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Local practice development

Arts in criminal justice
Local practice development

From October 2019, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) is embarking on a 12-month local practice development project to scope arts in criminal justice settings in the Buckinghamshire region. Funded by the Rothschild Foundation, the project will explore models of good practice and foster collaborative working in order to support the Foundation’s further investment in this area. The long-term aim is to inform sustainable models of delivery for quality arts in criminal justice across Buckinghamshire.

The NCJAA’s report What does success look like for arts in criminal justice settings? (2018) sets out seven strategic recommendations to drive creative activity in criminal justice settings and calls for “investment in local partnerships that enable cultural pathways for people to continue to engage in arts and cultural activities both in and on their release from prison.” This project provides a timely opportunity to put this recommendation in to action and encourage effective local partnerships.

Over the next 12 months in the Buckinghamshire region, the NCJAA will:

  • Reach out to key partners – such as prison governors, heads of learning and skills and local or specialist arts organisations
  • Scope current arts activity in local prisons
  • Develop new and existing regional networks
  • Hold a series of meetings and training events
  • Disseminate learning and best practice
  • Make investment recommendations to the Rothschild Foundation.

Get involved

The NCJAA wants to hear from artists, arts organisations, prison staff and policy-makers interested in arts in criminal justice settings in Buckinghamshire. If you would like to be involved please get in touch at info@artsincriminaljustice.org.uk


About the Rothschild Foundation

The Rothschild Foundation continues the philanthropic tradition of the Rothschild family and their longstanding support of the arts, heritage, environment and social welfare. Based at Waddesdon Manor, the Foundation operates two open grant programmes both focusing on Buckinghamshire. Collaboration is an important element of the Foundation’s work, and it engages with a wide variety of partners to develop activity for the benefit of its local community. The Rothschild Foundation continues its commitment to initiatives in criminal justice settings which support rehabilitation and desistance from crime.


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