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Annual Conference: What’s next for arts in criminal justice?

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4th December 2017 | National Theatre, London | #ArtsCJS2017

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We are delighted to invite you to attend the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance Conference. It is an opportunity to come together, discuss best practice as well as share ideas on subjects relating to arts in criminal justice; this year it comes at a decisive time of increasing support.

We are proud to announce that John Glen MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, will deliver the key note speech and Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, will open the conference by addressing what’s next for arts in criminal justice.

Leaders from across the sector will discuss current topics including how the arts can respond to the recommendations set out in the Lammy Review, the contribution of arts in criminal justice to the creative economy as well as the challenge for digital innovation in criminal justice settings. These conversations will feed into the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance’s priorities as we begin our journey to become an Arts Council England, National Portfolio Sector Support Organisation from 2018 onwards. Make sure you attend and have your say.

Conference highlights include Sir Peter Bazalgette in a Question Time panel and an exclusive performance of The Listening Room which explores restorative justice through theatre. The afternoon will look towards arts health and women in criminal justice including a remount of Clean Break’s Hear, a play based on the ideas and words of women in prison, written by Deborah Bruce.


  • To introduce our new bursary scheme, we are offering 20 free places to volunteers working within arts and criminal justice, and those with a lived experience of the criminal justice system. To qualify, please send an email to info@artsincriminaljustice.org.uk with 250 words to let us know why attending this conference will be of benefit.