taking time

Our family focused creative arts programme for 2019/20.


Taking Time is our 2019/20 Arts Council Lottery Grant funded programme. Our team of participatory artists work with adult men and women in six NW prisons to co-create work that forms a creative arts backdrop to events wherever and whenever prisoners engage with their families.  This sees us working with men and women in prison to co-create theatre, visual art, music, and writing that is presented in visit centres, and at special events such as family visits, awards ceremonies and course graduations.

Taking Time is underpinned by TiPP’s much lauded talent development programme, which provides training and development opportunities for emerging artists and allows them to gain practical arts facilitation experience alongside TiPP’s highly experienced team of participatory artists.

Over the year of the project we will share images of work from the project, so please come back regularly.


Taking Time provides a range of opportunities for artists wanting to develop as participatory practitioners. If you are interested in getting involved, or finding out more, please contact us.

In the panel on the right you can see an example of some of our work from HMP Thorn Cross Family Visits project, part of the Taking Time programme. On Family Visits, our Taking Time practitioners deliver visual arts and music activity, working to seasonal themes. The images you can see to the right are 'visual minutes' of sessions in HMP Thorn Cross.  Drawn by another of our amazing visual artists,  Andrea Joseph, show sessions at Hallowe'en where the families made bats and spiders, and from Christmas when they made angels, Santa plates, and took part in a group rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas accompanied by our musicians.  

The images form part of a banner which is on permanent display in the visits centre at HMP Thorn Cross.

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