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.