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Developing creative approaches in youth justice: A guide for youth justice professionals

Sandwell Youth Offending Service (YOS) and the Institute for Community Research and Development developed this good practice guide with the aim of helping others design and implement creative arts approaches [...]

Social prescribing in the criminal justice system – building the evidence base

This blog looks at the evidence for social prescribing, the approach being taken to support its growth across prisons and probation, and how you can get involved.

Sector Vacancies

Find the latest jobs and trusteeships in the arts and criminal justice sector via Clinks website

Sound Connections Innovate Fund 2023-24

Innovate 2023-24 applications are now open! If you are working with young people aged 0-25  through music then you can apply for support and investment of up to £2,000 to […]

The Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is delivering new funding for organisations that support people and communities under severe pressure because of the increased cost of living. Applications can be made […]

Arts Council England Capital Investment Programme 

Applications deadline Monday 3 July 2023 The Arts Council England Capital Investment Programme supports cultural organisations to adjust buildings and equipment so that they can operate safely post-pandemic and improve […]

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts Access and Participantion Fund

ARTS ACCESS AND PARTICIPATION FUND This Fund addresses inequalities of opportunity to access and participate in the arts. We want to support change in the way the arts are created, […]

Creative Scotland and Engage Scotland launch the Stephen Palmer Travel Bursary Fund 2023 

The Stephen Palmer Travel Bursary Fund provides support to freelancers / self-employed people working in the visual arts in Scotland, to connect with peers across the UK, and enhance their […]

Working and volunteering in prisons training

Are you new to working or volunteering in prisons? Do you have volunteers or staff members who want to increase their understanding of the prison system? Working or volunteering in […]

2023 Koestler Awards

2023 Koestler Awards Deadline: Thurs 6 April 2023 Share your visual art, writing, design or music in the 2023 Koestler Awards. This year’s Themed Category is ‘A Day in the […]

Centre for Cultural Value Collaborate Fund 

The Collaborate Fund from  The Centre for Cultural Value is an open-call funding programme awarding between £5,000 and £20,000 to successful arts, cultural, heritage and screen practitioners and organisations. The […]

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

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.

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.

Exhibition host roles for ex-prisoners

Koestler Arts is recruiting ex-prisoners for roles enhancing visitor experience at a national exhibition.

Koestler Arts looking for trustees

Prison arts charity Koestler Arts is looking for three new trustees with a passion for social justice and the power of art to change lives.

2021 NCJAA bursary scheme now open

We're pleased to announce that the 2021 NCJAA bursary scheme is now open to arts practitioners working in criminal justice settings looking to develop their practice. The bursary is a [...]

Opportunities and funding round-up – February 2021

We've rounded up February's arts in criminal justice jobs, callouts, funding and more for you below. Collective Power: 2021 CHWA awards call for submissions  Apply by 12th February Submissions are [...]

Clinks announces new Covid-19 winter support grants

Apply by 4th January The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a profound effect on voluntary organisations. To support organisations' long-term sustainability, Clinks has launched a new round of Covid-19 grants, [...]

Jobs and volunteering round-up – December 2020

We’ve rounded up  December’s jobs and opportunities for you to get involved in arts in criminal justice below. Opportunities for early career artists from low socio-economic backgrounds  Over 2020-2022, the […]

Opportunities round-up – December 2020

We've rounded up the latest funding, callouts, competitions and opportunities for December 2020 - find out more below. Thriving Communities Fund to support creative social prescribing activities Apply by 8th [...]

Join our team – we’re hiring a Development Officer

Please note this vacancy has now closed. Vacancy: Clinks, National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance – Development Officer Home based (ideally West Midlands), with an option of office space in Birmingham, […]

Research fellowship: BAME women in the criminal justice system

The Prison Reform Trust and the Barrow Cadbury Trust have partnered with The Griffins Society to support two research fellowships in 2020–21 focused on the treatment of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) […]

Nesta launches Arts and Culture Impact Fund

Nesta has launched a new impact investment fund for the UK’s arts, culture and heritage organisations. The Arts and Culture Impact Fund will invest in organisations of all sizes that […]

Want to deliver creative workshops in prisons?

