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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
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“Even five minutes before we started the performance their primary concern was not on the impending production, but a reassurance that we could begin work on another play next Friday.”
– Rowan MacKenzie on Macbeth in HMP Gartree

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New guidance for working in criminal justice settings

Our new guide, Enhancing arts and culture in the criminal justice system: A partnership approach, is now available to download and read. The publication outlines the complex nature of the criminal justice system and the value of arts and culture in these settings. It includes step-by-step guidance and principles of best practice – putting individuals […]

Creating change through theatre with women on probation

Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) has been awarded £20,000 from the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund for the pioneering arts intervention programme, Creating Change, now in its third year of operation. Developed by HCT, alongside BearFace Theatre and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company, Creating Change uses drama to encourage women […]

Justice Secretary announces new model for probation

The Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon. David Gauke MP, has set out his blueprint for the future of probation, which brings all offender management under the public National Probation Service (NPS) when the current contracts with private providers come to an end in 2021. Overall, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and Clinks […]


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The RSA Northampton: the arts and social change

Hear more about project led by professional artists and RSA Fellows alongside C2C Social Action, a Northamptonshire charity providing support to any individual at any stage of the criminal justice system.

Recovery Movements: art, addiction, activism

Gain an insight into the power of participatory dance theatre practices for working with people in recovery from addiction at Tate Exchange Liverpool.

Clean Break information day

Clean Break is holding a day of workshops, talks and performances exploring the work of the women and criminal justice theatre company and its Members programme.


The Irene Taylor Trust is recruiting

Music and criminal justice charity The Irene Taylor Trust is recruiting for a Personal Development Coordinator [£24,000 – £27,000, London, full-time] to support participants from its programmes with ex-prisoners and young people facing challenging circumstances, Making Tracks and Sounding Out. The successful candidate will be responsible for the pastoral care of participants, supporting them through the course of projects and assisting them in […]

Good Vibrations seek freelance music facilitators

Good Vibrations is looking for freelance facilitators to join its team, using communal music-making to support people with complex needs in challenging settings. Most well known for its use of Javanese gamelan music in prisons, the charity has partnered with 99 prisons, youth offender institutions, immigration removal centres, mental-health hospitals, and community partners since 2003 to […]

Safe Ground is hiring

Safe Ground is a national charity with over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering high quality programmes and interventions in custodial and community settings, using the arts to improve people’s lives. The national charity is looking for a Programmes Coordinator [£13,800 per annum, Part-time, London with travel] to work alongside the Programmes Manager and support […]