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Arts Council England’s final draft 10-year strategy recognises the criminal justice system

Arts Council England’s final draft 10-year strategy recognises the criminal justice system



Arts Council England (ACE) has published its final draft 10-year strategy document, setting out its vision and outcomes it wants to see along with new guiding principles for investment in arts and culture.

We are delighted that it places outcomes for people and communities centre stage and embraces the impact of creativity on wellbeing. Following our recommendations made in previous rounds of the strategy consultation, we are particularly pleased that it sees the criminal justice system as a key partner in achieving its ambitious goals.

In the document, ACE pledges to “work with a wide range of partners, including local government, business, further and higher education and schools, healthcare providers, the criminal justice system, the commercial and voluntary sector and other funders, to ensure that culture continues to help build thriving communities.

We hope to work with ACE further to explore how these partnerships can be built on effectively to achieve maximum impact.


Thank you to everyone in the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) network who has engaged with the process so far.

The final stage of the consultation opened today and will close on 23rd September 2019.

Please continue to engage by responding to the online survey or by attending one of the workshops, in order to ensure arts and culture in criminal justice settings is supported in the final strategy.

Find out more here


Image: Summer Arts College at Parc Prison YOI. Courtesy Engage Cymru, credit Pip Lewis, SpacetoCreate