Cred-Ability Developing accredited training programmes for delivering arts in prisons


Developing accredited training programmes for delivering arts in prisons

by Hannah Hull

On 4th July 2013 ICCE hosted a development event for this research-led project. Arts practitioners were invited to test module exercises and offer critical feedback to the current structure of the course. ICCE provided the perfect environment and context for this project, which shares ICCE’s aims of embedding itself into a social context in a functional but highly innovative way. I am developing a Critical Thinking module for this programme, a core module that underpins the project and provides knowledge transfer from ICCE to our European partners.

The CredAbility project is a European collaboration to develop training for artists that want to work in prisons. Five key organisations from Ireland, England, Lithuania, Latvia and Germany are contributing both their specialist knowledge and their cultural situation to the project, enabling the development of a comprehensive course that addresses the strengths and weaknesses of prison arts across Europe.

From the basic needs of obtaining funding and developing demand, through to critical thinking and innovation theory, the final course aims to treat theory and practice with equal weight. By embracing both the traditional and radical potential of this type of activity, the course will not only offer practical skills to learners, but also challenge their preconceptions about purpose of prisons, the notion of crime, and of prisoners themselves.

This ‘total’ approach means the course will benefit existing prison arts practitioners as well as new recruits, offering a space in which to redefine and challenge their own – and society’s – approach to prison arts.

 The often abstract and unconventional content, the scale of the collaboration, the diversity of languages (both academic and geographic) and the attempt to push the boundaries of its own context has made the development of a legitimate course structure a complex challenge for The College of Teachers. The ultimate aim, however, is to produce a learning offer and experience that is as appealing and clear to navigate for potential candidates, and organisations who want to offer the course to their catchment.




Further information:

Think Critical by Hannah Hull

An article for ArtsProfessional

“Working in prisons and other challenging environments is, well, challenging. Hannah Hull argues for the importance of thinking critically about what you are doing and why.”  


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Past is Prologue: Creating Art from a Living Archive

Past is Prologue: Creating Art from a Living Archive

 On 18 September 2013 ICCE, in partnership with engage and the London International Festival of Theatre, will host Past is Prologue, a public seminar exploring the ways in which artists re-animate archived materials, including the LIFT archives and engage’s collection of gallery education materials, which are housed at Goldsmiths’ library.

 Over a day of dialogues and presentations, key artists and practitioners representing a diverse range of art forms will share how they have used letters, faxes, objects from past shows and events, and other ephemera to inspire them to create new artistic works, ranging from live art to dance, installations, film and music.

 Presenters include artists Tim Etchells, Siobhan Davies, Barby Asante and Sue Mayo, Sarah Whatley (Director of Centre for Dance Research – C-DaRE), archivist Nayia Tiakoumaki (Whitechapel Gallery) and artist and researcher Eileen Hogan. The day will be chaired by Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery Maria Balshaw.

 Tickets for the event can be booked at:  

Registration is £95, with a 20% discount for early bird tickets booked by 1 August. Price includes tea & coffee at breaks and lunch.

 There are 10 bursaries available to cover ticket costs for individuals who would not be able to attend the conference otherwise. For more information on bursaries and how to apply email

Goldsmiths Social Entrepreneurship Society

Goldsmiths Social Entrepreneurship Society
Goldsmiths Social Entrepreneurship Society (GSES) was founded by a group of postgraduate students from the MA Social Entrepreneurship cohort of 2012-13.

Building on previous experience, the team set up GSES to further explore interesting questions and tensions within the field of social entrepreneurship. GSES aims to create a new platform for thought-provoking debate that embraces social entrepreneurs, academia and enthusiasts alike.

Founding members of GSES include Nonie M C White, with 10 years of experience as a Producer/Director of documentary films about social issues; Rabih Yazbeck, with 12 years experience in International Development in the Middle East and Africa; John Stephens, with a background in education leadership and management; Philipp Kenel, with experience of European politics and CSR and Mariana Guimarães, with experience of applied anthropology to human rights and conflict issues.

GSES 2013 inaugural debate 

‘Social Entrepreneurship: The Future’

Postgraduate students from the Goldsmiths 2012-13 MA Social Entrepreneurship cohort have set up Goldsmiths Social Entrepreneurship Society (GSES), a platform for thought-provoking discussions about social entrepreneurship today. The GSES inaugural panel debate will take place on July 24th 2013 at 6.15pm at Goldsmiths at NAB LGO2

Panellists include

  • Liam Black, Co-Founder at Wavelength Companies Ltd & former CEO of Fifteen
  • Dominic Campbell, Founder and Director at FutureGov 
  • Nigel Kershaw OBE, Chief Executive at Big Issue Invest and Group Chairman of The Big Issue Company
  • Servane Mouazan, CEO and Founder of Ogunte  
  • Sally Reynolds OBE, Social Enterprise Adviser; Co-Founder & Former CEO of Social Firms UK
  • Tom Rippin, Founder and CEO at On Purpose
  • Soushiant Zanganehpour, Manager, Strategy & Operations at Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Chair: Tim West, Editor, Pioneers Post; Director, Matter & Co.

