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2015 NI exhibition at Crumlin Road Gaol
Curated by PAF artists in residence
Launch date: Monday 16th November 7:30pm, by invitation only
Opened by Sue McAllister Director General, Northern Ireland Prison Service
Reception – Governor Corridor
Exhibition – Circle and C-wing
The main exhibition opens to the public from 17th – 29th November in the scullery area.
Visitor Attraction & Conference Centre, 53-55 Crumlin Road, Belfast, BT14 6ST
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.
We hope that you, the viewer will see that participation in the arts is a powerful learning tool and catalyst for the personal and social transformation of an individual. Alongside the artistic work produced, participation in these creative arts projects has engaged offenders in a constructive activity which PAF believe assists personal development through the promotion of positive relationships, the tolerance and acceptance of others, collaborative group work and self-reflection. Our projects aim to bring about a reduction in re-offending through the development of new skills, artistic and transferable, which assist employment and community integration.
Audience comments –
“Wow! What expression of talent… Congrats to PAF and participants. Would love to be able to create opportunities, post release to inspire our clients.”
“A fantastic collection of art from a group of underappreciated artists. A fabulous project giving opportunities to showcase such works to the public. Well done PAF.”
“Excellent exhibition, the quality of work is the best PAF show I have seen. The range of medium subject and style is fantastic. The poetry is deep and meaningful and displayed very well. Many of these are remarkable works and I hope you keep up with this upon release.”
“Great idea, and genuinely, some incredible work. There’s an artist in us all. I had the fortunate pleasure to unbiasedly view the work before I knew who and where it came from. Art is for all.”
“One of the most impressive art exhibitions I have seen in a long time. Creativity and talent jumps from every piece.”