LEARNING TO LEARN THROUGH THE ARTS

From 2002-06 Angela was the Arts Coordinator to the Koestler Trust: art by offenders and founder of the innovative Learning to Learn through the Arts Scheme. On leaving, the scheme was taken over by The Anne Peaker Centre where it became Free Flow Arts.

MISSION

Learning to Learn is a visual arts scheme operating in prisons and young offender institutions designed to open pathways into education and employment. Prisoners participate in 4-6 week intensive art projects involving stimulating and meaningful activities through which they can acquire positive experiences and skills that will improve their employability upon release. Projects range from painting and mosaic to stone carving and animation.

Apart from learning a specific artistic technique participants also develop soft skills essential to their process of desistence.

The art facilitators work closely with the prison Education department and Key and Basic Skills accreditations. The combination of the creative approach to learning and the more traditional classroom setting means that people of all different learning styles – visual, auditory or kinesthetic – can benefit enormously.

AIMS
  • to run imaginative, certified visual art courses in a wide variety of media to inspire people in prisons and Young Offender Institutions to want to learn
  • to address some of the barriers to education – low self-esteem, destructive emotions and fear of failure
  • to provide a positive learning experience that acts as a stepping stone into further learning, an educational qualification or employment
  • to address some of the behavioural attitudes specific to offending behaviour – over-stepping boundaries, wanting instant gratification, emotional illiteracy
COSTS

An arts project can be a very cost-effective way of achieving good results

A project for 10 prisoners using 2 artists for 4-6 weeks can cost £4000 – £5000

That is just £450 per prisoner of the £38,000 spent per year on keeping an adult male in prison

EVIDENCE & STATISTICS
  • In recent research “Unlocking the Value” (New Philanthropy Capital, 2011) it was found that arts projects can halve the expected rate of re-offending
  • 100% of participants in the Learning to Learn projects said they had learnt something valuable.
  • 30% gained an accreditation in a Key or Basic Skill
  • Many went on to do a Key or Basic skill in another subject
To discuss your requirements, fees and availability please contact Angela
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