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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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Government agree to look at barriers to wider use of arts in criminal justice settings

The government has responded to a report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee into the social impact of participation in culture and sport. Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) provided evidence to the committee, whose final report recommended that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Department for Digital, Culture, Media […]

New recording studio to support people upon release

Prison-based record label InHouse Records has been awarded a £90,000 loan from Nesta‘s Cultural Impact Development Fund. The loan will extend its services from behind bars to ongoing support for people upon release. The loan will enable a new hub, in the form of a pop-up and recording studio, to serve as a safe space for graduates of […]

Art at HMP Grendon – Ikon’s new artist in residence

Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery has announced Dean Kelland as its artist in residence for the next three years at HMP Grendon, Buckinghamshire. Kelland is Ikon’s third artist’s residency at HMP Grendon, following Edmund Clark‘s residency from 2014 to 2019. Kelland will continue to support artistic practice for the prison community alongside developing his own work. In […]


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Clean Break’s New Work Showcase

See two new works in development from former Clean Break members Sonya Hale and Daisy King at The Bunker Theatre.

Women’s Support Centre: New Beginnings Art Awards 2019

Every year the Women’s Support Centre, Woking hosts an Art Awards for women to submit artwork from in prison or through visiting the Centre. The entries are exhibited at the Lightbox Gallery.

Prodigal Arts and Changing Tunes exhibition

Prodigal Arts invites you to a private view of high-quality original artwork, prints and cards for sale, produced by prisoners from HMP Leyhill Prison. With music from Changing Tunes.


Geese Theatre Company is recruiting

Geese Theatre Company is seeking one male Actor / Groupworker to join its Birmingham-based team. Geese Theatre Company is a team of actors and groupworkers that present interactive drama and conduct workshops, staff training and consultation within the criminal justice system and wider social welfare settings. The company has earned an international reputation for innovative […]

Introduction to playwriting course

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Synergy Theatre Project is recruiting for its latest Introduction to playwriting course. The course is for people with lived experience of the criminal justice system and is free to attend. Meetings will be held on Wednesday evenings (from 9th October to 11th December 2019) at the Royal […]

Join our team

Please note this position is now closed Project Manager 4 days a week, £30,689 (FTE £37,849) London Closing date: 2nd September 2019, 5pm We are looking for an experienced Project Manager to deliver and measure the impact of a number of National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) projects. The post holder will be responsible for […]