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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

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 [...]

Continuing collaboration during the Covid-19 crisis

Alison Frater, Chair of the NCJAA, reflects on her conversations with arts practitioners and prison staff, and what their responses to the crisis tell us about the critical value of arts and culture for criminal justice settings in this moment. In recent weeks, I’ve been talking to artists and arts organisations who work with people […]

Latest News

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 [...]

Highlights from NCJAA annual meeting 2020

On 23rd June, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) hosted 79 delegates at our annual meeting. We asked: “How can the arts in criminal justice challenge race inequality, survive and thrive through Covid-19 and beyond?” We were joined by Simon Marshall, Deputy Director – Rehabilitation and Support Services Group, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation […]

Latest opportunities

Join our team – we’re hiring a Communications Officer

Vacancy: Clinks, National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance – Communications and Digital Engagement Officer Usually office (central London) based, with occasional national travel – currently home based 2.5 days per week £27,539 pro-rata, plus 6% pension contribution This is to replace a permanent role, however in the context of the uncertainty caused by the current Covid-19 […]

Research fellowship: BAME women in the criminal justice system

The Prison Reform Trust and the Barrow Cadbury Trust have partnered with The Griffins Society to support two research fellowships in 2020–21 focused on the treatment of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women in prison, or more broadly across the criminal justice system. The Griffins Society promotes effective practice in working with women and girls who are […]

Upcoming Events

NCJAA network hang out: Navigating the new normal

Date: Wednesday 30 September 2020 Time: 10:00 – 11:30 Location: Online Cost: Free Register in advance for this meeting here We’re six months into the global pandemic, and the future remains uncertain. We’re all in this together, yet it’s different for everyone. With the furlough scheme winding down and increasingly strict lockdown measures on the […]

NCJAA network event: Project grants and arts in criminal justice

Arts Council England recently announced that it is reopening applications for its National Lottery Project Grants from 22 July. Join us to learn more about the project grants for arts in criminal justice.


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