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Koestler Awards 2020

Koestler Awards 2020



This year’s Koestler Awards are now open for entries. The annual arts awards from Koestler Arts offer cash prizes, written feedback, certificates, mentoring, publication, exhibition and sale opportunities to people in the criminal justice system. Around three and a half thousand people enter yearly. The awards are open to: Anyone in custody in a UK […]

Criminal justice system recognised as key partner in Arts Council England’s 10-year strategy

Criminal justice system recognised as key partner in Arts Council England’s 10-year strategy



Arts Council England has published its strategy for 2020-30. Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) are delighted that, following their recommendations, it identifies the criminal justice system as a key community partner for delivering its long term goals. Titled Let’s Create, the strategy determines Arts Council England’s role as a national development […]

Funding to tackle socio-economic diversity

Funding to tackle socio-economic diversity



The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022 programme provides an opportunity for talent from socio-economic backgrounds that are currently under-represented across the arts to develop and thrive. A briefing paper gives evidence of the wider issues, challenges and barriers facing those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and provides insights into the rationale behind some of the design […]

Art by women on probation

Art by women on probation



Changing Lives has completed an eight-week arts programme with women on probation orders from nine hubs across Northumbria. Run in partnership with Tyne and Wear Archive Museums and Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company and funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Free but not Free was developed after it became clear to the charity that many […]

Watch Rattle Snake



Open Clasp Theatre Company‘s Rattle Snake is a play based on real life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive controlling domestic abuse. It was originally developed as part of a training programme for frontline police officers in Durham, and last year toured the UK. You can watch it here from 25th November […]

Music and mentoring vacancy

Music and mentoring vacancy



InHouse Records is an award-winning record label created with and by prisoners. Its aim is to create safer communities and reduce reoffending. The label is seeking a full-time InHouse Creative to work in a Kent prison. The successful applicant will be required to play a musical instrument and have teaching and mentoring experience. Find out [...]
Our impact over the last three years

Our impact over the last three years



Clinks has published its Impact assessment 2019, a report on an external assessment of its impact – which includes the work of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) – from 2016 to 2019. It set out to review: Whether Clinks is providing the range of services and activities that stakeholders want and need What […]