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Reflections on art and violence

Reflections on art and violence

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) is part of the Monument Fellowship. Every year the Fellowship produces a themed body of work that relates to criminal justice. This year the Fellowship is asking: How do we create a less violent society? In June 2018, on behalf of the NCJAA, Odd Arts’ Jo Lane attended […]

Shakespeare leading the way in tackling youth crime

Shakespeare leading the way in tackling youth crime

I am now in the second month of my post as Development Officer for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA). My work history is richly filled with experiences of arts education, training and using theatre for positive social change but, being new to this role, it is important that I become equally knowledgeable of […]

Art for a social purpose: Art for All

Art for a social purpose: Art for All

On a baking sunlit July Friday, 50 people met in the beautiful gardens of Watts Gallery Artists’ Village to discuss the work of museums and galleries in prisons. The talking inevitably cantered over territory that questioned how the restrained and reverential nature of many museums and galleries could be relevant to the lives of people […]

Not So Broken Dreams

Not So Broken Dreams

For eight lunch time shows in August men from HMP Springhill will be performing their play Broken Dreams at The Royal Court Theatre, London in collaboration with Kestrel Theatre Company. This is their story, a story about fatherhood, grief and social justice, shaped and written with award winning writer Simon Longman, and directed by Holly […]

Repairing with gold: the case for a strengths-based approach to preventing and reducing (re)offending and radicalisation

Repairing with gold: the case for a strengths-based approach to preventing and reducing (re)offending and radicalisation

On 22nd January 2018, Khulisa presented at the first International Conference on Preventing Youth Radicalisation, hosted at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy. The conference, and associated book “Young, Marginalised but not Radicalised: A Comparative Study of Positive Approaches to Youth Radicalisation”, is the first output of the Youth Empowerment and Innovation […]

Key Change

Following our blog post in October, we are delighted to share with you Open Clasp‘s critically-acclaimed ‘Key Change’, screening here until 10 December to mark the UN’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Devised with women in HMP Low Newton, UK and originally toured to male prisons, Key Change is a raw and illuminating […]

Hidden from praise

Hidden from praise

Arts enable people to experience creativity in a way that transforms lives; even a single performance can change your life forever. At a conference organised by North East Prisoner Family Support (NEPACS), an organisation that seeks to enable positive futures for prisoners and their families in the north east of England by providing practical and emotional […]

MakeRight bags – changing lives by design

MakeRight bags – changing lives by design

MakeRight is a collection of anti-theft bags designed by participants of a project at HMP Thameside, London and HMP Kilmarnock, near Glasgow. The collection takes its name from the MakeRight Design Academy, a design education initiative led by the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Starting as […]

Changing Tunes: responding to a changing landscape

Changing Tunes: responding to a changing landscape

On 12th July, Clinks launched their annual State of the Sector report for 2017. Every year, Clinks surveys voluntary sector organisations working in the criminal justice system to collect information about how healthy the sector is, the role it is playing, and the wellbeing of service users. This year the report found that organisations have […]

Collaboration makes a bigger noise: women, theatre and criminal justice

Collaboration makes a bigger noise: women, theatre and criminal justice

This blog post sees Chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA), Alison Frater, reflect on an event that focused on women in the criminal justice system organised by NCJAA member Clean Break.  “On Monday 5th June, Clean Break and Queen Mary University of London co-hosted a unique and fascinating seminar exploring theatre for […]