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Research interests

The role of making, co-creation and gifting within Restorative Justice processes

The role of objects, making and co-creation in situations of harm, transition and conflict

The use of verbal and non-verbal language in Restorative Justice processes

Restorative Justice in rural and island contexts

Interaction Ritual and Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice, symbols and solidarity

Restorative Justice and material culture

Macro and micro concepts of solidarity

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Biography

Clair is a creative and a restorative practitioner. She was trained by Thames Valley Police as a Restorative Justice (RJ) Practitioner in 2002 and is now a Registered RJ Practitioner with the Restorative Justice Council, UK. Clair has worked with Oxfordshire and West Berkshire Youth Offending Services, as a regional Creative Arts Development Worker in Youth Justice and as an Arts Development Officer with Shetland Arts. In 2008 she co-founded Space2face, Shetland, which is now an independent RJ Arts charity.

 

As a freelance creative practitioner, Clair has made and sold her own work and delivered residencies in a prison, an immigration removal centre, women’s refuges, care homes and schools, working with regional and national organisations, such as Women’s Aid, Thames Valley Partnership and Modern Art Oxford. She graduated from her MA in Contemporary Arts and Music with Distinction in 2004. Clair has also managed public art projects and was an artist advisor with the British Council from 2015-2017. In 2017, she was awarded AHRC PhD funding to examine more particularly the dialogue between these two areas of her practice, the creative and the restorative.

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Doctoral Research Project

Drawing a Line; the meaning of making, gifting and solidarity within Restorative Justice processes

This doctoral research investigates the meaning of making, gifting and solidarity within Restorative Justice (RJ) processes using a longitudinal lived experience case study, interviews and workshops. A co-created design thing is formed through a working relationship between a RJ trained maker and a RJ participant. On completion, the artefact is gifted (with appropriate consents and risk assessments) to the other person involved in the situation of harm, as part of a RJ process. Meredith Rossner analyses the RJ conference (formal facilitated meeting of all parties involved and affected by an offence) in terms of Interaction Ritual (Rossner, 2013; Collins, 2004). Rossner found that, ‘successful’, RJ conferences were the ones with emotional, ‘turning points’, which were followed by bodily expressions of solidarities, such as maintained eye contact, a handshake, or even a hug, between participants. (This was pre-COVID 19). In accordance with Interaction Ritual, a material symbol of these solidarities needs to be formed as a reminder of the positive emotional energy generated by the RJ conference if longer term behaviour change is to be instigated. The research focuses on these expressions of solidarity between RJ participants and the potential for the co-created design thing to become a symbol for them after the RJ process has completed, with potential links to desistance.

Education/Academic qualification

Arts (general), MA (Hons), Oxford Brookes University

Oct 2002Oct 2004

Award Date: 4 Feb 2005

Art and Design (other/general), Diploma, University of Exeter

Award Date: 1 Jun 1995

Music, Diploma, Trinity College London

… → Jul 1994

Award Date: 1 Jul 1994

Religious Studies and Language Studies, BA (Hons), London School of Theology

Sep 1988May 1991

Award Date: 21 Jun 1991

External positions

Space2face Restorative Justice Arts organisation (registered charity)

2008 → …

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