Marian Liebmann is an art therapist and restorative justice facilitator, member of the restorative city project “Restorative Bristol”. Marian will contribute in two ways to REstART:
- She will present two pre-recorded slide shows of pictures of reparation art works and pictures done by offenders showing empathy with victims. These will be launched at the end of November.
- She will deliver a virtual workshop on cartoons as means for storytelling and sharing of emotions (normally proposed to young offenders). The workshop will be limited to a small group of participants (max 14): additional registrations are needed for this specific workshop (2,5 hours long, pause included). Save the date: 3 December at 10-12.30h CET!
Art can be used as a communication tool and to facilitate reparation beyond words.
Art is known to be a useful communication tool, providing a non-verbal means of communication. ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ is often cited. This is particularly important for those young people who have difficulty expressing themselves in words.
The arts generally offer an excellent medium for self expression and self exploration – and can help young offenders develop awareness of feelings they may not have been able to articulate. This can provide a constructive avenue for release of those feelings – angry pictures can be substituted for destructive angry actions, giving enough space to make a better, more thought-out response to difficult situations.
Visual art can also be used to look at current issues and possible futures. Young offenders can look at options they have identified and are displayed in front of them. They can also try out different ways of being, developing their creativity as a new way of living their lives. The fact of active participation makes art a more accessible way of working on specific issues.
‘I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.’
Marian Liebmann has worked with victims of crime and with offenders. She was director of Mediation UK, and now works as a restorative justice practitioner and trainer in the UK; she has worked in several African and East European countries. She is involved in helping Bristol to become a restorative city. She has written/ edited 13 books, including Restorative Justice: How It Works. She is also an art therapist and has applied these skills to work in mediation and restorative justice, running workshops on Art Therapy, Anger and Conflict.