taking time

Our creative arts programme for prison family visits.


Taking Time is our  creative arts project designed for prison Family Visits in several of the region's prisons.

Family Visits are a more relaxed Visits experience for prisoners who have undergone additional security clearance.  There are fewer restrictions for example on the number of children who can visit, and parents can take part in activities with them.  On regular Visits, people are to remain seated. 


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.