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  • Writer Carlo Gébler pens powerful article on the Saturday Club initiative in Hydebank Wood College
    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.

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    Showcasing the talent and achievements of Koestler entrants 2016
    Each year the Prison Arts Foundation like so many other organisations who value the work of the Koestler Trust, encourage our workshop participants to submit applications to their Awards.
    So why do we do this, read on to find out.

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    PAF’s programme overview 2015/16
    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.

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    ‘Inspiring Change’ Art Showcase in partnership with Simon Community NI
    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.

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    Hydebank Wood College’s entry ‘a blooming construction’ wins big
    Inspiring Change in the Community – Hydebank Wood College’s entry wins ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Gold’ awarded at the Garden Show Ireland 2016

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    HMP Magilligan Scoops 3 Writers Prizes in Listowel
    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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    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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    JOURNEY
    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.

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