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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.” – Rebecca Hammond, Interim Director, NCJAA


Humane Justice: new book explores role of kindness in criminal justice

A new book funded by the Monument Trust and compiled by Khulisa explores the role of kindness in the criminal justice system and is now available to order and read online. Humane Justice – What role do kindness, hope and compassion play in the criminal justice system? is a collection of essays and creative responses [...]

New report shows Covid-19’s impact on voluntary sector in criminal justice

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound and severe impact on arts organisations and practitioners working in the criminal justice system. The challenges of the pandemic are compounded by the closed nature of prisons and slower pace of recovery compared to the wider community. However, these services have never been more needed. Clinks' research report [...]

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 [...]


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BROAD: Symposium exploring dance drama techniques in secure settings

Join Odd Arts and Company Chameleon for an interactive symposium on their unique dance drama project in secure settings

The Arts of Punishment: Experiences of Injustice, Prison & Artistic Expression

Hear from panellists who have been affected by the criminal justice system and used creative expression to make sense of their experiences and challenge issues in criminal justice.

Ain’t Nuff Time – Research Workshop for Criminal Justice Practitioners

Theatre company Imagine If are inviting people working in the criminal justice system to a free online workshop to share their experiences and get creative.


2021 NCJAA bursary scheme now open

We're pleased to announce that the 2021 NCJAA bursary scheme is now open to arts practitioners working in criminal justice settings looking to develop their practice. The bursary is a cash grant of up to £500 designed to support arts practitioners in criminal justice settings to access training or other costs associated with developing skills [...]

Opportunities and funding round-up – February 2021

We've rounded up February's arts in criminal justice jobs, callouts, funding and more for you below. Collective Power: 2021 CHWA awards call for submissions  Apply by 12th February Submissions are now open for the 2021 Culture, Health and Wellbeing Awards, which this year is offering awards in the categories of climate, practitioner care, and collective [...]

Clinks announces new Covid-19 winter support grants

Apply by 4th January The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a profound effect on voluntary organisations. To support organisations' long-term sustainability, Clinks has launched a new round of Covid-19 grants, this time to support more small and specialist voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system. They will distribute £143,500* on behalf of HMPPS and [...]