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Season’s Greetings from the NCJAA

Season’s Greetings from the NCJAA

Season’s Greetings from the NCJAA

Throughout 2022 arts organisations and artists have time and again shown resilience, adaptability and determination in a time of change and resurgence of activity for the arts in criminal justice sector, and it has been an honour to work alongside you.

The NCJAA has continued to meet online throughout the year for our Arts in Criminal Justice network forums, and more recently in person at the Clinks annual conference which was opened by NCJAA Co-Chair, Lady Unchained, and featured Ashleigh Nugent from Rise-Up CIC. Over 2022 our team transformed as Abi Lunn joined as Support and Engagement Officer in the summer and Lorraine Maher took over as Manager in Autumn whilst Janette Kilner takes maternity leave. We are looking forward to starting off the new year with more training in our Writing Development series delivered in partnership with Royal Literary Fund, and the many other events and opportunities lined up for 2023.

The NCJAA has thrived in 2022 thanks to your engagement and we are proud to highlight some of our achievements:

  • Supported 10 arts in criminal justice practitioners to develop their practice through our bursary scheme
  • Provided free training to over 250 individuals including subsidised access to accredited courses through Guild Hall School of Music and Drama
  • Paired seven sector experts with mentees through our mentoring programme
  • Promoted over 70 jobs and opportunities via our network of newsletter subscribers
  • Increased our knowledge base, including additional resources and case studies.

More reflections on Clinks’ and the NCJAA’s achievements are collated in Clinks’ Annual report & financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2022.

We wish you all a happy and restful holiday season – we will be out of the office from 23 December until 3 January 2023 but occasionally monitoring social media. See you all in 2023!

Save the date: Anne Peaker lecture 2023
21 February 2023 | online
Anne Peaker was a pioneer of arts for, and by, people in the criminal justice system. Our annual lecture honours her work and legacy, which forms the basis of the work we do today. The 2023 Anne Peaker lecture will bring voices from the arts in criminal justice to an online audience. Booking opens January 2023, updates will be shared in the January newsletter.

Save the date: NCJAA Festival of Arts in Criminal Justice: Inspire
21 March 2023 | Rich Mix, London
The NCJAA are hosting a one-day festival of arts in criminal justice, featuring a showcase of the Inspiring Futures project and a gathering of network members at Rich Mix, London in March 2023. The day will bring together our network of sector specialists and stakeholders to share and reflect on the impact and future sustainability of being an arts practitioner in criminal justice settings. More information including how to book will be released in January 2023.

Featured image credit: Lady Unchained at Clinks Conference 2022, Photographer: Ian Cuthbert