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.
Our earliest work was delivered exclusively at HMPYOI Swinfen Hall where, in collaboration with prison staff, we developed a range of drama-based workshops that complemented and enhanced the existing regime.
Our work here was recognised in 2005 by a Certificate Award from The Butler Trust for “outstanding contribution to the lives of prisoners”.
Following the success of work at Swinfen, we began developing projects for other prisons in the region, especially at HMP Dovegate, HMYOI Brinsford, HMP Birmingham, and HMPYOI Drake Hall. More recent work has focused on delivery at HMP Hewell and HMP Stafford.
Over time, our prison-bound work has extended beyond the walls to encompass issues of national concern through production of work that engages the general public in debate and discussion about the form and function of our criminal justice system.
Further to the imposition of austerity measures in the prison system beginning in 2010, it became necessary for the company to diversify its work. Beginning in 2014, we started adapting some of our prison-based workshops for use with non-offending populations.