The National Justice Museum is looking for two creative engagement practitioners to work on its three-year project developing and delivering creative workshops in prisons and with groups of people impacted […]

Community Plan For Holloway seeks female artist/performer

Community Plan For Holloway is an independent organisation working to ensure that local needs, rather than developer’s profits, are met through the redevelopment of the former Holloway women’s prison. This […]

Strategic grant for arts in criminal justice

HM Prison and Probation Service is offering a grant of up to £225,000 (awarded for a maximum of three years) to “increase offender engagement in a range of art activities.” […]

Koestler Awards 2020

This year’s Koestler Awards are now open for entries. The annual arts awards from Koestler Arts offer cash prizes, written feedback, certificates, mentoring, publication, exhibition and sale opportunities to people […]

Funding to tackle socio-economic diversity

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022 programme provides an opportunity for talent from socio-economic backgrounds that are currently under-represented across the arts to develop and thrive. A briefing paper gives […]

Music and mentoring vacancy

InHouse Records is an award-winning record label created with and by prisoners. Its aim is to create safer communities and reduce reoffending. The label is seeking a full-time InHouse Creative [...]

Geese is recruiting

Geese Theatre Company is a team of actors and group workers who present interactive drama and conduct workshops, staff training and consultation within the criminal justice system and wider social […]

HMPPS grant funding now open

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service’s (HMPPS) grant programme for 2020-2022 is now open for applications. The grants HMPPS is offering are for activity over two years (April 2020– March […]

Geese Theatre Company is recruiting

Geese Theatre Company is seeking one male Actor / Groupworker to join its Birmingham-based team. Geese Theatre Company is a team of actors and groupworkers that present interactive drama and […]

Introduction to playwriting course

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Synergy Theatre Project is recruiting for its latest Introduction to playwriting course. The course is for people with lived experience of the […]

Join our team

Please note this position is now closed Project Manager 4 days a week, £30,689 (FTE £37,849) London Closing date: 2nd September 2019, 5pm We are looking for an experienced Project […]

Call out for artists delivering work with young people in West Mercia

Do you provide arts programmes or activities for young people at risk of offending? Would you be interested in delivering work in Herefordshire, Shropshire or Worcestershire from 2020? Arts in […]

Join Inspiring Futures as a Research Associate

Please note this position is now closed The University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology seeks to appoint a Research Assistant/Associate [£26,243 – £39,609, full time, Cambridge] for a three-year programme […]

Koestler Arts is hiring ex-prisoner exhibition hosts

Koestler Arts is looking to recruit a group of ex-prisoners to invigilate its 2019 national exhibition alongside Southbank Centre’s own Host Team, 7 days a week for the 7-week run. […]

The Irene Taylor Trust is recruiting

Music and criminal justice charity The Irene Taylor Trust is recruiting for a Personal Development Coordinator [£24,000 – £27,000, London, full-time] to support participants from its programmes with ex-prisoners and young people facing challenging […]

Good Vibrations seek freelance music facilitators

Good Vibrations is looking for freelance facilitators to join its team, using communal music-making to support people with complex needs in challenging settings. Most well known for its use of Javanese […]

Safe Ground is hiring

Safe Ground is a national charity with over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering high quality programmes and interventions in custodial and community settings, using the arts to improve people’s […]

The Koestler Trust is hiring

The Koestler Trust encourages people in the criminal justice system to take part in music, writing, design, performance and the visual arts; and showcases this unique work to the public […]

Social impact funding launched for creative organisations in north of England

Following its announcement in November 2018, Sheffield-based social enterprise Key Fund has now launched a new fund open to creative and cultural organisations that provide a meaningful social impact in […]

Synergy Theatre Project is recruiting: Learning and Engagement Manager

Synergy Theatre Project is looking for a dynamic and highly motivated Learning and Engagement Manager [£33,000, full-time, London] to manage its Young People’s Programme, which involves touring productions into schools […]

Core funding for small charities

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has expanded its small grants policy to include running costs and other core funding expenses of small charities. The new offer awards unrestricted grants of up to £5,000 […]

Awarding those who support young people to manage conflict in their lives

Lighting the Fire is Leap‘s annual awards event that celebrates the young people, adults and organisations that excel at supporting young people to manage the conflict in their lives. Now […]

How are you finding the new education procurement system?

