Prisoners Education Trust

Creativity in prison: breaking the monotony

Prisoners' Education Trust wants to meet the record demand for arts materials and distance learning courses, and provide advice and guidance to men and women in prison. Arts activities are under threat in prison, and prisoners are spending more time locked in cell. PET provides a creative lifeline.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1084718)

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  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




Budget cuts for the prison service have resulted in fewer staff on the wings, reducing the amount of time prisoners can safely spend out of their cells. Budget cuts have also significantly reduced the staffing and resources available for arts classes within prison education departments. Where prisons used to provide arts materials and class room support from art tutors, this support is being lost, seen as an unnecessary extra, rather than as a vital rehabilitative tool.


PET provides advice and guidance for prisoners who wish to study art, and we fund arts materials, such as oil paints, canvases, modelling kits, felts and papers. We also provide distance learning courses from recognised bodies including the National Extension College (NEC), Open University and the Open College of the Arts (OCA) in subjects such as art history, art techniques, drawing and painting. These courses provide a progression route for individuals as they build confidence and skills.