Arts, Business & the Community 2017
Sponsored by Wales & West Utilities
Winner: HMP / YOI Parc
HMP / YOI Parc & William Thomas
Image by Glenn Edwards
Three arts partnerships left the judges in no doubt that Parc Prison’s use of the arts to benefit its community is exemplary. Theatre company FIO delivered workshops for prisoners from mainly BAME backgrounds, promoting inclusion and helping to avoid isolation and potential radicalisation. During Black History Month, FIO also performed a play based on the final days of Martin Luther King Jr.
A long standing partnership with Literature Wales, linked to the Hay Festival, encourages literacy and creative expression as part of the prison’s commitment to reduce re-offending by supporting participants to find their true potential. In 2016, Literature Wales worked with prisoners to create picture books with their families as part of the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations.
Establishing a better experience for families visiting Parc drove the partnership with Valley and Vale Community Arts, who ran visual arts workshops for children during prison visits. The designs resulted in large mosaics in the Visits Hall, creating a more welcoming environment and helping to de-stigmatise prison visits.
Holyhead Boatyard has sponsored Ucheldre since the Arts Centre opened in 1991. The level of financial support has grown significantly in the last 25 years and has been vital to Ucheldre’s ability to stage a full range of arts events and engage with local people. In the last year, the sponsorship has subsidised Saturday Art Clubs for young people on Anglesey and enabled children from an economically depressed area to actively participate in activities.
Three choirs and two dance groups consisting of over 100 disadvantaged participants benefitted from ScottishPower Foundation’s sponsorship of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. They performed a new work, building their confidence and developing skills in working together, planning and organisation, as well as in music and dance. Feedback from the performers, who were aged between 3 and 80 years old, and their families was so positive that the sponsorship continues in 2017.