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More good vibes

More good vibes

Good Vibrations is campaigning to bring ‘more good vibes’ to its past participants. The communal music making charity, which supports people in challenging circumstances with additional needs, has developed a Beyond Performance project for people who have taken part in a Good Vibrations course and want to further develop their skills as musicians. The Beyond Performance course runs from 10th – 14th September […]

Arts Council England pledge to support arts in criminal justice

Arts Council England pledge to support arts in criminal justice

Arts Council England has recognised the importance of arts in criminal justice in their latest strategic plan. Published last week, their two-year Corporate Plan sets out their high-level priorities for delivering their 10-year strategy over the period 2018-20, and states: We will support and celebrate the contribution creative practitioners and cultural organisations make across vital areas of public policy, […]

New film makes the case for arts in criminal justice

We are pleased to announce the release of our new film Why do arts in criminal justice matter? Using interviews filmed during our 2017 Annual Conference at the National Theatre, the film features responses from sector leaders and supporters, and shares inspirational accounts of our members’ work; making a compelling case for arts in criminal justice. What access to the […]

Longford Trust scholars exhibit in 250th RA Summer Exhibition

Longford Trust scholars exhibit in 250th RA Summer Exhibition

Two recipients of The Longford Trust scholarship have been selected to exhibit their work in the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which opened to the public today. The Longford Trust awards scholarships to young serving and ex-prisoners to go to university to continue their rehabilitation. Both Paul Grady and Lee Cutter have been supported by […]

Clean Break announce new leadership team

Clean Break announce new leadership team

The award-winning theatre company Clean Break has announced a new leadership team to take the company into its fifth decade of work with women in the criminal justice system. Founded in 1979 by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of the imprisoned women to a wider audience, Clean Break produce […]

Justice Secretary says “there is a role for the arts”

Justice Secretary says “there is a role for the arts”

The Justice Secretary, David Gauke MP, has recognised the role and impact of the arts in criminal justice as he sets out his position on a prison service “close to breaking point”. In an interview with The Times, Mr Gauke spoke about having “a culture of rehabilitation” and wants to “encourage drama, writing and painting in prisons.” He goes on to say: […]

Welcome Erika Flowers

Welcome Erika Flowers

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Erika Flowers to the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) Steering Group. Erika has a lived experience of the Criminal Justice System and experience of the arts within this, from both a beneficial point of view and in participatory capacity in the form of her voluntary and contractual […]

New national alliance for Culture, Health and Wellbeing launches today

New national alliance for Culture, Health and Wellbeing launches today

We are pleased to announce that the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance are one of the founding strategic members of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. This new alliance brings together the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing with the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing and involves 50 leading cultural organisations from across England. It […]

Koestler announce venues for ‘100 Years On’

Koestler announce venues for ‘100 Years On’

To commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage, the Koestler Trust is producing an art trail of Koestler Award-winning artworks by today’s women prisoners. The idea is simple but powerful: to exhibit 100 framed paintings, drawings, sculptures and poems by women in prison in important venues and public buildings throughout the UK. The trail will shine […]