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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.” – Rebecca Hammond, Interim Director, NCJAA


New report shows Covid-19’s impact on voluntary sector in criminal justice

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound and severe impact on arts organisations and practitioners working in the criminal justice system. The challenges of the pandemic are compounded by the closed nature of prisons and slower pace of recovery compared to the wider community. However, these services have never been more needed. Clinks' research report [...]

Highlights from the Anne Peaker Lecture 2020

“What you realise by writing and creating original works is that the power of the imagination is bigger than any setting that any of us can find ourselves in.” - Lemn Sissay at the 2020 Anne Peaker lecture The eleventh Anne Peaker lecture honoured the work and legacy of Anne Peaker, a pioneer of arts [...]

Scoping arts in criminal justice across Buckinghamshire

In October 2019, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) embarked on a year-long local practice development project to scope arts in criminal justice settings in Buckinghamshire. Funded by the Rothschild Foundation, the project’s long-term aim is to inform sustainable models of delivery for quality arts in criminal justice across Buckinghamshire, and to support the […]


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NCJAA network hang out: Staying connected through another lockdown

Join us to hear from others in the sector and share your reflections, successes, and hopes for the year ahead.

January theatre & criminal justice Q&A with Geese Theatre

Find out more about Geese Theatre’s work in criminal justice and social welfare settings at this free online Q&A with their expert practitioners.

The Forgotten People: Film Screening & Q&A

Join poet Lady Unchained and filmmaker Tracy Kiryango for a Q&A and screening of their new short film The Forgotten People, about racial inequality in UK prisons.


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 [...]

Jobs and volunteering round-up – December 2020

We’ve rounded up  December’s jobs and opportunities for you to get involved in arts in criminal justice below. Opportunities for early career artists from low socio-economic backgrounds  Over 2020-2022, the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme will support 50 salaried jobs in arts and cultural organisations across the UK for individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds. Fair […]

Opportunities round-up – December 2020

We've rounded up the latest funding, callouts, competitions and opportunities for December 2020 - find out more below. Thriving Communities Fund to support creative social prescribing activities Apply by 8th January Launched by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, the Thriving Communities Fund aims to support place-based partnerships that will improve the range and reach [...]