About the project

collaborative project, 2008 – present

‘space2face’ is a restorative arts project I co-founded with Alyson Halcrow in 2008. It was initially set up as a partnership project between Shetland Arts and the Community Mediation Team but is now an independent project registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (charity number SC046828). Alyson and I are both accredited Restorative Practitioners with the Restorative Justice Council (UK) and continue to jointly manage space2face. We are grateful to the following artists and writers who, at different times, have worked alongside us: Chloe Garrick, Malachy Tallack, Niela Kalra, Daniel Killeen, Amy Fisher, Ana Arnett and Jacqui Clark.

The project merges the arts with restorative practices to work with people of all ages who are involved in conflict or harm in their lives. It provides space for participants to look at what has happened, how it has affected them and others, and what they need to be able to move on with their lives in a safer way. We work with individuals as well as groups. Referrals are received from the Children’s Reporter, Criminal Justice and Children and Families Social Work as well as through self-referrals.

‘space2face’ has been continuously funded since 2009 by Shetland Arts and successively funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, BBC Children in Need, and Creative Scotland. The project has been presented to International Institute for Restorative Practices conferences in the USA (August 2012) and in Hungary (June 2015) and to the Scottish Forum for Restorative Justice in December 2015. ‘space2face’ was awarded a Restorative Practice Award, Criminal Justice category, in April 2016 (

A book about the project may be found on Blurb