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TiPP work from the belief that the arts have the power to transform people's lives. We develop and implement participatory arts projects and undertake training for artists and for professionals working in the Criminal Justice System.

TiPP was established in the early 1990s at a time when a small group of theatre practitioners thought it might be a good idea to take theatre into prisons and ended up being instrumental in the founding the field of applied theatre in criminal justice.  We no longer limit ourselves to just criminal justice settings and we take a broader, combined arts approach, which is why we prefer to go by the acronym TiPP.   All of our participants are people facing significant challenges and many are marginalised or stigmatised because of their personal histories and circumstances.  We believe that engagement in creative arts activities can that help people build upon their existing strengths and capacities in a meaningful and positive way, changing how they think about themselves and how the wider world thinks about them. 

Some projects last a day, others run over several months. Participants are centre stage – their interests and ideas are the bedrock on which our process is built. In developing work they will be the writers, composers and performers; as audience members they are interact and engage in direct conversation with the actors, placing them in the role of co-creators. 

We are the only arts organisation to achieve Artsmark: Youth Justice status in recognition of our commitment to high quality arts and cultural education in youth justice settings. 

We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and receive funding from Youth Music, Children in Need, The National Lottery and a whole host of smaller charitable trusts and foundations.

In any given year we undertake scores of projects – here are three of our most recent:
  • Early years story, song and rhyme sessions with women and their babies in HMP Styal’s mother and baby unit;
  • Summer Arts Colleges with youth offending services targeting young people at high risk of reoffending;
  • A creative arts project with adults on the personality disorder offender pathway.

Charity No: 1052295

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