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Inspiring Futures

Inspiring Futures


Inspiring Futures has been an ambitious programme of work led by the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) delivered over 3 years. The Inspiring Futures project was a unique collaboration bringing together leading arts in criminal justice organisations and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology.

Through a ground-breaking artistic programme in prisons and the community with embedded participative research, the programme addressed why arts interventions impact on the lives of people in the criminal justice system and how to optimise the effect.

In March 2023 the NCJAA showcased the work and achievements of the project through a week long exhibition at Rich Mix, London which has been recreated in this online virtual exhibition for audiences to access remotely. The legacy of the project will build upon the outcomes shared in this exhibition through our policy influencing channels, ensuring what works on the ground is converted into lasting policy change.

With thanks to all our Inspiring Futures arts partners; Clean Break, Open Clasp, Helix Arts, Geese Theatre, Only Connect, Good Vibrations, The Irene Taylor Trust and Koestler Arts and our project funders Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Economic and Social Research Council.

Image courtesy of Dance United archive