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Apply to join our steering group

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

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”, […]

Koestler Awards 2020

Koestler Awards 2020



This year’s Koestler Awards are now open for entries. The annual arts awards from Koestler Arts offer cash prizes, written feedback, certificates, mentoring, publication, exhibition and sale opportunities to people in the criminal justice system. Around three and a half thousand people enter yearly. The awards are open to: Anyone in custody in a UK […]

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

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 […]

Funding to tackle socio-economic diversity

Funding to tackle socio-economic diversity



The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022 programme provides an opportunity for talent from socio-economic backgrounds that are currently under-represented across the arts to develop and thrive. A briefing paper gives evidence of the wider issues, challenges and barriers facing those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and provides insights into the rationale behind some of the design […]

Art by women on probation

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 […]