Scottish Prison Arts Network (SPAN)


SPAN’s mission is to evolve a visible community for artist–led activity in Scotland, owning a shared understanding of what quality practice is in this sector presenting an informed and galvanized creative sector presence in the field of criminal justice.

SPAN Believes:

  • That artists offer a vital opportunity to support learning, well being and self–expression to Scotland’s offenders.
  • That a connected arts community can strengthen the quality and impact of the artist placed in a criminal justice context.

SPAN Aims:

  • To create an evolving network of artists and organisations working together to deliver arts provision in Scottish Prisons and to provide opportunities for these artists and organisations to develop further.
  • To promote cultural activity in prisons and advocate the link between art and learning across Prisons in Scotland.
  • To disseminate best practice happening in Scotland in an international forum and inform next practice in the field.
  • To provide opportunities for professional development across the sector.
  • To serve as a central and unique information hub signposting individuals and families affected by the criminal justice system to creative projects and relevant opportunities happening across the country through online resources.


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