In 1991 the Northern Ireland Office appointed a Drama Specialist to work in the Prison Service.  Over the next few years the Northern Ireland Prison Service allowed a number of artistic ventures led by artists brought into prison to work with prisoners producing work and by bringing in artists to perform or show their work inside.
The Prison Arts Foundation (PAF) was founded as a charitable trust in November 1996 after extensive discussions between the main stakeholders: the Northern Ireland Prison Service, the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Community Relations Council and the Community
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