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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

Penned Up at HMP Downview

Written as an address to himself, in this blog David Kendall reflects on how he measures the success of a two week arts and literature festival at HMP Downview. Penned Up is created with and for those in prison. Its two directors, Mark Hewitt and David Kendall, work with each prison to form a committee […]

Learning through laughter – an interview with Keith Palmer, director of The Comedy School

The Comedy School has offered high quality arts experiences for people within and outside of the criminal justice system for 20 years and is the only the only organisation of its kind in England led by a black person. It aims to raise the profile of the various uses of comedy, from stimulating personal creativity to […]

Latest News

New book covers a decade of theatre in criminal justice settings

Newly published Playing for Time Theatre Company – Perspectives from the Prison offers readers a resource for using theatre in criminal justice contexts, exploring ideas of identity, community, social justice and the power of the arts. Edited by Annie McKean and Kate Massey-Chase, the book analyses and reflects upon Playing for Time Theatre Company’s evolution and […]

The House of Lords discuss arts in criminal justice

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance’s Re-imagining Futures report was this week referred to by crossbench peer Baroness Bull at the House of Lords debate on how sport, recreation, and the arts contribute to wellbeing of society. She said, “I do not pretend that the arts are a panacea for all of society’s ills, and […]

Latest opportunities

Clean Break seek Development Manager

Clean Break theatre company is looking for a Development Manager. The post is in the Development and Communications Team and plays an integral role in cultivating Clean Break’s development opportunities. The role will require the successful candidate to raise money from trust, corporate and statutory supporters. The Development Manager will build and manage relationships with […]

Funding for music with disadvantaged women and girls

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has opened applications to the Tampon Tax Fund. The fund allocates money generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Charities can now bid for at least £1 million in funding for projects that support victims of […]

Upcoming Events

The Other Side of the Wall (Mental health specific)

Geese Theatre Company offers specialist training for staff working in community or secure settings with patients or service users who have mental health issues or personality disorders.

Cultures of Health and Wellbeing

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s first annual conference, held over two days in Newcastle.


Image courtesy of No Place Productions (c) Mark Louden