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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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Announcing our new Buckinghamshire project

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) has begun a 12-month local practice development project to scope arts in criminal justice settings in the Buckinghamshire region. Funded by the Rothschild Foundation, the project will explore models of good practice and foster collaborative working in order to support the Foundation’s further investment in this area. Our […]

Prison education commissioning update for sole traders

The Ministry of Justice’s Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) has updated its terms to make it easier for sole traders to join the system and bid for education contracts. The DPS was launched in November 2018 and is specifically designed to enable prison governors to secure specialist or one-off education provision to meet short-term needs. The […]

Local prison collaborates on new mural for Ipswich

A mural created at a local prison has been installed on Ipswich Waterfront for Art Eat Festival. Supported by the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance’s (NCJAA) professional mentoring scheme, the project’s producer delivered nine design workshops with residents at a local prison and the artist EVEWRIGHT to produce the finished piece. The NCJAA afforded me […]


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Koestler Arts at Southbank Centre in October

Koestler Arts presents a series of events to coincide with its annual exhibition at Southbank Centre.

Readings of 2019 Koestler Award-winning plays

A special Synergy Theatre Project event at The Royal Court Theatre, showcasing this year’s Koestler Award-winning plays.

Introduction to arts in prisons

A one-day training course covering practical tips and key things to consider before embarking on creative work in prisons.


HMPPS grant funding now open

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service’s (HMPPS) grant programme for 2020-2022 is now open for applications. The grants HMPPS is offering are for activity over two years (April 2020– March 2022) aimed at supporting rehabilitation of people in the criminal justice system. They are open to voluntary sector organisations to support the piloting of new […]

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 […]