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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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Listen to our new podcast

We’ve launched an exciting new podcast featuring a selection of views from our recently released Crime and Consequence book, answering the question: what should happen to people who commit criminal offences? Each episode focuses on a particular area of the criminal justice system, drawing on the author’s lived or professional experience. Episodes include: What should happen […]

Crime and Consequence

We’re delighted to announce the launch of Crime & Consequence – what should happen to people who commit criminal offences? This is the third in the series of books curated by the Monument Fellowship and edited this year by Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA). Crime & Consequence is a collection of essays and […]

Announcing our new Buckinghamshire project

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) has begun a 12-month local practice development project to scope arts in criminal justice settings in the Buckinghamshire region. Funded by the Rothschild Foundation, the project will explore models of good practice and foster collaborative working in order to support the Foundation’s further investment in this area. Our […]


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Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance national conference 2020

A Culture of Care: Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance national conference 2020

Dance Club at Scrubs

An exhibition and panel discussion celebrating the first edition of Dance Club, a dance and choreography course run at HMP Wormwood Scrubs.


Winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize, Shook examines the young men society shuts away.


Geese is recruiting

Geese Theatre Company is a team of actors and group workers who present interactive drama and conduct workshops, staff training and consultation within the criminal justice system and wider social welfare settings. Over 30 years, the company has earned an international reputation for innovative work with marginalised groups, and is a longstanding member of the […]

Applications now open for our mentoring scheme

Early career practitioners and professionals can now apply for a mentor through the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) Professional Mentoring Scheme for 2020. The scheme, now in its sixth year, shares knowledge of arts and criminal justice across the NCJAA’s network by providing specialist guidance and professional development through a free one-to-one mentoring relationship with an expert in […]

HMPPS grant funding now open

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service’s (HMPPS) grant programme for 2020-2022 is now open for applications. The grants HMPPS is offering are for activity over two years (April 2020– March 2022) aimed at supporting rehabilitation of people in the criminal justice system. They are open to voluntary sector organisations to support the piloting of new […]