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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.


Clinks Annual Report 2020/21

Supporting, promoting and representing arts organisations in 2020-21

New film: life after punishment

A new film by the University of Plymouth features interviews with over 120 people about their experience of the criminal justice system.

2021 Koestler Awards: winners announced

The 2021 Koestler Awards celebrate arts, music and writing from criminal justice settings.


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Arts in criminal justice network forum: access to prisons

Join a range of speakers to discuss access challenges faced by arts practitioners working in secure settings.

Clinks annual conference and AGM 2021

This year’s conference takes place online over three days and is packed full of workshops, talks and panel discussions.

My Old Man: new play from imagine if

Theatre company imagine if’s latest production My Old Man goes on tour across the UK this autumn.


Applications open for NCJAA professional mentoring scheme 2022

Potential mentees and mentors are invited to apply for the scheme by 6th January 2022.

Subsidised coaching training for arts in criminal justice practitioners

The NCJAA is working in partnership with Guildhall School of Music and Drama to offer four places on the GSMD Core Skills in Coaching for Advisors, Mentors and Teachers training programme in 2022.

Centre for Cultural Value Collaborate Fund

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