This Month We Are...
Stretch Digital in the Art Room
Story Telling at Initiatives of Change
Banning Books
Working with Penrose Charity
Current Project
After the success of the Stretch Story Box project and in direct response to an emerging need from the offending community we are luanching a new programme for the next 3 years with the aim of closing the 'digital divide' between prisoners and the rest of the community.
Digital story telling has been a real success and a really creative way to hear the true voice of the offending community. 
Nick Hardwick, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, in the report Through the Gateway writes:

“We can’t go on with prisons in a pre-internet dark age: inefficient, wasteful and leaving prisoners woefully unprepared for the real world they will face on release. I have not met one prison professional who does not think drastic change is needed.”
From The Archives
Photographic Workshops Askham Grange
The project involved a group of women prisoners at Askham Grange open prison. Our brief was to run workshops in the prison as well as visit exhibitions taking place at the Museum of Film Photography and Television in Bradford, now the National Media Museum
The workshops were centred round at least two exhibitions “Lifetimes” by Julian Germain  and  “From One World to Another” by Raghubir Singh  at the National  Museum of Photography, Film and Television and “  “ by Georgina Starr at Leeds City Art Gallery.
Movie Vault
Our Team
Cheryl Clarke

Cheryl Clarke was a founding Trustee of  Stretch and has been a supporter since its inception. Cheryl runs her own business called Mushroom Media and provides advice for Carlotta and the team around public relations and business planning.

Sophie Robinson

Sophie Robinson is Project Co-ordinator - Stories of the World at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and our newest Trustee. We are delighted to have a museum representative on the team

Visitors to Simons Exhibition

"'Makes the room feel so much nicer. Lovely work and lovely colours.'

'Amazing artwork, Simon, very detailed and good perspectives. you have a real talent. Keep it up. Well done. I am very impressed with your artistic talents.' "

Visitors to Simons Exhibition
Otley Courthouse

Sabine Zanker

"We strive to encourage the women to develop and grow and learn in prison so that they do not regard the time spent in prison as a lost time. The digital story telling workshops help the women to develop the necessary self confidence to reflect on their lives and develop some ambitions."

Sabine Zanker
Hibiscus project worker


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