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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

Call-out for artists to welcome Knife Angel sculpture to Birmingham

Birmingham will be the latest city to host the Knife Angel as it continues its UK tour. Made from over 100,000 discarded knives and confiscated weapons from 43 police forces around the country, the 26-foot sculpture aims to show the impact knife crime has on people’s lives and bring the issue to society’s consciousness. The […]

Shared reading for people leaving prison

National reading charity, The Reader, is working with Suffolk Libraries to launch a new kind of Shared Reading community in Suffolk. Through reading aloud together, the charity hopes to transform rehabilitation for local people leaving prison, improve their wellbeing and build a community. Funded by Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), the year-long ‘through the […]

Latest opportunities

Good Vibrations seek freelance music facilitators

Good Vibrations is looking for freelance facilitators to join its team, using communal music-making to support people with complex needs in challenging settings. Most well known for its use of Javanese gamelan music in prisons, the charity has partnered with 99 prisons, youth offender institutions, immigration removal centres, mental-health hospitals, and community partners since 2003 to […]

Safe Ground is hiring

Safe Ground is a national charity with over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering high quality programmes and interventions in custodial and community settings, using the arts to improve people’s lives. The national charity is looking for a Programmes Coordinator [£13,800 per annum, Part-time, London with travel] to work alongside the Programmes Manager and support […]

Upcoming Events

What If We Choose: rehearsed reading

Intestinal Fortitude Theatre and Jack Hess present the results of a 14 week prison playwriting project.

The Irene Taylor Trust presents: Multiplay

Music from the latest band to emerge from the Irene Taylor Trust’s Sounding Out development programme for ex-prisoner musicians.


Image courtesy of No Place Productions (c) Mark Louden