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Clinks and the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) would like to hear about your experiences of using the new online procurement system for education services, […]

Submit an exhibition proposal

The Prisons Mission of the Churches Together in Westminster (CTiW) last year organised a touring exhibition of artworks by prisoners in St James’s Piccadilly, the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church and St […]

Mentoring opportunity for arts and culture fundraisers

With funding from Arts Council England, the Institute of Fundraising has embarked on a four-year programme of support for fundraising and development professionals working within the arts, culture and heritage sector; RAISE : Arts, Culture […]

Pro-bono communications coaching and support

Transform Justice is offering pro-bono communications coaching and support to six organisations in the criminal justice voluntary sector. This is an opportunity for organisations to review and refine their approach […]

Fundraiser vacancy

National charity Good Vibrations is seeking an experienced Grants and Trusts Fundraiser [£28,000 – £31,000, part-time, flexible] to join the team. Good Vibrations uses communal music-making to support people with complex […]

Rehabilitation through entrepreneurship

Grow Inspires is looking for budding entrepreneurs who have been in contact with the criminal justice system to attend courses in Bristol in April 2019. Funding from the Big Lottery […]

FACT announce artist open-call for criminal justice project

FACT Liverpool is seeking to commission an artist, art collective or design studio with experience of designing participatory learning experiences to create and produce a ‘Knowledge Library’ – the first commissioned […]

Opportunities for former prisoners

The Prisoners’ Education Trust share work, research, training, volunteering, learning or speaking opportunities specifically aimed at people who have been in contact with the criminal justice system. It currently includes opportunities […]

Clean Break seek Development Manager

Clean Break theatre company is looking for a Development Manager. The post is in the Development and Communications Team and plays an integral role in cultivating Clean Break’s development opportunities. […]

Funding for music with disadvantaged women and girls

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has opened applications to the Tampon Tax Fund. The fund allocates money generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to […]

Clinks seek health and justice policy co-ordinator

Clinks, the national charity for voluntary organisations in the criminal justice system in England and Wales, is looking for a Development Officer – Health and Justice (30 hours a week, £31,401 pro rata) […]

Birmingham fund to tackle gangs and violence

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is to spend £250,000 ensuring Birmingham children don’t get involved in gangs and violence. David Jamieson is inviting all community and voluntary sector […]

Awards for prisoner re-integration

Prison Reform Trust has announced the launch of the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-integration, which celebrates outstanding rehabilitative work with prisoners done by a charity or community group. Dominique […]

Clinks is hiring

Clinks, the national charity for voluntary organisations in the criminal justice system in England and Wales, is looking for a Membership and Events Officer (full-time, £26,470 plus 6% pension contribution) to join […]

Give A Book is looking for an Administrator

Give A Book is recruiting for a highly-organised Administrator to become a key member of the team on a part time basis (two days per week). The innovative, fast-growing UK charity started […]

Clean Break is hiring

Clean Break theatre company is looking to fill new roles of Philanthropy Manager, Engagement Producer and Creative Associate. The Philanthropy Manager post is an exciting opportunity to join the Development and Communications Team […]

Vacancies at Irene Taylor Trust

The Irene Taylor Trust is looking for a new Community Projects Coordinator and Business Development Manager to join its team in Borough, London. The charity is small, but with big ambition, determined […]

Geese Theatre Company is hiring

Birmingham based Geese Theatre Company are looking for one male and one female actor / groupworker to join their team and deliver across the full range of performance, workshop and groupwork […]

Nesta launch Cultural Impact Development Fund

Following its Arts Impact Fund, Nesta has announced an innovative, new social impact investment fund for socially-driven arts, cultural and creative organisations – the Cultural Impact Development Fund (CIDF). Over a […]

£3 million investment for creative organisations across the North

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has today announced more than £3 million will be invested to support creative and cultural organisations across the Northern Powerhouse. Sheffield-based social enterprise Key […]

Odd Arts seek Assistant Drama Worker

Odd Arts is recruiting for an Assistant Drama worker [£16,500 pro rata, Manchester, part-time]. The successful candidate will support, assist and co-deliver creative projects in community, education and criminal justice […]

Directing course for people with experience of the criminal justice system

26th – 30th November London Free Synergy Theatre Project is offering a free directing course to those with experience of the criminal justice system. Through practical exercises, theatre trips and […]

HMP Grendon and Ikon seek new artist in residence

Ikon is inviting artists to apply for a three-year residency at HMP Grendon. It follows on from artist Edmund Clark’s residency (2014-2018), which culminated in the Ikon exhibition and publication In […]

Supporting women to engage with their families and reduce reoffending

Clinks is seeking written evidence on how supporting women in contact with the criminal justice system (CJS) to engage with their families can lower recidivism, aid rehabilitation and assist in addressing intergenerational crime. […]

Funding for Arts Awards

The Arts Award Access Fund provides grants of between £100 – £1,500 to centres working on Arts Award projects with young people where access and inclusion is an issue – including youth justice settings. […]

