Writers And Scholars Educational Trust

Tripwires Project

Open dialogue is the key to a healthy cohesive society, but some fear the disruptive, dangerous potential of truly free speech. TRIPWIRES uses the arts to create an open space where young people can explore and express their own lines on freedom of expression, self-censorship and offence.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




One person’s passionately held belief is another person’s offence, yet to close speech down in the name of protecting sensibilities, denies the right to freedom of expression. Where do you draw the line? The debate about this universal right is mostly carried on by a middle-aged, middle class elite; young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, often on the front line of ideological clashes, do not in the main contribute their voice or experience.


TRIPWIRES delivered by Project Phakama UK and Index on Censorship, will train 25 youth in leadership skills using the arts to explore ‘the line’, where we draw it, what we do when someone crosses our line. Following outreach with peer groups, they will create a multi-art form Performed Magazine presenting a wide range of expression on the issue. Content from this will inform new resources for formal and informal education with support from Phakama's partner Queen Mary, University of London.