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Inspiring Futures


We are partnered with the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, and eight arts organisations working in the criminal justice sector. The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) represents a network of over 900 individuals and organisations that deliver creative interventions to support people in the criminal justice system. The NCJAA team are heading up the Inspiring Futures arts programme. The Inspiring Futures project partners are:


Clean Break – a women's theatre company using theatre to effect positive change in the lives of women with experience of the criminal justice system. Their work includes theatre workshops in prisons and in the community, and writing and performing drama that highlights women's experiences. 

Geese Theatre Company – a team of theatre practitioners who present interactive theatre and facilitate drama-based groupwork, working with people involved in the criminal justice and social welfare settings, and professionals who work in these areas.

Good Vibrations – a charity using communal music-making to support people in challenging circumstances. Their work includes running Indonesian gamelan music projects with people in the criminal justice system.

Helix Arts – a not-for-profit creative business working collaboratively with artists across a wide range of art forms to give creative and artistic opportunities to those who currently have the least opportunity to participate.

Irene Taylor Trust – a music organisation working collaboratively with some of the most vulnerable and excluded individuals in society, including those in prison and ex-prisoners, to create original music.

Open Clasp – a women's theatre company in the north of England with a national and international reach, who collaborate with women to create powerful professional theatre pieces which are performed to wide-ranging audiences, bringing personal, social and political change.

Only Connect – a creative criminal justice charity working with men and women in the criminal justice system, focusing particularly on through-the-gate work. Their music project involves writing, producing, recording and music promotion and marketing.

Koestler Arts is a leading UK prison arts charity that encourages people in the criminal justice system to change their lives by participating in the arts. Koestler run exhibitions and events showcasing the artwork, enabling the public to witness the diverse range of voices, stories and talent. Koestler will be involved in showcasing the Inspiring Futures work.


Inspiring Futures is a 3-year research project investigating the impact and meaning of arts projects in the criminal justice system. It is an independent research project, embedded into the Inspiring Futures programme run by the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, investigating the work of a number of arts partner organisations. It is funded by the ESRC.

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