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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

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Watch Open Clasp’s award-winning prison drama online for free

As theatres around the world are forced to close their doors, experience Open Clasp Theatre Company‘s award-winning Key Change for free online. The prison drama goes live at 1pm on 20th March 2020 and you can watch it here – just click play on the link above. In these uncertain times, it’s more important than […]

Supporting arts in criminal justice through COVID-19

Update: 26th March 2020 Clinks has set up a Covid-19 web page to collate essential updates and signpost to helpful information from the wider voluntary and arts and culture sectors. The page will be updated as often as possible. Click here to visit the Covid-19 web page  Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance […]

Clinks and NCJAA operations during Covid-19 delay phase

Following the UK government announcement to move to the delay phase in its plan for tackling Covid-19 all Clinks and National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) staff are now temporarily working remotely. We will continue to support, promote and represent the voluntary sector and the NCJAA network while working in this way. We feel this […]


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Unlocking Potential

One-day training course from Clean Break for theatre artists and practitioners interested in the art of creating safe and transformative women-only spaces.

Shakespeare on screen in prisons symposium

This one-day symposium explores the six-year prison university Shakespeare Trilogy project. Delegates will discuss the potential for new and innovative creative partnerships within the arts, higher education and the criminal justice system.

Blame and belonging – an interactive drama performance

Manchester City Council and Odd Arts present an interactive drama performance to explore “Blame and belonging” for young people.


Nesta launches Arts and Culture Impact Fund

Nesta has launched a new impact investment fund for the UK’s arts, culture and heritage organisations. The Arts and Culture Impact Fund will invest in organisations of all sizes that demonstrate a clear social impact. It offers repayable finance of between £150,000 and £1 million, with a repayment term of one to 10 years and […]

Want to deliver creative workshops in prisons?

The National Justice Museum is looking for two creative engagement practitioners to work on its three-year project developing and delivering creative workshops in prisons and with groups of people impacted upon by prison. Senior Creative Engagement Practitioner  Contract: Fixed term three days a week for three years. Salary: £16,800 for three days a week, equivalent […]

Community Plan For Holloway seeks female artist/performer

Community Plan For Holloway is an independent organisation working to ensure that local needs, rather than developer’s profits, are met through the redevelopment of the former Holloway women’s prison. This is a once in a generation opportunity to create much needed, genuinely affordable homes. We are also campaigning for a landmark Women’s Building; where the […]