Clair Aldington

Clair moved to Shetland in 2007 and now considers this her home. Prior to this, she worked primarily as a freelance and sessional practitioner, but was also employed part-time as the Creative Arts Development Worker in Youth Justice for Oxfordshire and West Berkshire Youth Offending Services from 2006-2007 where she established an art GCSE course for young people involved in offending. This latter role was part of a national pilot project funded by Arts Council England and the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales. As a freelancer, Clair has carried out arts projects and residencies in schools, community centres, care homes, women’s refuges, an immigration removal centre, and a prison. She has also worked as an artist on long term arts projects with organizations and institutions such as Women’s Aid, Thames Valley Partnership, Modern Art Oxford and HMP Bullingdon. With the latter she jointly delivered arts workshops over two years with prisoners’ children in the Visits Hall of the prison. Clair has co-authored, ‘What Have I Done; a victim empathy programme for young people’ (Wallis, Aldington & Liebmann, 2009) and some of the exercises we use in Space2face are taken from here. She loves to swim, has recently joined a jazzercise class, enjoys walking, reading, writing, gardening and looking at art, craft, design and architecture. She is also passionate about textiles, printing and stitching - and restorative ways of working, of course! You can find a link to her website here.

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