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)


‘Hello’ means nothing

‘goodbye’ less

it’s not real you see

appearing through

the plastic box

within which

my family are encased, entombed

trapped like me

sensation lost

all feelings void—

a hug, a kiss

so desperately missed.

HMP Magilligan

3rd Prize Poetry Theme ‘Lockdown’, Prison Arts Foundation, 2020

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