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Drawing connects HMP Springhill and local college

Drawing connects HMP Springhill and local college

Drawing Connections is a project bringing together residents at HMP Springhill with students from the local Banbury and Bicester College Art Faculty in a series of artist-led workshops held at HMP Springhill. As a result of its pilot year, an art room was established on the prison site. For its second edition, the Drawing Connections project took […]

New book covers a decade of theatre in criminal justice settings

New book covers a decade of theatre in criminal justice settings

Newly published Playing for Time Theatre Company – Perspectives from the Prison offers readers a resource for using theatre in criminal justice contexts, exploring ideas of identity, community, social justice and the power of the arts. Edited by Annie McKean and Kate Massey-Chase, the book analyses and reflects upon Playing for Time Theatre Company’s evolution and […]

Opportunities for former prisoners

Opportunities for former prisoners

The Prisoners’ Education Trust share work, research, training, volunteering, learning or speaking opportunities specifically aimed at people who have been in contact with the criminal justice system. It currently includes opportunities with Unlocked Graduates, Criminal Justice Alliance, Des Hamilton Film Casting and User Voice. Click here to see current opportunities Other useful resources: Clinks’ Jobs Board, […]

2019 Koestler Awards open for entries

2019 Koestler Awards open for entries

The 2019 Koestler Awards – for artwork made by people in prison, in other secure units, or on probation – are now open for entries. Hard copies of the guidance notes, entry forms and under 18’s entry forms have been sent out to institutions. Entries are judged by over 100 artists and experts from different fields […]

Clean Break seek Development Manager

Clean Break seek Development Manager

Clean Break theatre company is looking for a Development Manager. The post is in the Development and Communications Team and plays an integral role in cultivating Clean Break’s development opportunities. The role will require the successful candidate to raise money from trust, corporate and statutory supporters. The Development Manager will build and manage relationships with […]

The House of Lords discuss arts in criminal justice

The House of Lords discuss arts in criminal justice

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance’s Re-imagining Futures report was this week referred to by crossbench peer Baroness Bull at the House of Lords debate on how sport, recreation, and the arts contribute to wellbeing of society. She said, “I do not pretend that the arts are a panacea for all of society’s ills, and […]

Contribute to new Monument Fellowship book

Contribute to new Monument Fellowship book

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and Clinks are curating responses to the question “What should happen to people who commit criminal offences?” We are part of a collective of organisations, the Monument Fellowship, each funded through the legacy grants of the Monument Trust, which has now closed. In addition to each organisation doing what […]

12 days of drama, history and food

12 days of drama, history and food

Prison arts specialist Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation) has published a report of Past Time, a food and theatre project delivered at HMP Hewell in partnership with historians from the University of Warwick. The report offers an insight in to some of the outcomes from the drama-based workshops, food training and history sessions that brought the experience […]

How The Comedy School teach children about knife crime

How The Comedy School teach children about knife crime

The Comedy School‘s Keith Palmer has explained how It’s No Joke! teaches 10 and 11 year olds about knives – and why the comedy show and following Q&A with the actors resonates with the children so effectively the danger of carrying a knife. When the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance spoke to The Comedy School in […]

NCJAA recognised in parliament

NCJAA recognised in parliament

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee held a session yesterday on the social impact of participation in culture and sport. Five ministers from across government attended as witnesses, including Edward Argar MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice and Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and […]