Exhibition at Crumlin Rd Gaol of mixed media artworks by serving prisoners in Maghaberry Prison, Magilligan Prison and Hydebank Wood College.
Monday16th November 2015
Exhibition opens at 7.30pm
Thanks to funding received from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Arts Council NI PAF were able to pilot an innovative form of support to address the transition from custody into the community in Northern Ireland through our arts mentoring for people who have offended scheme.
Ann Marie Robinson and I have been running the Saturday Club in Hydebank College (formerly Hydebank Wood Young Offenders’ Centre) since April 2016. Ann Marie is a ceramicist. I am a writer.
Our attendees fall in to three categories: visitors from outside who have been directed through their church to Hydebank: young men prisoners: women prisoners of all ages. Our classes mix everyone together.
The Prison Arts Foundation has, in common with many other organisations, been subject to reduced funding. Within this environment our Chairman, Oliver Brannigan on behalf of the Board of Trustees wishes to acknowledge the support we have received from the many bodies we have named in our overview 2015/16. This support is all the more laudable when we recognise that they are also dealing with reduced circumstances.
Simon Community NI’s Portadown Project recently welcomed Garath Keating, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, along with other members of the community, at the launch of a new art installation created by clients staying in one of their temporary accommodation Projects in the area.