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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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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 second 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 […]

Music and mentoring at HMP Drake Hall

For the last two years Changing Tunes Midlands (CTM) has been bringing musicians-in-residence into prisons across their region. Based on a model using a therapeutic approach to teaching music and mentoring developed over 30 years of experience from Changing Tunes in Bristol, CTM has migrated this service to the Midlands. The charity now has musicians-in-residence […]

Sharing real life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive control

This winter, to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a new play tackling coercive controlling domestic abuse will be screened, for free, online and in venues across the UK . Watch the trailer About the play Developed by Open Clasp Theatre Company, Rattle Snake is based on real life […]


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Novus at Tate Liverpool

Creative art pieces produced by men from five prisons across the North West and North Wales will be presented in Tate Exchange at Tate Liverpool.

Learning Social – Arts in Prison

Discussion of arts in prison chaired by Ikon Gallery’s artist in residence at HMP Grendon, Dean Kelland.

HMPPS grant programme information events

Information events from Clinks for anyone interested in applying to HM Prison and Probation Service’s next grant funding programme for 2020-2022.


Join our team

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 supporting the development of an ambitious new […]

Call out for artists delivering work with young people in West Mercia

Do you provide arts programmes or activities for young people at risk of offending? Would you be interested in delivering work in Herefordshire, Shropshire or Worcestershire from 2020? Arts in probation settings West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner is entering its fourth year of funding arts programmes in probation settings in Worcestershire. Previous grants have […]

Join Inspiring Futures as a Research Associate

The University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology seeks to appoint a Research Assistant/Associate [£26,243 – £39,609, full time, Cambridge] for a three-year programme titled Inspiring Futures Footprint. Inspiring Futures Inspiring Futures Footprint is the research component of Inspiring Futures, a National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) initiative to bring about measurable change in both the […]