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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.

Minitry of Justice
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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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 […]

The House of Lords discuss arts in criminal justice

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance’s Re-imagining Futures report was this week referred to by crossbench peer Baroness Bull at the House of Lords debate on how sport, recreation, and the arts contribute to wellbeing of society. She said, “I do not pretend that the arts are a panacea for all of society’s ills, and […]

Contribute to new Monument Fellowship book

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and Clinks are curating responses to the question “What should happen to people who commit criminal offences?” We are part of a collective of organisations, the Monument Fellowship, each funded through the legacy grants of the Monument Trust, which has now closed. In addition to each organisation doing what […]


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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.

Film screening: Tre Maison Dasan

Safe Ground, in association with Hello World Productions, present a feature length documentary about the impact of parental imprisonment, followed by a community conversation.


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 […]

Clinks seek health and justice policy co-ordinator

Clinks, the national charity for voluntary organisations in the criminal justice system in England and Wales, is looking for a Development Officer – Health and Justice (30 hours a week, £31,401 pro rata) to join its London office. This is an exciting opportunity to join Clinks’ highly respected policy team. The role co-ordinates Clinks’ work on health and justice policy, […]