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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. Over 900 Alliance members 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 offenders.

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Arts Council England - Lottery Funded
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“Because we believe in this. It engages people. It has the power to change, give people the agency, the space, to change themselves.” David Kendall on Penned Up at HMP Downview

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Culture can help to offer second chances, says Jeremy Wright MP

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport today recognised the value of arts in prisons in a speech announcing the winners of the Cultural Development Fund. Speaking on the ‘Value of Culture’ at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Jeremy Wright MP evidenced the impact the arts can have on development and wellbeing, and celebrated […]

Drawing connects HMP Springhill and local college

Drawing Connections is a project bringing together residents at HMP Springhill with students from the local Banbury and Bicester College Art Faculty in a series of artist-led workshops held at HMP Springhill. As a result of its pilot year, an art room was established on the prison site. For its second edition, the Drawing Connections project took […]

New book covers a decade of theatre in criminal justice settings

Newly published Playing for Time Theatre Company – Perspectives from the Prison offers readers a resource for using theatre in criminal justice contexts, exploring ideas of identity, community, social justice and the power of the arts. Edited by Annie McKean and Kate Massey-Chase, the book analyses and reflects upon Playing for Time Theatre Company’s evolution and […]


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The Night Alphabet

The Poetry Society host screenings of three short poetry-prose films, a live gig, and reading from Joelle Taylor’s new collection of short stories, The Night Alphabet.

The Other Side of the Wall (Mental health specific)

Geese Theatre Company offers specialist training for staff working in community or secure settings with patients or service users who have mental health issues or personality disorders.

Cultures of Health and Wellbeing

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s first annual conference, held over two days in Newcastle.


Opportunities for former prisoners

The Prisoners’ Education Trust share work, research, training, volunteering, learning or speaking opportunities specifically aimed at people who have been in contact with the criminal justice system. It currently includes opportunities with Unlocked Graduates, Criminal Justice Alliance, Des Hamilton Film Casting and User Voice. Click here to see current opportunities Other useful resources: Clinks’ Jobs Board, […]

Clean Break seek Development Manager

Clean Break theatre company is looking for a Development Manager. The post is in the Development and Communications Team and plays an integral role in cultivating Clean Break’s development opportunities. The role will require the successful candidate to raise money from trust, corporate and statutory supporters. The Development Manager will build and manage relationships with […]

Funding for music with disadvantaged women and girls

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has opened applications to the Tampon Tax Fund. The fund allocates money generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Charities can now bid for at least £1 million in funding for projects that support victims of […]