The event will be followed by complimentary drinks and an opportunity for informal discussion and networking. Further information is available at our website and tickets can be reserved at

The event is open to all; please join us.

Recent International Work


Melting Pro – Rome – May 2013-06-26

In May this year, Adrian De La Court from ICCE was invited to Rome by Melting Pro, an Italian Cultural project management organisation and laboratory of cultural and creative initiatives.  Adrian was invited to deliver a workshop day to a group of 20 Italian Artists and Cultural & Creative Industries Managers at ‘The Hub – Roma’

SYNAPSE is a series of workshops developed through ICCE that are aimed at developing entrepreneurial thinking, techniques and approaches to the creative process and equips participants with critical and creative tools to use in their practice.

With excellent feedback from the participants, ICCE is very grateful to Melting Pro for organising and financing the project, and look forward to a follow up session in the summer of 2014.

 Universidad ICESI – Columbia – June 2013-06-26

 In June of this year ICCE was pleased to welcome a 2 day visit from ICESIUniversity, Columbia.

 Luis Miguel Venagas, Director of The Cultural Industries Centre at ICESI was accompanied by 3 colleagues who met with ICCE Director Gerald Lidstone and Deputy Director Sian Prime, having a detailed introduction to the activities and range of courses at ICCE.  Following this the Columbia representatives had an opportunity to take part in a practical introduction to some of the content and teaching methodology from the MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship programme, having a chance to experience ‘Asset Mapping’

 Luis commented that it had been an

 “eye and mind opening experience …. This visit has enlightened us in various dimensions of research, formation activities and ways to support creative and cultural entrepreneurs. I really appreciate your time to arrange the visit to ContainerCity [Trinity Buoy] and the workshop with your team”

 This exchange has established a new link between Goldsmith, ICCE and Universidad ICESI, with a view to developing a number of joint projects and an exchange of academic research and practical projects for 2014.

 Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship – May & June 2013-06-26

 Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship, brought their 2013 Teaching Corp to ICCE at Goldsmiths in May of 2013.

 The Teaching Corps if a training initiative delivered by Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship, where Higher Education Lecturers and programme leaders are able to engage in a part time, 6 month programme to encourage and support the implementation of entrepreneurial methodology and teaching into their curriculum.  This was the Teaching Corps second annual visit to ICCE, and part of their visit included a taster session from the SYNAPSE programme, delivered by Adrian De La Court.

 As a follow up to this taster session, Adrian was invited over to Copenhagen to run a two day workshop with the courses participants as part of the 2 day conclusion of the project.

 The initiative was supported by European project funding and June 2013 was the end of the 4 year programme.  Now with strengthened connections and a sharing of methodologies ICCE and CSE are planning a future collaborative research and practice project, to expand the delivery of entrepreneurial development through the next Teaching Corp project.

 CREA.M Helsinki – June

 The third stage review meeting of the CREA.M Project team was held in Helsinki, Finland on the 18th & 19th June.  ICCE staff members Dr Carla Figueira and Adrian De La Court attended the meeting which explored the latest developments of the 7 nation mentoring project for Managers in Cultural and Creative Industries.

 The project is a collaboration between 8 institutions from 7 European Countries.  Membership includes ICCE, Goldsmiths, University of London, Instituto Luigi Sterzo Rome, Roma Tre University Rome,  Denizli Special ProvinceTurkey, RPIC – ViP Consulting Czech Republic, Finnish Museums association Finland, University of DeustoSpain, and ENCAT Belgium.

 The project, in its third stage has been developed by the partner contributors, to create a mentoring programme, to support and encourage employment or career development in the cultural and creative sector.

 The international project has seen the training of a group of Mentors and  selection of 3 Mentees from each participating country for the start of the programme in March, and the delivery of the mentoring process from April onwards.

 The CREA.M project continues until November, when final outcomes and a review of the success of the project will be presented at the annual ENCATC conference in Brussels

 For further information on the CREA.M project

 On July 11 ICCE will meet with delegates from Novosibirsk Region of Russia who wish to develop educational programmes to train specialists in Arts Management and in the Creative Economy.