Home Ground is a collaborative creativity and wellbeing initiative for women who have experienced incarceration or are engaged in the justice system.
The initiative is divided into four projects – Tahi, Rua, Toru and Whā, which are delivered in the Wellington community or Arohata Prison over a 12-month period. Each Home Ground project runs full time for three weeks, then one day a week for the following four weeks.
The projects use creative arts practice, such as theatre, photography, creative writing and music, as a non-threatening, strengths-based approach to self-empowerment, community connectedness and wellbeing.
Artists both inside and outside of prison are encouraged to create art projects that talk about the issues women and whānau face in the justice system.
Previous projects have been supported by Creative New Zealand, the Department of Corrections, the Sonja Davies Peace Award, Heather and Brian Main and the Ministry for Women.
Women in the justice system discover their value and purpose through the power of creativity.
Women are empowered to activate social change and create better lives for themselves, their children and future generations.
Provide the space and opportunities women need to explore their artistic talent, engage in creative processes and access high-quality arts and artists, and support them to create healthy, happy homes.
To enable women to safely learn about themselves and their life stories through creativity.
Do no harm
Nothing about us without us
Honour the wisdom of lived experience
Strength through connectedness
Trust the process
The Home Ground practice model was created over four projects facilitated by creative director Jacqui Moyes and clinical director Anita Grafton.
Home Ground’s practice was designed and tested by women with lived experience of the justice system.
Creative Director | Project Manager | Lead Facilitator
Jacqui is a staunch advocate for the arts, and specialises in community development through creative collaboration. Jacqui has worked previously as the Arts in Corrections Advisor for Arts Access Aotearoa, and as an advisor to the Chief Censor of the Office of Film and Literature Classification. Jacqui has experience mentoring families engaged in social services, delivering and designing prison arts programmes, coordinating arts events and has a background in community performing arts.
Jacqui’s ability to collaborate with a range of incredible people allows her to do the work she does. She also has a firm belief in ‘do no harm’ and ‘nothing about us without us’. These guiding principles help to keep her projects safe when facing the challenges inherent in the justice system. Jacqui works hard to support creative opportunities and the benefits that come from them.
Clinical Director | Mental Health & Addictions Specialist | Clinical Facilitator | Counsellor
Anita, our much-loved friend, colleague and inspiration passed away in October 2020.
Anita had a real commitment to incorporating creative approaches to rehabilitation and recovery. She was the Director and Principal Counsellor of Time to Talk, a therapeutic counselling company that provides counselling along with mental health consultancy.
Anita was a graduate of the University of Salford (UK), where she received a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences, and had many years experience working within education, mental health and addiction services in England and New Zealand.
In 2013 Anita became clinical manager of the Drug Treatment Unit at Arohata Prison, and was responsible for streamlining and improving efficiency of services, as well as providing alcohol and other drug counselling support for over 100 prisoners. Anita led the team that received the Highly Commended award from Arts Access Aotearoa for creativity in prisons in 2016.
After leaving the Department in 2017, Anita went on to manage an addictions service within the Wellington community. In 2019 Anita graduated with a degree in social services with a major in counselling and received the distinguished alumni award for work in her field in 2020.
We miss you Anita.
Strategic Support | Branding | Content Curation | Design Layout
Helen Milner is the Creative Director and strategist at Saedi Brand Curator. Helen's focus is on brand strategy and creative – working closely with individuals and companies who are developing exceptional, high end products, services and experiences.
Although diverse in their nature, the commonality between her clients is the fact that they are all highly ethical, single minded in their expectation of excellence and are all hell-bent on bettering themselves as well as the future of their communities and countries.
Helen was a close friend of Celia Lashlie, and has been supporting Jacqui with the strategic aspects of Home Ground development.
Peer Mentor | Photographer
Nik has been with Home Ground since the very beginning. She was instrumental in the foundation of our pilot project Kahukura, and was involved in our Tahi, Toru and Whā projects.
Nik's passion is photography and she enjoys documenting our work. She says, "I have worked hard on incorporating my journey of recovery and abstinence into my work and art with Home Ground, and enjoy helping and giving advice to others wanting to seek guidance through recovery. Just one day at a time."
*MAKE THE MAHI MATTER*
Peer Mentor | Navigator
PM is a peer mentor and navigator in the Home Ground collective, since the very first Project Tahi. PM listens, and draws our visions into reality. She is a visual storyteller, a talented maker, a mother, grandmother and matriarch.
Her message is:
"Life has it's setbacks
You hold your goals and creative achievements
Your twists and turns through life
Your tamariki and
in both hands."