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Playing for change

Probationary: A Partnership

  • ISBN: 978-1-911114-32-1

  • Pages: 8

  • Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform


Playing for change. Probationary: A Partnership

This report explores Probationary: The Game of Life on Licence, a co-produced artwork that takes the form of a board game which aims to offer new insights into the lived experiences of those on licence to probation.

Drawing on understanding of ‘serious games’ and ‘artivism’ this work led to questions about how stakeholders and the public learn about the impact of public policy ad how this might inform change.

Playing the game of Probationary is to engage with the lived-experiences of probation on an emotional level. This coincides with recent appraisals of the probation system that call for a critical understanding that is guided by empathy.

The game emerged from a pilot project, between Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, and the Howard League for Penal Reform.



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