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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.

Supporting arts in criminal justice through Covid-19

Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance are working to support the voluntary sector and people delivering arts activity in the criminal justice system through Covid-19.

Click here to read our latest blogs about Covid-19 and arts in the criminal justice sector.

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.

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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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Goodbye to NCJAA Director & Chair, welcome to our new co-Chairs!

After five years, NCJAA Chair Dr Alison Frater is moving on to become the new Chair of Clean Break. Alison’s leadership has brought new audiences and enhanced the NCJAA in many ways and her integrity and commitment to creativity and social justice will be hard to replace. Also, after nearly nine years, Jessica Plant, the [...]

Highlights from NCJAA annual meeting 2020

On 23rd June, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) hosted 79 delegates at our annual meeting. We asked: “How can the arts in criminal justice challenge race inequality, survive and thrive through Covid-19 and beyond?” We were joined by Simon Marshall, Deputy Director – Rehabilitation and Support Services Group, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation […]

Six new members join the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance steering group

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of the following new members to the NCJAA steering group: Brenda Birungi, poet and founder of Unchained Poetry; Jamal Khan, writer and poet; Jennifer Walmsley, co-founder of BearFace Theatre; Ralph Lubkowski, Governor, HMP Hewell; Sarah Hartley, National Lead for Families, Novus; and Simon Ruding, Director, TiPP. We […]


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NCJAA network hang out: Navigating the new normal

Date: Wednesday 30 September 2020 Time: 10:00 – 11:30 Location: Online Cost: Free Register in advance for this meeting here We’re six months into the global pandemic, and the future remains uncertain. We’re all in this together, yet it’s different for everyone. With the furlough scheme winding down and increasingly strict lockdown measures on the […]

NCJAA network event: Project grants and arts in criminal justice

Arts Council England recently announced that it is reopening applications for its National Lottery Project Grants from 22 July. Join us to learn more about the project grants for arts in criminal justice.

NCJAA Annual meeting 2020

NCJAA Annual meeting 2020: What does the arts in criminal justice sector need to survive and thrive through Covid-19 and beyond?


Join our team – we’re hiring a Communications Officer

Vacancy: Clinks, National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance – Communications and Digital Engagement Officer Usually office (central London) based, with occasional national travel – currently home based 2.5 days per week £27,539 pro-rata, plus 6% pension contribution This is to replace a permanent role, however in the context of the uncertainty caused by the current Covid-19 […]

Research fellowship: BAME women in the criminal justice system

The Prison Reform Trust and the Barrow Cadbury Trust have partnered with The Griffins Society to support two research fellowships in 2020–21 focused on the treatment of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women in prison, or more broadly across the criminal justice system. The Griffins Society promotes effective practice in working with women and girls who are […]

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 […]