We are a participatory arts charity. We develop and deliver inclusive arts programmes in communities that bring skills, support networks, confidence and joy to people in the East.
Our creative projects aim to help people transform their lives through the arts, and are delivered in places including community centres, hospitals and hospices, residential homes, refuges and schools.
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
Artist collaboration for First Light Festival
We are seeking proposals from artist collaborations with expertise in participatory arts and socially engaged practice, available approximately 2 days per week between March – June 2020.
You’ll work in residence at the Kirkley Centre in Lowestoft and creatively engage local communities with a view to creating a piece or an event that will feature in the upcoming First Light Festival.
Fee: Artists will be paid £220 per day, with additional fees for travel, materials and equipment.
Deadline: Proposals of no more than 600 words must be submitted by Monday 2nd March.
More information: Artist Call Out for First Light residency 2020
Brave Art Volunteer
We’re looking for a friendly and proactive individual with an interest in supporting adults with learning disabilities to join our Brave Art team as a volunteer in Lowestoft on Thursdays during term time.
Brave Art is an arts training course for people with learning disabilities. It offers students the chance to enjoy exploring a variety of art forms whilst developing creative and life skills.
You might be seeking work experience in the arts or charity sector, or perhaps you’re an artist who is interested in supporting our project. You’ll be a great communicator, and confident to support individuals in their work. You would be expected to join in activities and be part of a creative team.
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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
Sarah Bardwell (Chair)
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 2018/19 we worked with: Daniel Ball, Gareth Bayliss, Colin Brinkley, Leo Burtin, Jac Campbell, Liam Carroll, Max Clarke, Jaki Clibbon, Elizabeth Cook, Lynn Cox, Filomena Cristallino, Patricia Day, Chris Draude, Genista Dunham, Lucy Enskat, Linda Farrow, Hayley Field, Sophie Fox, Carol Gant, Briagh Grant, Caroline Gervay, Sam Hanison, Tina Hannay, Greg Hanson, Harvey Harris, Caitlin Howells, Shane Ibbs, Vicki Johnson, Sophie Johnson, Lynette King, Mike Knowlden, Mary Lovett, Lady Lucy, Zoe Martin, Heidi McEvoy-Swift, Sean McManus, Justine De Mierre, Lola De Mille, Kimberley Moore, Kate Munro, Amy Nettleton, Sian Notley, Shelly O’Brien, Daniela Paiva, Patrick Parker, Dean Parkin, Carrie Phoenix, Kasia Posen, Arti Prashar, Annabel Rednick, Wendy Rees, Matt Shepherd, Marco Spina, Kirsty Thorpe, Sophie Tott, Lou Walker, Jemma Watts, Jeremy Webb, Lynn Whitehead, Lewis Wickwar, Ruth Williams, Emma Withers, Lindsay Wright, Sally Zabroski
In 2018/19, 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.