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News & Events

What’s going on in arts and criminal justice?

Here’s where we post all blogs, news, opportunities and events relevant to our network – including performances, exhibitions, conferences, courses, resources and sector-relevant updates. To send us details about your news or event for inclusion on this page, please email dora.dixon@clinks.org

Latest blog posts

How you can give a boost to arts in criminal justice

Arts Council England is consulting on the final draft of its 10-year strategy. This blog by Will Downs, Clinks’ Policy Officer, sets out the key aspects of the strategy and how Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance are going to respond. It also looks at how people and organisations can respond to the […]

Four months in, how are arts organisations finding the new prison education commissioning tool?

Our director, Jessica Plant, shares what we have heard from those using the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) and reflects on what the new commissioning process might mean for arts delivery in prison education. It’s now been over four months since the new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) went live for bids via the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) […]

Latest News

Government agree to look at barriers to wider use of arts in criminal justice settings

The government has responded to a report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee into the social impact of participation in culture and sport. Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) provided evidence to the committee, whose final report recommended that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Department for Digital, Culture, Media […]

New recording studio to support people upon release

Prison-based record label InHouse Records has been awarded a £90,000 loan from Nesta‘s Cultural Impact Development Fund. The loan will extend its services from behind bars to ongoing support for people upon release. The loan will enable a new hub, in the form of a pop-up and recording studio, to serve as a safe space for graduates of […]

Latest opportunities

Geese Theatre Company is recruiting

Geese Theatre Company is seeking one male Actor / Groupworker to join its Birmingham-based team. Geese Theatre Company is a team of actors and groupworkers that present interactive drama and conduct workshops, staff training and consultation within the criminal justice system and wider social welfare settings. The company has earned an international reputation for innovative […]

Introduction to playwriting course

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Synergy Theatre Project is recruiting for its latest Introduction to playwriting course. The course is for people with lived experience of the criminal justice system and is free to attend. Meetings will be held on Wednesday evenings (from 9th October to 11th December 2019) at the Royal […]

Upcoming Events

Clean Break’s New Work Showcase

See two new works in development from former Clean Break members Sonya Hale and Daisy King at The Bunker Theatre.

Women’s Support Centre: New Beginnings Art Awards 2019

Every year the Women’s Support Centre, Woking hosts an Art Awards for women to submit artwork from in prison or through visiting the Centre. The entries are exhibited at the Lightbox Gallery.


Image courtesy of No Place Productions (c) Mark Louden