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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 members – 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

Macbeth in HMP Gartree

Rowan MacKenzie reflects on the process of rehearsing and performing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in a prison and what it may mean for the nine men involved. I began as a volunteer at HMP Gartree in early 2018. Trying to establish a group of men to work on rehearsing and performing Macbeth was initially […]

University and prison partnerships: how film allowed women to be authors of their own representation

Lindsay Morgan (Edinburgh Napier University’s Arts and Creative Industries Placement Officer), talks about the placement programmes run at HMP Edinburgh and HMP Polmont. She shares the latest outcome of the creative partnership, On the Outside, a film made in collaboration with four women who previously served sentences at HMP Polmont. Edinburgh Napier University has a […]

Latest News

Music programme helps young people get back on track after prison

The charity HDMT Music is set to publish findings from its music and resettlement project, One Spirit, which has reached 177 young people from three prisons over the past 12 months. One Spirit is now in its tenth year of work across HMYOI Feltham, HMYOI Cookham Wood and HMP Highdown. The project uses a framework of […]

New guide to evidencing arts and culture

The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) has published The Cultural Learning Evidence Champion’s Handbook. This handbook is designed to make it easier not only to ‘do’ evidence and evaluation, but to love them, to become a champion for them and spread the good word throughout arts and cultural education.” […]

Latest opportunities

Awarding those who support young people to manage conflict in their lives

Lighting the Fire is Leap‘s annual awards event that celebrates the young people, adults and organisations that excel at supporting young people to manage the conflict in their lives. Now in its seventh year, the event serves to celebrate and raise awareness of the incredible work being done in the sector; to build new relationships; […]

How are you finding the new education procurement system?

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Clinks and the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) would like to hear about your experiences of using the new online procurement system for education services, also known as the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). We will use this to monitor how the DPS is working in practice, and feedback to Her […]

Upcoming Events

Sweatbox: a prison van in motion

From women’s theatre company Clean Break, immersive production Sweatbox is a theatre experience that takes place in a real prison van.


A new play from Clean Break’s Young Artist programme explores youth loneliness in London. Showing as part of Lyric Hammersmith’s Evolution festival.

Image courtesy of No Place Productions (c) Mark Louden