I have known Jenny as a performer and participatory artist for a number of years and have found her to be an inspirational and innovative artist who has the ability to engage hard to reach, vulnerable people in a variety of different artistic activities.
Jenny has delivered creative writing, wellbeing and heritage programmes for Pedestrian and consistently demonstrates a flair for not only enthusing others in creative activity, but also a solid understanding of, and empathy with, the diverse groups of participants she engages. Her way of gently encouraging all those she supports gathers momentum in each session, developing the confidence and abilities of others in a way which seems effortless.
I have put on a number of events, workshops etc. in prison, and this is not a simple process. Hence the professionalism shown by you and your House of Verse colleagues was greatly appreciated – in all honesty I’ve not known an event run so smoothly!
Other factors worthy of mention are:
- Inclusivity – professional interaction with prisoners (i.e. friendly, but not friends), making them feel welcome and part of something. Creating space in the programme for prisoner performances.
- Clear and timely communication prior to the event, meaning all equipment was appropriate and security cleared in plenty of time.
- Carefully chosen acts and set, to take into account security concerns and transport around the prison.
I very much hope we get the opportunity to work together again.
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