The Prison Arts Foundation was founded as a charitable trust in November 1996 after extensive discussions between our 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 Arts Forum.

Its aims are to create, both individually and in partnership, access to the arts for all prisoners, ex-prisoners, young offenders and ex-young offenders in Northern Ireland. 

"Change is at the heart of rehabilitation and participation in the arts is a powerful learning tool and catalyst for the personal and social transformation of an individual.

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    Journey exhibition on the road…

    Journey presents a selection of works in an amazing variety of media created over the past year by men and women held in Northern Ireland’s prisons as well as those on non-custodial community sentences.  First shown in November at the Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast the Prison Arts Foundation has taken the exhibition to Belfast City Hall.

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    It’s all going on in ‘The Barn’ at Hydebank College

    The Department for Justice and Arts Council in Northern Ireland support the delivery of the Prison Arts Foundation’s Artist in Residence programme.  Throughout the year we showcase the works made by the serving prisoners in our workshops.  Over the next two weeks PAF in partnership with Hydebank College will be showcasing student’s artworks in ‘The Barn’ to coincide with their exciting Christmas Fayre.

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