This year the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) will be hosting the 2023 Anne Peaker lecture online.
Join us as we honour and celebrate the work and legacy of Anne Peaker. We will be joined by member organisations, the people they support and individual artists as they share performances and arts created in, or inspired by, criminal justice.
Carl Cattermole, our keynote speaker, is an author and public speaker. In 2011 he wrote Prison: A Survival Guide, following his early release from a two-and-a-half-year sentence. In 2019 his book was re-released by Penguin, with new contributions from female and LGBT prisoners, making it more radical than ever. Labelled 'the cult guide to UK prisons', Carl’s book offers a comprehensive breakdown of the rules and jargon you may encounter when experiencing the criminal justice system. He actively campaigns against the unjust prison system.
About Anne Peaker
Anne Peaker was an artist and selfless advocate for the right of people on the margins of society to participate in the cultural life of the community. Above all, for her, that meant people living – often against their will – in public institutions including hospitals and prisons. The Anne Peaker Centre for Arts in Criminal Justice opened in 1996 and was operational for 14 years until the trustees of the charity wound up the work of the centre in 2010.
About the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance
The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) aims to ensure all those in the criminal justice system get access to arts and culture as a springboard to positive change. We do this by providing a network for artists, arts organisations and criminal justice practitioners delivering innovative work across the country. We influence policy, improve research, encourage effective practice and raise the profile of the arts in criminal justice sector. The NCJAA was born out of the closure of the Anne Peaker Centre for Arts and honours Anne Peaker’s extraordinary work in this field.