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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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“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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Call-out for artists to welcome Knife Angel sculpture to Birmingham

Birmingham will be the latest city to host the Knife Angel as it continues its UK tour. Made from over 100,000 discarded knives and confiscated weapons from 43 police forces around the country, the 26-foot sculpture aims to show the impact knife crime has on people’s lives and bring the issue to society’s consciousness. The […]

Shared reading for people leaving prison

National reading charity, The Reader, is working with Suffolk Libraries to launch a new kind of Shared Reading community in Suffolk. Through reading aloud together, the charity hopes to transform rehabilitation for local people leaving prison, improve their wellbeing and build a community. Funded by Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), the year-long ‘through the […]

Requirements for prison education and library services

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published a Policy Framework that details the minimum mandatory requirements that governors and prison staff must adhere to in the provision of education and library services in adult prisons in England. We are pleased to see that the framework recognises a prison library must: promote reading as a source […]


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What If We Choose: rehearsed reading

Intestinal Fortitude Theatre and Jack Hess present the results of a 14 week prison playwriting project.

The Irene Taylor Trust presents: Multiplay

Music from the latest band to emerge from the Irene Taylor Trust’s Sounding Out development programme for ex-prisoner musicians.

Locked in the Pen screening and spoken word night

Screening of three films and live spoken word from a creative writing and film-making programme developed with probation service users in Lambeth.


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 […]

The Koestler Trust is hiring

The Koestler Trust encourages people in the criminal justice system to take part in music, writing, design, performance and the visual arts; and showcases this unique work to the public through exhibitions, displays, events and publications. The charity is seeking a Digital and Communications Officer [Full-time, £24,500, London, closing date 2 May] and two Arts […]