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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

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) […]

Hear her: women’s voices through poetry

Last month National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance chair, Alison Frater, attended the launch of a new London centre for women who have been through the criminal justice system or experienced violence. Here, she shares some of the poems and stories she heard from the women using it. The event Hear Her: Women’s Voices Through Poetry […]

Latest News

What prisoners need to make the best use of time in prison

Over 1,250 prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families have contributed to a new report titled What do you need to make the best use of your time in prison? Published by the Prisoner Policy Network, the report highlights prisoner experiences of life behind the wall and positive ways to move forward. It argues that prisons need to […]

Encouraging family bonds through storytelling

Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to develop its transformative Bedtime Stories project in prisons. The project, which builds literacy skills and encourages important family bonds through storytelling, will be rolled out in another five schools and 12 prisons across England, reaching a further 1,000 families. The Festival organises author-led […]

Latest opportunities

Koestler Arts is hiring ex-prisoner exhibition hosts

Koestler Arts is looking to recruit a group of ex-prisoners to invigilate its 2019 national exhibition alongside Southbank Centre’s own Host Team, 7 days a week for the 7-week run. The Exhibition Hosts enhance the public’s experience of the exhibition, and the role provides participants with a strong piece of work experience for their CV […]

The Irene Taylor Trust is recruiting

Music and criminal justice charity The Irene Taylor Trust is recruiting for a Personal Development Coordinator [£24,000 – £27,000, London, full-time] to support participants from its programmes with ex-prisoners and young people facing challenging circumstances, Making Tracks and Sounding Out. The successful candidate will be responsible for the pastoral care of participants, supporting them through the course of projects and assisting them in […]

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A kaleidoscopic view of what happens when a woman goes to prison, from Clean Break and Donmar Warehouse.

Image courtesy of No Place Productions (c) Mark Louden