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 26 years old this year. 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.


Prism Arts has moved!

Prism Arts is now based at the University of Cumbria’s Business Interaction Centre in Carlisle, on Paternoster Row. Our new contact details are:

Prism Arts
Carlisle Business Interaction Centre
4-5 Paternoster Row

01228 888630



Current Projects:

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 establish an exciting new project with the support from the Northern Rock Foundation and Northstar Ventures. We offer training using digital and non-digital creative arts for Care and Support Workers who work with people with Learning Disabilities, and Elderly People with Dementia.

Solway Wetlands: An exciting project in partnership with Tullie House and Solway Wetlands has led to the creation of three unique and exciting creatures, using felt and willow: the natterjack toad (created with the No Borders Art Group), the common hawker (with Heathlands Textile Group) and the lapwing (with the Time Travellers).

Creative Workshops for People with Dementia: The funded three year programme will deliver a new engaging programme of creative work designed for people with dementia 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.



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