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    4 Prestigious Listowel Writers in Prison awards for PAF’s aspiring writers in HMP Magilligan
    Listowel have formally announced that HMP Magilligan writers have continued to do well in the all-Ireland completion winning four out of a possible twelve ‘Writers in Prison’ awards.

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    PAF’s Libération showcase event Crumlin Road Gáol a huge success
    On 14th March 2018 the Prison Arts Foundation held an event in Crumlin Road Gáol in Belfast called ‘Libération’.  It was an exhibition of art, writing and music by serving prisoners in HMP Maghaberry, HMP Magilligan, Hydebank Wood College and Women’s Prison and Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre.  This year’s showcase also featured art works, live performances and recordings of writing by mentees taking part in our new community arts based mentoring programme.

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    Launching ‘Building Foundations for Change through the Arts’
    An inquiry into the impact of participation in Prison Arts Foundation’s programmes by Dr Shelley Tracey.  The report explores the impact and benefits of our programmes, through the lenses of 14 particpants.  These include 6 individuals who have continued with their arts practice since release, and current members of our creative writing group in HMP Magilligan.
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    Joyous Koestler Awards ceremony HMP Magilligan & Winter Issue of TIME IN
    Excelling at the annual Koestler awards has become something of a tradition for our Creative Writing and Music groups in HMP Magilligan. This year was no exception and the ceremony held today in HMP Magilligan, Northern Ireland Prison Services’ medium to low security prison, sees the presentation of 17 Awards by PAF’s Executive Director Fred Caulfield.

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    PAF mark Tom McGonigle’s retirement with art work painted by a student in Hydebank Wood College
    Tom McGonigle has always appreciated the work we at the Prison Arts Foundation undertake with offenders within the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland.  With this in mind PAF commissioned a student who engages in our visual art workshops in Hydebank Wood College to create a piece of art to mark Tom’s retirement from his role as Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.

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    Arts Mentoring Mentee’s solo exhibition launch
    ‘The Fork in the Road’  exhibition by Catriona Johnston
    Launch night 13 December 2017  6:00pm – 8:00pm
    Open to the public 13-14 December 2017: Daily 10:30am – 5:30pm
    The Gallery , Playhouse Derry

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    Arts Mentoring pilot Case Study Zara* and Anne
    “Art is my lifeline” these are the words Zara uses to describe the impact which art-making made on her sense of self and career while she was in Hydebank Wood College.

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    Arts Mentoring programme review 2016/17
    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.

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    Artist in Residence programme review 2016/17
    Our 2016/17 programme was funded by Department for Justice through the Northern Ireland Prison Service, and additional workshops were supported by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland.  
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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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