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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    HMP Magilligan Scoops 3 Writers Prizes in Listowel

    HMP Magilligan writers scooped three 1st prizes in the Listowel Writer’s Week under Writing in Prison category, 2016. This builds on their 2015 achievements when three awards were received and one award in 2014. This year’s entrants gained 1st prize in the Short Story Advanced and Intermediate Category, as well as 1st place in Poetry Getting Started.

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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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