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
Volunteer and paid opportunities
We do not currently have any volunteer or paid opportunities at the moment. If you would like to be kept up to date with opportunities please sign up to our receive our newsletter here.
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
Esmee Wilcox (Chair)
Each year we work with many artists who each bring their specialist knowledge to our projects to make them a success.
In 2016/17 we worked with: Helen Baggett, Dan Ball, Molly Barrett, Gareth Bayliss, Hope Brooks, Filomena Cristallino, Emma Curtis, Chris Draude, Lucy Ducker, Lucy Enskat, Linda Farrow, Kaitlin Ferguson, James Fletcher, Sarah Franklin, Sophie Fox, Bryan Hall, Sara Harrington, Jon Hart, Tom Hobden, Lisa Marie Hoctor, Spadge Hopkins, Jenny Holland, Maurice Horhut, Caitlin Howells, Vicki Johnson, Matthew Laws, Mary Lovett, Joel Millerchip, Kimberley Moore, Dean Parkin, Kasia Posen, Duncan Ravenhall, Matt Shepherd, Tim Speight, Kirsty Thorpe, Sophie Tott, Vicki Weitz, Lewis Wickwar, Lesley Wilson, Frank Wurzinger, Bill Vine, Sally Zabroski
In 2016/17, we devised and delivered our projects in partnership with the following organisations:
Ace Anglia, The Alzheimer’s Society, The Association for Suffolk Museums, BBC Radio Suffolk, Colchester Hospital University, Colville House Youth Club, The Garage, Grange Road Children’s Home, Greensleeves Homes, Hadleigh Inclusion Project, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, James Paget University Hospital, Leading Lives Progression, MB Associates, Mencap Vision, Milkmaid, Nobody’s Perfect, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Optua Leisure, Papworth Trust, Sanctuary Housing, The Seagull Theatre, Shaw Trust, Smiths Row, St Johns Centre, Suffolk Befrienders, Suffolk Family Carers, The Treehouse Ipswich and Quidenham EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospices), University Campus Suffolk, West Suffolk College
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.