Current Projects:

Tales of a Long Conflict Tour Studio Theatre Carlisle are currently working on their 2016 play, commemorating the Battle of the Somme, TLC:Tales of a Long Conflict will be touring Cumbria in November 2016

C-Art Open Studio 2016 Prism Arts will be opening the spaces of Carlisle Business Interaction Centre to the public throughout C-Art 2016. From the 10th – 25th September, discover artworks created by Studio Arts, Studio Theatre and Creative Arts and Conversations Participants, Prism Arts Artists and Students from the University of Cumbria.

Studio Theatre West Discover the Viking of West Cumbria. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, members of Studio Theatre West are researching their Cumbrian Viking legacy, visiting Viking sites at St. Bees and Gosforth Cumbria, plus Peel Castle, Manx Museum, House of Manannan and Balladoole on the Isle of Man.  Local Viking heritage experts and heritage partner, Manx National Heritage are supporting the group’s research, find out more about their journey.

Studio Theatre is a new programme of workshops designed to develop the creative skills of young people and adults with a learning disability.  The work is delivered by experienced professional artists, taking a multi art form approach.

Untapped Potential: Prism Arts and Haltwhistle Film Project have partnered to provide an innovative training package for Care and Support Staff working with older people or adults with a learning disability in both residential or day care settings. Established with support from the Northern Rock Foundation and Northstar Ventures, Trained and experienced professional artists work alongside Care and Support staff on a weekly basis within their work place,  using digital and non-digital creative arts to develop communication skills.

Creative Workshops for Older People: The funded three year programme will deliver a new engaging programme of creative work designed for older people, stroke survivors and people with memory issues and their carers living in and around Carlisle, as well as an outreach programme designed for older people in residential accommodation and those living in the surrounding rural villages across Cumbria.

The Seven Stories: is an exciting new project based at Carlisle and Penrith Libraries, working with hard to reach groups and local schools. The project, run in conjunction with Cumbria County Council, is funded by the Arts Council of England lottery funding, and will include a sixteen month programme of art workshops, exhibitions and a performance. The work will be delivered by Prism Arts artists.


About Prism Arts:

Prism Arts is an inclusive arts organisation. This means that we set up and run arts projects that are fully accessible to all. Our priority is to develop projects that enable disabled people, young people and older people to engage in the arts. Our projects are always delivered by professional artists; this means that the quality of our work is very high. Prism Arts is a charity and is based in Cumbria.

Our projects are shaped and led by our participants. Our work has significant impact on people’s lives in way that is beneficial to their health, wellbeing, creative development and confidence.

Prism Arts is over 25 years old. Since 1987 Prism Arts has initiated and supported hundreds of arts projects across Cumbria. In 2011 we were awarded Arts Council of England funding until 2015. Prism Arts continues to go from strength to strength.

We always want to hear from individuals, artists and organisations that would like to work with us.

Our office is open Monday to Thursday and we are always happy to discuss your ideas or the work that we do. Follow this link to sign up.


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