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Our Purpose

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Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation) was established in 1999 in order to develop innovative, arts-based approaches to working with prisoners and staff within U.K. prisons. We’ve retained a special emphasis on working in the Midlands where the company is based. The prisons where we’ve worked most extensively are HMPYOI Swinfen Hall, HMP Birmingham and HMP Dovegate, each of which have hosted a number of programmes. This prison-bound work has additionally extended to encompass national issues of prison and criminal justice reform.

Since 2014 our portfolio has diversified to also include work with non-offending populations, especially autistic adults and/or adults with mild learning disabilities who live in the North Staffordshire region.

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Current Projects

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In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight is a site specific promenade performance, with food, about street homelessness, first performed at the B arts building in Stoke-on-Trent in [...]

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Staging Time

Staging Time was a programme of activity delivered throughout 2019 at HMP Stafford. This activity concentrated on the facilitation of three 10-day performing arts [...]

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Ghost Songs of the Conscientious Objectors (2019). Script and score for a ‘secular service’, created at HMP Stafford as part of Staging Time.
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Hard Labour – A New Biomechanic Etude (2019). Pamphlet setting out the physical movements for a new etude based on the motions experienced by Victorian prisoners undergoing hard labour, created at HMP Stafford as part of Staging Time.
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Past Time: Exploring the history of prison food (2018). Documentation of our project at HMP Hewell in Spring and Summer 2018.
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Past Time: An Evaluation by Natalie Quinn-Walker BSc (Hons), MPH, FRSPH, Institute for Community Research and Development, University of Wolverhampton (2018)
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Go to Jail: An evaluation by Dr Geoff Readman (2016)
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