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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
The Monument Trust

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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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Our recommendations for Arts Council England’s next 10 year strategy

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) has published its response to Arts Council England’s consultation on its next 10 year strategy. We welcome and support many of Arts Council England’s proposed outcomes, especially those which demonstrate a shift in emphasis towards equality and inclusion. In the document we respond to each of the seven proposed […]

Take part in our annual survey

It is vital we hear from as many National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) members as possible in our 2019 annual survey so we can provide the best network for artists, arts organisations and criminal justice practitioners delivering innovative work across the country. The annual survey is your chance to tell us about the important […]

Finding rhythms, making change

Last week Finding Rhythms showcased its recent activity inside and outside prison, and shared its ambitions for the future, in an evening event at Premier PR‘s London office. The charity has been running intensive 36-hour music projects in prisons led by professional musicians for the past seven years. With recording technology participants are able to […]


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Distant Voices

Hear some of the songs and stories of the Distant Voices project, which brings together some of Scotland’s most acclaimed songwriters with people who have experience of the criminal justice system.

Cultural eXchanges: Art in prisons

Two events at De Montfort University’s Cultural eXchanges festival explore art in prisons in Leicester and Staffordshire.

Music in prisons: defining a successful project

In this evening seminar Sarah Doxat-Pratt (University of Nottingham) will look at music projects in a prison context, drawing on a year’s fieldwork with the Irene Taylor Trust.


Mentoring opportunity for arts and culture fundraisers

With funding from Arts Council England, the Institute of Fundraising has embarked on a four-year programme of support for fundraising and development professionals working within the arts, culture and heritage sector; RAISE : Arts, Culture & Heritage. The RAISE programme includes mentoring opportunities for early-career fundraisers working in the arts, culture & heritage sector across England. The year-long mentoring scheme, led by […]

Pro-bono communications coaching and support

Transform Justice is offering pro-bono communications coaching and support to six organisations in the criminal justice voluntary sector. This is an opportunity for organisations to review and refine their approach to communicating their cause to a range of stakeholders to inspire support for the organisation’s objectives. Successful organisations will benefit from one-to-one support from a […]

Fundraiser vacancy

National charity Good Vibrations is seeking an experienced Grants and Trusts Fundraiser [£28,000 – £31,000, part-time, flexible] to join the team. Good Vibrations uses communal music-making to support people with complex needs in challenging settings to develop transferable life and work skills. The charity is most well-known for its use of gamelan music in prisons. The […]