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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.

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Arts Council England - Lottery Funded
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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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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 […]

Ensuring the voluntary sector’s role in the future of probation model

Since the Ministry of Justice announced its decision to end current probation contracts early and consider a new model for probation from 2020 onwards, Clinks has been working to ensure that learning from its trackTR research is utilised and the voluntary sector has a central place in the future model. In a blog published today, […]

Developing a toolkit to measure intermediate outcomes of arts interventions

We are pleased to see the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published research from the development of a toolkit to measure the outcomes of arts and mentoring interventions for people in the criminal justice system. Written by Mike Maguire, Emma Disley, Mark Liddle, and Rosie Meek with Nina Burrowes, the research focuses on the ‘intermediate […]


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Othello: Remixed

Shakespeare’s tragedy is remixed by Intermission Theatre Company.

Networking and performance prison event

Imagine If Theatre Company invites recruitment agencies and organisations supporting people with convictions to attend this event at HMP Hull.

Arts-based training for facilitators in dealing with resistance

Run by Tony Cealy, and suited to facilitators and group leaders who want to acquaint themselves with the challenges involved in working with hard to reach groups within prisons, probation and pupil referral units.


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 […]

Social impact funding launched for creative organisations in north of England

Following its announcement in November 2018, Sheffield-based social enterprise Key Fund has now launched a new fund open to creative and cultural organisations that provide a meaningful social impact in their local communities. Work could include using music sessions for young people not in education or craft workshops with former prisoners. Secured from the Department […]

Synergy Theatre Project is recruiting: Learning and Engagement Manager

Synergy Theatre Project is looking for a dynamic and highly motivated Learning and Engagement Manager [£33,000, full-time, London] to manage its Young People’s Programme, which involves touring productions into schools and theatres and delivering bespoke projects with young people at risk of offending. Candidates will have excellent project management and fundraising skills, ideally with five […]