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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.

Minitry of Justice
Arts Council England - Lottery Funded
The Monument Trust

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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


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 […]

Six new members join the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance steering group

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of the following new members to the NCJAA steering group: Brenda Birungi, poet and founder of Unchained Poetry; Jamal Khan, writer and poet; Jennifer Walmsley, co-founder of BearFace Theatre; Ralph Lubkowski, Governor, HMP Hewell; Sarah Hartley, National Lead for Families, Novus; and Simon Ruding, Director, TiPP. We […]


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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.


Join our team – we’re hiring a Development Officer

Vacancy: Clinks, National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance – Development Officer Home based, 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 the arts and creative practice in criminal justice settings. Our […]

Join our team – we’re hiring a Communications Officer

Vacancy: Clinks, National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance – Communications and Digital Engagement Officer Usually office (central London) based, with occasional national travel – currently home based 2.5 days per week £27,539 pro-rata, plus 6% pension contribution This is to replace a permanent role, however in the context of the uncertainty caused by the current Covid-19 […]

Research fellowship: BAME women in the criminal justice system

The Prison Reform Trust and the Barrow Cadbury Trust have partnered with The Griffins Society to support two research fellowships in 2020–21 focused on the treatment of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women in prison, or more broadly across the criminal justice system. The Griffins Society promotes effective practice in working with women and girls who are […]