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15Jul 2015

MID returns to Dover IRC

In the first two weeks of June 2015 we delivered our latest Community Exchange project through a series of 8 participatory music making workshops for detainees at Dover IRC and participants from Porchlight, a local charity providing services for homeless and vulnerable people.

MID artists Lucky Moyo and Oliver Seager of Music for Change...

15Jul 2015

MID's first workshops at IRC The Verne

We are very excited to report that we have begun providing a short series of workshops at Britain’s newest IRC, The Verne. This former HM prison began holding detainees in March 2014, and officially became known as IRC The Verne in September 2014. It is now the 10th centre in Britain’s detention estate. It houses 580 male detainees making it the...

15Jul 2015

Introducing ArtWorks Alliance

ArtWorks Alliance is the new UK umbrella for organisations with strategic or developmental interests in any branch of participatory arts, including community arts, socially-engaged arts, voluntary arts, and arts in education and learning. Membership covers all artforms, geographic areas, ways of working, and purposes of the work.

The ArtWorks...

25Jun 2015

Evaluation report released

Over the last few months Music in Detention has been working with the Sound Connections Challenging Circumstances Music Network (CCMN) to produce an evaluation of a musical interaction between detainees at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) and young people at the YMCA Youth Café in Hayes, Hillingdon.  The report assesses the impact...

19Jun 2015

Call for proposals: grants fundraiser

MID is looking for an individual with strong fundraising skills and experience, to take responsibility for our grant fundraising work. 

Historically most of our income has been from grants.  We now want to bring a dedicated grants fundraiser into our team for the first time, to draft bids, sustain and increase grant income and develop systems. ...

13Jun 2015

Refugee Tales Launch Event: No-one can resist Music in Detention's songs!

At the launch event marking the start of the Refugee Tales walk, on Saturday 13 June 2015, Music In Detention artists Lucky Moyo and Oliver Seager of Music for Change performed tracks created during a recent series of Music In Detention workshops with detainees at Dover Immigration Removal Centre and service users from Porchlight, a local...

12Jun 2015

MID artists to perform at Refugee Tales in Dover

Music In Detention is proud to be showcasing original music by detainees and local people at the Refugee Tales launch on Saturday. 

On stage in Dover’s Market Square, musicians Lucky Moyo and Oliver Seager of Music for Change will perform tracks created during a recent series of Music In Detention workshops with detainees at Dover Immigration...

11Jun 2015

What Music in Detention does at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre

Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre is the main centre in the UK for the detention of women and adult families. It has been the subject of intense scrutiny and various campaigns.  Music In Detention, an independent charity, has been providing music workshops for detainees at Yarl’s Wood since 2008.

Yarl’s Wood’s Independent Monitoring Board (a...

19Mar 2015

A decade of MID workshops

This week marks the 10th anniversary of our first ever music workshop. To celebrate, we have released a video of a unique musical collaboration that took place last year between Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) and a group of local Oxfordshire teenagers.

Whilst the two groups in the video were unable to physically meet, we helped...

3Mar 2015

Report of Parliamentary Detention Inquiry published today

Today’s launch of the cross-party Parliamentary report into the use of immigration detention is a significant event for everyone working in the sector.  The report calls for a 28-day time limit on detention (currently there is no time limit) and for fundamental changes in the way detention is used in the UK.  It has received front-page coverage...

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