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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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Clinks CEO Anne Fox’s response to Friday’s incident at London Bridge

Anne Fox, Clinks CEO: “We are saddened by the loss of life at the Learning Together event last Friday – by the loss of passion, belief in the potential in everyone and in the power of working together to help people change which these two young people clearly demonstrated and lived by. Our thoughts are […]

Art by women on probation

Changing Lives has completed an eight-week arts programme with women on probation orders from nine hubs across Northumbria. Run in partnership with Tyne and Wear Archive Museums and Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company and funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Free but not Free was developed after it became clear to the charity that many […]

Watch Rattle Snake

Open Clasp Theatre Company‘s Rattle Snake is a play based on real life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive controlling domestic abuse. It was originally developed as part of a training programme for frontline police officers in Durham, and last year toured the UK. You can watch it here from 25th November […]


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Rewriting Justice

A one-day training course from Clean Break on how it uses playwriting in prisons to develop skills and confidence for women, and the commission process.

The work of the arts and culture in prisons and probation research think-tank

A research think-tank event on the work of the arts and culture in prisons and probation from the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance.

Introduction to arts in prisons

The NCJAA’s one day introductory course will explore some of the questions to consider before embarking on artistic and creative work in prisons.


Music and mentoring vacancy

InHouse Records is an award-winning record label created with and by prisoners. Its aim is to create safer communities and reduce reoffending. The label is seeking a full-time InHouse Creative to work in a Kent prison. The successful applicant will be required to play a musical instrument and have teaching and mentoring experience. Find out [...]

Geese is recruiting

Geese Theatre Company is a team of actors and group workers who present interactive drama and conduct workshops, staff training and consultation within the criminal justice system and wider social welfare settings. Over 30 years, the company has earned an international reputation for innovative work with marginalised groups, and is a longstanding member of the […]

Applications now open for our mentoring scheme

Early career practitioners and professionals can now apply for a mentor through the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) Professional Mentoring Scheme for 2020. The scheme, now in its sixth year, shares knowledge of arts and criminal justice across the NCJAA’s network by providing specialist guidance and professional development through a free one-to-one mentoring relationship with an expert in […]