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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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“Co-production allows us to deliver projects with authenticity – generating real discussion, of which the effects I have witnessed are nothing short of ground-breaking.”
– John Burns, No Place Productions

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Tell us what you think and win £50

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance 2019-2020 annual survey is now open. It is vital we hear from as many of you as possible. This is a chance for you to share the important work you do and to let us know how we can support it. Your responses will be used to shape our […]

Criminal justice system recognised as key partner in Arts Council England’s 10-year strategy

Arts Council England has published its strategy for 2020-30. Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) are delighted that, following their recommendations, it identifies the criminal justice system as a key community partner for delivering its long term goals. Titled Let’s Create, the strategy determines Arts Council England’s role as a national development […]

Experience National Justice Museum exhibition as a virtual tour

A National Justice Museum exhibition of women in prison is now available to experience as a virtual tour. The exhibition includes a collection of historic photographs of women living and working in prisons. These photographs, on display for the first time, were taken in several UK prisons from 140 years ago to the 1980s. Stitched […]


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Prisoners on Prisoners

An installation at Ripon Prison and Police Museum that shares the experiences of current and historic female prisoners through audio, textile and photography.

In Plain Sight

Rideout’s new show, In Plain Sight, is an interactive improvised promenade performance that explores the experiences of those who find themselves sleeping rough.

Irene Taylor Trust performances

The Irene Taylor Trust is holding a series of public performances to showcase its various projects creating original music with people in contact with the criminal justice system.


Community Plan For Holloway seeks female artist/performer

Community Plan For Holloway is an independent organisation working to ensure that local needs, rather than developer’s profits, are met through the redevelopment of the former Holloway women’s prison. This is a once in a generation opportunity to create much needed, genuinely affordable homes. We are also campaigning for a landmark Women’s Building; where the […]

Apply to join our steering group

In March, we will wave goodbye to some long-standing members of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) steering group, who have come to the end of their maximum terms. We are now looking for six new members to join the steering group and help us build on our recent successes in arts and criminal […]

Strategic grant for arts in criminal justice

HM Prison and Probation Service is offering a grant of up to £225,000 (awarded for a maximum of three years) to “increase offender engagement in a range of art activities.” Funded activities include “plan, organise and curate a high-profile annual establishments-wide arts competition” with “a selection of work is to be displayed for public viewing”, […]