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A new narrative

A new narrative



In this blog, Chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) Alison Frater, looks back at this year’s Annual Meeting, which took place at the National Theatre in London on 1st March. In the post, she reflects on the readings by four inspiring authors who have had direct experience of the criminal justice system, […]

Shutter stories: prison life behind the lens

Shutter stories: prison life behind the lens



In this blog post, Chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Alison Frater, talks about our 2016 Anne Peaker lecture. The event took place in December last year, with a focus on the use of photography and film in prison settings. Artist Edmund Clark gave the key note speech, which was followed by a […]

Prison arts in Scotland – by Kate Davey

Prison arts in Scotland – by Kate Davey



On 11th May, I travelled to Glasgow in preparation for the Scottish Prison Arts Network (SPAN): Skill Share Session and Glasgow Museums: Insight Café, which were taking place the following day. On the 11th itself I visited Citizens Theatre, the principal producing theatre in the west of Scotland. Additionally, the theatre has a fantastic learning department which is committed to enhancing the lives of all kinds of people in Glasgow and beyond.

Diversity, arts and criminal justice: Bringing people together – by Alison Frater

Diversity, arts and criminal justice: Bringing people together – by Alison Frater



Increasing diversity, increasing artistic excellence. At the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice (NAACJ) event ‘Diversity, arts and criminal justice: bringing people together,’ delegates started with the outcome: diversity increases the value of arts. Diversity brings texture, richness, vibrancy and meaning. Widening participation can contribute towards offsetting bias, ending intolerance, and increasing audience size.