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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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The more we know about the challenges you are facing, as well as the innovative ideas and examples of what’s working well, the better we can represent, advocate for and support our network during Covid-19.

LATEST NEWS

Creativity in a restricted regime: a guide for prison staff

Our new guide for prison staff on enabling creative activity in a restricted regime through Covid-19 and beyond is now available to read.

Tell us about the important work you do

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) 2021 survey is now open - take the survey and let us know what you think. We know access to arts and creative activity for people in contact with the criminal justice system has never been more vital. The survey is a chance for you to share the [...]

Humane Justice: new book explores role of kindness in criminal justice

A new book funded by the Monument Trust and compiled by Khulisa explores the role of kindness in the criminal justice system and is now available to order and read online. Humane Justice – What role do kindness, hope and compassion play in the criminal justice system? is a collection of essays and creative responses [...]

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NCJAA network hangout

Join the NCJAA and others working in arts and criminal justice for a virtual hang out.

Webinar: How Can Arts Practice Inform Policy Change?

This webinar brings together artists, policy makers, and campaigning organisations to consider how arts practices can inform the recovery and transformation of the prison service during and beyond Covid-19.

BROAD: Symposium exploring dance drama techniques in secure settings

Join Odd Arts and Company Chameleon for an interactive symposium on their unique dance drama project in secure settings

LATEST OPPORTUNITIES

2021 NCJAA bursary scheme now open

We're pleased to announce that the 2021 NCJAA bursary scheme is now open to arts practitioners working in criminal justice settings looking to develop their practice. The bursary is a cash grant of up to £500 designed to support arts practitioners in criminal justice settings to access training or other costs associated with developing skills [...]

Opportunities and funding round-up – February 2021

We've rounded up February's arts in criminal justice jobs, callouts, funding and more for you below. Collective Power: 2021 CHWA awards call for submissions  Apply by 12th February Submissions are now open for the 2021 Culture, Health and Wellbeing Awards, which this year is offering awards in the categories of climate, practitioner care, and collective [...]

Clinks announces new Covid-19 winter support grants

Apply by 4th January The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a profound effect on voluntary organisations. To support organisations' long-term sustainability, Clinks has launched a new round of Covid-19 grants, this time to support more small and specialist voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system. They will distribute £143,500* on behalf of HMPPS and [...]