Freedom Arts

Free to be Me

Professional artists and wellbeing practitioners will work with people who are on parole, probation orders or have been sentenced for non-violent drug offences through the Court Mandated Diversion (CMD) Program.

For people who find themselves involved in these elements of the justice system, this is a constructive alternative to a custodial sentence. The project aims to support participants to find their way out of the justice system into a more positive future.


Depending on their needs and interests, participants can take part in a series of practical hands on art making sessions in a variety of art forms. 


The Peace Education Program, currently offered in Correctional facilities all around the world, will offer skills, activities and support in helping participants promote their own wellbeing.

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Establishment of a Permanent Art Room

The program will run in The Art Room, a brand new space in a newly repaired heritage building, the former Queens Orphan School for Boys which opened in 1831.


Starting in 2021, this 3 year pilot project in partnership with Community Corrections (Department of Justice Tasmania) is the first of it’s kind in Australia.


Our overall aim is to develop a successful program model that can be ongoing and implemented across the country. To assist in this, the project is being evaluated by a professional social researcher.

The Court Mandated Diversion Program is a sentencing option in the Magistrate’s and Supreme Court which allows eligible and suitable offenders to be sentenced to correctional treatment within the community as opposed to serving a custodial sentence.  Freedom Project placements will also be offered to suitable clients on parole or probation orders.


Kickstart Arts is thrilled to be offering this groundbreaking restorative arts-justice collaboration, which offers a new kind of hope to offenders in the CMD program and a new rehabilitation option for the Justice system.


Therapeutic jurisprudence is now being recognised worldwide as an effective way to stop the cycle of offending and offer new pathways to societal engagement and success in life, this is the first project of it’s kind in Australia.

For more information about Freedom Arts, please contact Caroline via email:

Call out for Arts Practitioners

Are you an established arts practitioner who has each of the following?

  • A proven record of managing groups of people to achieve desired outcomes,

  • A demonstrated ability to work with people with complex needs,

  • Well developed team skills 

  • Demonstrate an aptitude for working with people with little or no previous artistic experience, and

  • An ability to bring about positive change for people with low incentive 

If this sounds like you, you may want to send us an expression of interest to be involved in the project.