Inspiring creativity and encouraging personal and social change through the arts

The Prison Arts Foundation is as important as it is unique. Thanks to our pioneering work with people with convictions lives are being transformed and patterns of behaviour changed for good.

Our team of experienced professional artists working across the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland are offering people with convictions a life-line, helping to improve their creative and communications skills, which is key to personal and social development, building self-confidence and unlocking people’s potential.

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Writing (Poetry)


Isn’t it ironic what can inspire us

their decision to solitary confine us

from the fear of death that happened last century

an instant pandemic, we now fight in 2020

life’s a circle

it always comes around

to our destination

the fear and isolation

unity and inspiration we found

it came from the government’s persistence

for all of us to socially distance

who knew something so small

invisible to the eye

could define us

unknown, like this poem

it was plain and simply a virus.

HMP Magilligan

2nd Prize Poetry Themed ‘Lockdown’, Prison Arts Foundation, 2020

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