Odd Arts specialise in programmes for prisons, secure units and other criminal justice settings (also within the community). We have 18 years experience working in prisons.
Many projects are bespoke, designed to meet the needs of specific prisons and other secure settings. Our CEO sits on the committee for the National Arts Alliance for Criminal Justice.
We have delivered our programmes of work across various prisons in the UK and further afield.
“This is really good, really helpful, you are helping us understand more about how we feel, and I am learning to communicate instead of being aggressive and physical.”
“Thank you for changing the way I think.”
“I want to join some kind of drama group when I get out. It's not just performing, but being able to share and talk the way you do, to try things out. I learned more doing it this way than any other course I've ever done.”
“Odd Arts has given me the tools and the knowledge to communicate in a peaceful manner... I believe that these skills will help us in our everyday encounters with people whether its family, social or professional, or even random encounters... Learning these skills could be the difference between encounters ending peacefully or violently. Thank you to Odd Arts team for teaching us to be more aware of our communication skills and how to use them.”
“They now have the confidence to look at the issues in their lives, identify triggers to their behaviour and move forward in a positive manner.”
“The tradition of forum theatre has its roots in political activism. It aims to transform passivity, or misdirected activity, such as explosions of rage, into purposeful action thereby developing the self-awareness, will and agency to transform circumstances.”
Odd Arts deliver a wide range of work to raise awareness of many issues which we feel are most relevant to the partners we are working with. We can tailor and adapt our workshops to fit the needs and requirements of the participants. Please click on one of the links below to find out more about the work we do in other sectors.
Become A Participant
You can self-refer to some of our ongoing community projects and sessions.
We deliver FREE workshops at our base in Moss Side Powerhouse. We welcome and support young carers, and participants with additional needs.