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National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance

Our aim is to ensure the arts are used within the criminal justice system as a springboard for positive change.

We represent a network of over 900 individuals and organisations that deliver creative interventions to support people in prison, on probation and in the community, with impressive results.

We support this transformative work by providing a network and a voice for all the talented and creative people who are committed to making great art with people in the criminal justice system.

Join the conversation

The more we know about the challenges you are facing, as well as the innovative ideas and examples of what’s working well, the better we can represent, advocate for and support our network during Covid-19.


State of the sector survey 2021: share your experiences

If you’re involved in arts in criminal justice, tell us how you’ve been over the past year so we can represent your experiences with key decision makers.

Exploring new music genres on YouTube and prison TV

The Irene Taylor Trust’s ‘Playlists’ project, all about discovering new music, is now on YouTube and in prisons via Way Out TV

Prison security clearance lapses: are you affected?

If you have not been into a prison in the last 12 months, be sure to check whether your security clearance is still valid.


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‘The I and the We’: Koestler Arts annual exhibition

Koestler Arts’ UK exhibition is back at the Southbank Centre, with pieces reflecting on loss, relationships and prison life created during the pandemic.

Art in prison: online panel from Ripon Museums

An online panel from Ripon Museums will feature speakers from the voluntary sector, academia and the prison service.

Arts in criminal justice forum: probation

Join the NCJAA and others working in arts and criminal justice for a virtual forum focusing on probation.


Centre for Cultural Value Collaborate Fund

A new fund will support the development of collaborative research projects between the cultural sector and academic researchers.

Training: arts for restorative justice and mental health

A self-paced e-course from RJ4All International Institute for artists and professionals working in the cultural sector

Could you be the new NCJAA Chair?

We’re looking for someone to play a leading role in promoting and advocating for the arts and arts organisations working in the criminal justice system.