We are a participatory arts charity. We develop and deliver inclusive arts programmes that support peoples’ health and wellbeing.
Our creative projects help people transform their lives through the arts by bringing skills, support networks, confidence and joy to communities in the East.
We work in places including hospitals, hospices, residential homes, schools and community venues.
Our work is led by experienced arts practitioners, encompassing a rich variety of art forms, and is delivered in close partnership with care, education, voluntary and community organisations.
Work With Us
Communications & Development Volunteer
We have closed this volunteer opportunity after having recieving several applications.
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We have a team of dedicated trustees who voluntarily give their time and expertise to help make sure Suffolk Artlink continues to meet its objectives and head towards it’s vision
Jeni Draper (Co-chair of trustees)
Sarah Bardwell (Co-chair of trustees)
Young Trustee Observer: Chloe Pearson
Suffolk County Council Observer: Cllr Paul West
Each year we work with many artists who each bring their specialist knowledge to our projects to make them a success.
In 2019/20 we worked with: Gillian Allard, Holly Bodmer, Felicity Brown, Jacquie Campbell, Tim Casson and Friends, Max Clarke, Jaki Clibbon, Elizabeth Cooke, Creative Nation, Filomena Cristallino, Jacqueline Davies, Dharshini Don-Daniel, Chris Draude, Lucy Enskat, Joy Evitt, Linda Farrow, Donna Fordham, Sophie Fox, Alice Garland, Glasshouse Dance, Emily Godden, Sam Hanison, Tina Hannay, Greg Hanson, Helen Hayes, Tom Hobden, Caitlin Howells, Jacqui Hurst, Steve Jones, Mary Lovett, Heidi McEvoy-Swift, Joel McEvoy-Swift, Kimberley Moore, Kate Munro, Sarah Louise Nkugwa, Sian Notley, Shelly O’Brien, Daniela Paiva, Dean Parkin, Kasia Posen, Helen Rolfe, Anna Rowe, Genevieve Rudd, Matt Shepherd, Spilt Milk, Marco Spina, Pauline Torrance, Sophie Tott, Jon Tyler, Viva L’Amour School of Burlesque, Jemma Watts, Lynn Whitehead, Lewis Wickwar, Emma Withers, Liz Woods, Carl Wright, Lindsay Wright
In 2019/20, we devised and delivered our projects in partnership with the following organisations:
Suffolk Artlink was established in the early 1980’s as a member of the National Shape Network, working across Suffolk to focus on disability arts. In 1994 we were taken under the umbrella of Optua (formerly Rethink Disability). Following a feasibility study we developed towards becoming an independent arts inclusion agency. Suffolk Artlink went on to become a registered charity in August 2005, enjoying its first year as a fully operational arts and social inclusion charity in 2006.
Since then Suffolk Artlink has gone from strength to strength, running numerous projects across Suffolk. With an ever-changing programme of projects, as well as a few old favourites, the charity is constantly evolving to bring unique and exciting arts opportunities, improving lives and inspiring many in the community with arts access for all.
Policies and Procedures
Suffolk Artlink is proud to have achieved the Young Suffolk Quality Standard by demonstrating best practice in regard to safeguarding, health and safety, organisational management and staff support and development.
Suffolk Artlink provides these policies online so that everyone may see the standards we have set ourselves and hold us to account.
The policies and procedures also provide clear and practical guidance that staff and artists use in their work on a daily basis. By providing these online we are seeking to ensure everyone uses the most up to date and accurate information we can possibly provide.
View the full list of our policies and procedures.