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National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance

Our aim is to ensure the arts are used within the criminal justice system as a springboard for positive change.

We represent a network of over 900 individuals and organisations that deliver creative interventions to support people in prison, on probation and in the community, with impressive results.

We support this transformative work by providing a network and a voice for all the talented and creative people who are committed to making great art with people in the criminal justice system.

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“The more we know about the challenges you are facing, as well as the innovative ideas and examples of what’s working well, the better we can represent, advocate for and support our network during Covid-19.” – Jessica Plant, Director, NCJAA


Highlights from the Anne Peaker Lecture 2020

“What you realise by writing and creating original works is that the power of the imagination is bigger than any setting that any of us can find ourselves in.” - Lemn Sissay at the 2020 Anne Peaker lecture The eleventh Anne Peaker lecture honoured the work and legacy of Anne Peaker, a pioneer of arts [...]

Goodbye to NCJAA Director & Chair, welcome to our new co-Chairs!

After five years, NCJAA Chair Dr Alison Frater is moving on to become the new Chair of Clean Break. Alison’s leadership has brought new audiences and enhanced the NCJAA in many ways and her integrity and commitment to creativity and social justice will be hard to replace. Also, after nearly nine years, Jessica Plant, the [...]

Highlights from NCJAA annual meeting 2020

On 23rd June, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) hosted 79 delegates at our annual meeting. We asked: “How can the arts in criminal justice challenge race inequality, survive and thrive through Covid-19 and beyond?” We were joined by Simon Marshall, Deputy Director – Rehabilitation and Support Services Group, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation […]


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The Anne Peaker Lecture 2020

Join us at the 2020 Anne Peaker lecture with author and poet Lemn Sissay as he reflects on the role creativity can play for people at risk of being institutionalised and how people use creativity to shape their own destiny.

Arts Council Project Grants information sessions

Join us for a free information session on Arts Council England’s Project Grants and hear from Richard Ings, the NCJAA’s Relationship Manager at ACE and the London Area champion for Arts in Health, Wellbeing & Criminal Justice, and John McMahon, Arts Council lead for Arts and Health.

NCJAA network hang out: Navigating the new normal

We’re six months into the global pandemic, and the future remains uncertain. Join us for a virtual hang out where we’ll discuss, share and learn from each other during these challenging times.


Jobs and volunteering round-up – December 2020

We’ve rounded up  December’s jobs and opportunities for you to get involved in arts in criminal justice below. Opportunities for early career artists from low socio-economic backgrounds  Over 2020-2022, the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme will support 50 salaried jobs in arts and cultural organisations across the UK for individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds. Fair […]

Opportunities round-up – December 2020

We've rounded up the latest funding, callouts, competitions and opportunities for December 2020 - find out more below. Thriving Communities Fund to support creative social prescribing activities Apply by 8th January Launched by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, the Thriving Communities Fund aims to support place-based partnerships that will improve the range and reach [...]

Join our team – we’re hiring a Development Officer

Please note this vacancy has now closed. Vacancy: Clinks, National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance – Development Officer Home based (ideally West Midlands), with an option of office space in Birmingham, subject to Covid-19 restrictions Full time, permanent £32,670, plus 6% pension contribution The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) is the leading national network supporting […]