffending but they do contribute […]

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Theatre NEMO Project Report 2008 – 2009

Theatre NEMO works to promote mental health and wellbeing through the creative arts by engaging and supporting vulnerable individuals within the community, psychiatric hospitals and prison.

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Evaluation of Artlink Central in HMP & YOI Cornton Vale

Artlink Central is a registered charity founded in 1988 in the belief that involvement in the arts is life-enhancing and should be available to all.  It enables a wide range of marginalised and special needs groups to work with experienced professional artists on high quality art projects in the Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire areas of […]

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Inspiring Change: Final Report

Inspiring Change was a co-ordinated programme of arts interventions that ran in 5 Scottish pilot prisons (Barlinnie, Greenock, Polmont, Shotts and the Open Estate) throughout 20101. The programme involved a wide-ranging partnership between its principal sponsors Creative Scotland, its coordinators Motherwell College and Learning Centre staff located in prison establishments, the Scottish Prison Service, and […]

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Tightrope

A Performance Project in HMP Perth; An Exploration of the Use of Devising and Autobiography in a Prison Theatre Context

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