Clair Aldington

Clair moved to Shetland in 2007 and now considers this her home. Previously she has worked within the Restorative Justice Team of Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service from 2001 - 2007, and as the regional Creative Arts Development Worker in Youth Justice for Oxfordshire and West Berkshire Youth Offending Services 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 Women’s Aid, Thames Valley Partnership, Modern Art Oxford, HMP Bullingdon and the British Council. Clair regularly presents at conferences on using art and design approaches within restorative practices and has co-authored, ‘What Have I Done; a victim empathy programme for young people’ (Wallis, Aldington & Liebmann, 2009) - some of the exercises we use in Space2face are taken from here.

 

Clair loves to swim, especially in the sea, enjoys walking, reading, gardening, and looking at the work of other artists and designers, alongside her own creative practice. She is also passionate about the restorative role of art and design in times of adversity and transition, particularly in the aftermath of crime.

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