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News & Events

What’s going on in arts and criminal justice?

Here’s where we post all blogs, news, opportunities and events relevant to our network – including performances, exhibitions, conferences, courses, resources and sector-relevant updates. To send us details about your news or event for inclusion on this page, please email info@artsincriminaljustice.org.uk

Latest blog posts

Scoping arts in criminal justice across Buckinghamshire

In October 2019, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) embarked on a year-long local practice development project to scope arts in criminal justice settings in Buckinghamshire. Funded by the Rothschild Foundation, the project’s long-term aim is to inform sustainable models of delivery for quality arts in criminal justice across Buckinghamshire, and to support the […]

Creative writing at HMP Guys Marsh

Ella Simpson, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Bath Spa University, writes about her experience coordinating a creative writing course last year at HMP Guys Marsh. She shares an extract from the resulting anthology ‘Chrysalis Chronicles’, written by Kam, one of the men taking part. They said it couldn’t be done. One prison, twelve weeks, five [...]

Latest News

Highlights from the Anne Peaker Lecture 2020

“What you realise by writing and creating original works is that the power of the imagination is bigger than any setting that any of us can find ourselves in.” - Lemn Sissay at the 2020 Anne Peaker lecture The eleventh Anne Peaker lecture honoured the work and legacy of Anne Peaker, a pioneer of arts [...]

Goodbye to NCJAA Director & Chair, welcome to our new co-Chairs!

After five years, NCJAA Chair Dr Alison Frater is moving on to become the new Chair of Clean Break. Alison’s leadership has brought new audiences and enhanced the NCJAA in many ways and her integrity and commitment to creativity and social justice will be hard to replace. Also, after nearly nine years, Jessica Plant, the [...]

Latest opportunities

Jobs and volunteering round-up – December 2020

We’ve rounded up  December’s jobs and opportunities for you to get involved in arts in criminal justice below. Opportunities for early career artists from low socio-economic backgrounds  Over 2020-2022, the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme will support 50 salaried jobs in arts and cultural organisations across the UK for individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds. Fair […]

Opportunities round-up – December 2020

We've rounded up the latest funding, callouts, competitions and opportunities for December 2020 - find out more below. Thriving Communities Fund to support creative social prescribing activities Apply by 8th January Launched by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, the Thriving Communities Fund aims to support place-based partnerships that will improve the range and reach [...]

Upcoming Events

The Anne Peaker Lecture 2020

Join us at the 2020 Anne Peaker lecture with author and poet Lemn Sissay as he reflects on the role creativity can play for people at risk of being institutionalised and how people use creativity to shape their own destiny.

Arts Council Project Grants information sessions

Join us for a free information session on Arts Council England’s Project Grants and hear from Richard Ings, the NCJAA’s Relationship Manager at ACE and the London Area champion for Arts in Health, Wellbeing & Criminal Justice, and John McMahon, Arts Council lead for Arts and Health.


Image courtesy of No Place Productions (c) Mark Louden