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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.

Latest News

Announcing Lady Unchained as NCJAA co-chair as Anna Hermmann steps down

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance is delighted to announce Brenda Birungi aka Lady Unchained has been appointed as Co-Chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance in July 2022. Brenda has been actively involved with the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) for a number of years, joining the Alliance’s earlier Steering Group and becoming [...]

Liz and David’s mentoring story

Whilst applications come in for the 2022 scheme, we talked to mentor Liz, a theatre practitioner, and her mentee David, a prison officer, about what they got out of the scheme.

Clinks Annual Report 2020/21

Supporting, promoting and representing arts organisations in 2020-21


Free Writing Development Training

Training on writing reports, case studies, funding applications and self-expression The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) is excited to unveil its latest training programme for individuals and organisations delivering arts-based services and projects in the criminal justice system. Working in partnership with the Royal Literary Fund, a programme of free, two-part workshops will be […]

NCJAA Conference 2022: A new way of working – what does building back better look like for the arts in criminal justice?

The NCJAA welcomes you all to be part of this important discussion and to connect and learn about how we can move forward together in this new world.

Exhibition: Restricted views – creative outlooks

An innovative photography project by Novus learners from HMP Risley and HMP Thorn Cross is being showcased at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery.

Latest Opportunities

Applications open for NCJAA professional mentoring scheme 2022

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

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