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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.

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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.


Voices from prison: e-book and short film from Clean Break

A new e-book from Clean Break features creative writing pieces by women from prisons across England and Wales.

Nominations open: CJA Awards & CJA Media Awards

The CJA Awards celebrate the outstanding individuals and organisations helping to make the criminal justice system fairer.

Reopening for everyone: guidelines from Arts Council England

Arts Council England has issued guidelines on how arts organisations can continue to operate in a safe and accessible way.


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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.

Is Anyone There? Outdoor theatre by prison leavers in Leeds

Theatre company imagine if’s new show devised by prison leavers debuts this August.


Introduction to playwriting – Synergy Theatre

Synergy Theatre are inviting people with experience of the criminal justice system to take part in a free playwriting course.

No Bars’ online creative space

The No Bars project is inviting creatives with experience of the criminal justice system to join them online for creative writing, chat and networking.

Seminar for music in detention researchers/students

Post-grad students and early career researchers with an interest in music in detention are invited to share their research experience at the 4th SIMM seminar.