Art competition for young people

Youth Justice Board is putting on a youth justice convention in Leicester on 27th and 28th November, and is holding an art work competition for children in the youth justice system (10 […]

Synergy is recruiting

Two exciting opportunities to work with Synergy Theatre Project producing a high quality arts programme within the criminal justice system and in leading theatres. Synergy is looking for highly motivated and […]

Arts Award webinar

Would you like to get more guidance and top tips on delivering Arts Award with young people at risk of offending? Trinity College London’s free webinar, taking place on Tuesday 2nd October […]

Funding for London community projects

Culture Seeds is a two-year rolling programme from the Mayor of London. Applicants can apply at any time (up until spring 2020) for funding between £1,000 – £5,000. The fund is part of […]

Consultant for reading programme in women’s prisons

The Reading Agency are a looking for a freelance consultant [UK, £4,000 inclusive of VAT and expenses, 16 days] to run a series of focus groups with women in prison […]

Become a member of Clean Break

Clean Break are recruiting members for the 2018/19 season of their free specialist theatre programme – starting in September. Members receive a foundation of learning and skills in theatre performance, […]

Fine Cell Work post-release programme

Fine Cell Work has a post-release Open the Gate Programme for people with convictions who want to learn more about the textiles industry. If you work with someone who would […]

Music in Detention vacancy

Music in Detention (MID) are recruiting for a Communications and Public Engagement Manager [£34,000, part-time, London] to lead the development of MID’s communications work and activities to engage the public and […]

New Prison Education Contracts

The Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) contracts come to an end in March 2019, making way for a new era of governor-led education commissioning. The Ministry of Justice’s new […]

Creative Producer vacancy at FACT, Liverpool

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is a media art centre based in Liverpool, hosting a diverse programme of activities in its galleries, lab spaces and cinemas. They are […]

Prison Radio Association are hiring a producer

The Prison Radio Association run National Prison Radio, the world’s first national radio station for prisoners, and current Independent Production Company of the Year. They are looking for an exceptional Radio Producer [£23,000 […]

Unlocked Graduates look for arts placements

Do you have a project that needs some dedicated time and resource? Could you benefit from the expertise of a frontline prison officer passionate about rehabilitation? Unlocked Graduates are offering […]

Job vacancy at Koestler Trust

The Koestler Trust are looking for someone exceptional, with proven practical skills and knowledge in at least one of the artforms they work with, for a key role in their arts […]

Clean Break are looking for an Executive Director

An exceptional opportunity has arisen for an experienced woman cultural leader to join Clean Break as it launches its new business model in the run up to an ambitious year […]

We’re hiring

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) are recruiting for a Development Officer to develop new and diverse networks outside of London (initially in the West Midlands and North West). 2.5 […]

Calling all women poets/writers: Joelle Taylor in partnership with Safe Ground

The Night Alphabet: A mentoring opportunity Joelle Taylor, leading spoken word artist and performance coach, is working with Safe Ground to offer a unique opportunity to a woman with demonstrable […]

HMPPS Innovation grants launching

HM Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) has launched the Innovation grant funding programme for 2018-2020. The programme awards one-off grants to enable the voluntary sector to contribute to better outcomes […]

Drama and Employability skills course for prisoners

Imagine If Theatre Company are a charity and theatre company who use drama to make an active difference to people’s lives. They work with prisoners, former prisoners and people from […]

Artist with experience of criminal justice system sought for paid commission

Loved Up Fudge Ltd is a fudge manufacturer established in 2017 that gives half of its profits to Working Chance, the UK’s only charitable recruitment consultancy for female former prisoners […]

Call out for members engaging with design focused prison projects

A group is forming of creatives working specifically on design projects that run in prison. Would you be interested in joining teams from Makeright at Central Saint Martins; Making for […]

NCJAA Bursary Scheme for emerging artists

Please note this scheme is now closed. We know how a lack of funding, even small sums, can be a significant barrier to pursuing creativity and our experience is that […]

Submit a research or evaluation report for inclusion in our Evidence Library

We are looking for new research and evaluation reports on the impact of arts in criminal justice settings to publish in our Evidence Library. The Evidence Library is an online […]

Call out for submissions for a new book on how people with learning disabilities experience the Criminal Justice System

Following the book and national exhibition ‘Great Interactions’, which captured images and stories of people with learning disabilities and autism in educational and care settings, award-winning photographer Polly Braden and […]

Image courtesy of Geese Theatre Company