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Creative Workshops from Home

Creative Workshops from Home


Get involved with our upcoming 'Ingenuity' project

The National Justice Museum has launched a brand new creative workshop which is available from home. Based on the notion of ‘Ingenuity’, these workshops are available to all, but we would particularly encourage families or individuals who have been affected by prison to take part. Michelle, our Senior Creative Practitioner, has more about the project below:

“Hi everyone, my name is Michelle. I was recently recruited in a 3 year funded post at The National Justice Museum as Senior Creative Engagement Practitioner. The project I’m working on is called ‘Ingenuity’, which allows me to explore our historic collection of beautiful objects crafted by people in prison. Some of these objects will have been made in prison workshops, and some will have been made illicitly with crude materials and items to hand; for example, there are several beautifully made little soap carvings that the maker would probably have whittled away at late at night, using just their government issue soap ration, a finger nail and some imagination to carve it with. The human ingenuity of the maker in creating these unique objects is what we want to capture by working with you, the public, to form a contemporary response to these fascinating objects.

soap carving made in prison

In my role, I work with people both in prison and affected by prison, but due to the current climate we all find ourselves in, running practical workshops is quite difficult. So, I’m finding ingenious ways to stay creatively connected with you! I’m looking for small groups of people or individuals that have either been in prison, or families that have been affected by having a loved one incarcerated. Would you like to receive a creative pack, containing the necessary items and instructions to enable you to make your own carved soap portrait? Then simply request a pack by emailing michelle.hubbard@nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk



The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund is run by the Museums Association, funding projects that develop collections to achieve social impact. Since its launch in 2011, it has awarded 101 projects with grants totaling nearly £8.4 in 16 funding rounds. Between 2017 and 2019 it is offering a total of £3.5m in grants to Museums Association members, as well as providing events and resources for the whole sector. www.museumsassociation.org/collections


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