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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The Prison Arts Foundation exists thanks to charitable donations from businesses, trusts and foundations, and individuals. With your help, we can inspire creativity and confidence in more men, women and young people in the criminal justice system.

Our Supporters

Thank you to all of our supporters.

To achieve our goals we rely on the generosity of our supporters and donors, and we are enormously grateful for all gifts.

Thank you to all the individuals and organisations who support our work. Your help allows us to reach and inspire some of society’s most marginalised individuals, providing motivation and opportunity to showcase their positive achievements.

  • Major Supporters
    • Department of Justice
    • Northern Ireland Prison Service
    • Arts Council for Northern Ireland
  • Trusts and Foundations
    • ARN Foundation
    • Bromley Trust
    • Community Foundation NI
    • Halifax Foundation
    • National Lottery Community Fund
    • Paul Hamlyn Foundation
    • Pilgrim Trust
    • Santander Foundation
    • Triangle Trust
  • Organisations & Businesses
    • Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
    • Belfast City Council
    • Belfast Metropolitan College
    • Community Sports Network
    • Extern
    • Irish Prison Service
    • John Hewitt Society
    • Koestler Arts
    • Listowel Writers’ Week
    • Libraries NI
    • Mid Ulster District Council
    • Mount Stewart – National Trust
    • NIACRO
    • North West Regional College
    • Northern Bridge Humanities Research Council
    • On Point Printing
    • Organised Crime Taskforce
    • Presbyterian Church Ireland
    • Probation Board NI
    • Quaker Service
    • Queens University Belfast
    • Reading Agency
    • Simon Community NI
    • South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust
    • Start360
    • The MAC

Regular Giving

Make an ongoing difference to our work

Regular donations are extremely important to us, and make a real, lasting difference to our work. They allow us to plan for the future and organise long-term projects because we know we can rely on a steady stream of income.
Our supporters help us provide workshops and exhibition opportunities to prisoners, secure patients, and those serving community sentences each year.

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“PAF has made my time in prison more productive. I feel that anyone who could continue anything as positive as what the foundation offer will have a better chance of becoming and remaining a valuable member of any community”

PAF student

One-off Donations

Donate now to help us continue our work

We are hugely grateful to everyone who helps us celebrate achievement in the arts by individuals who are often side-lined or voiceless.

Your support will help us reach and motivate more prisoners, secure patients and those serving community sentences each year to take part in the arts, learning the skills and gaining the confidence to lead creative, positive and productive lives.

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PAF’s programmes “helps us (prisoners) to establish ourselves within the creative/exhibition community, instead of being linked to our offending pasts”

PAF student

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“The Prison Arts Foundation provides an important therapeutic service in the custodial setting. The work conducted by a range of talented artists not only gives disengaged participants the opportunity to acquire new creative skills, but has been shown to improve their self-confidence. This can be the first step towards positive engagement with other interventions available to people in custody aimed at supporting their resettlement and rehabilitation. Research tells us that it is important for people to take responsibility for their behaviour and develop skills which ultimately support their successfully rehabilitation and reintegration back into the community.”

Louise Cooper, Former Acting Director of Rehabilitation, Northern Ireland Prison Service

“I am a strong supporter of the work of the Prison Arts Foundation because I have seen the benefits it delivers in each of our prisons. Many people have developed talents that were otherwise latent; and their work has been displayed with pride, winning awards and public admiration. The PAF has been creative and flexible in responding to prisoners’ interests, supporting traditional and innovative art formats. It has brought colour, music and energy into prison life, and the therapeutic benefits of its contribution are significant. It is worthy of financial and moral support and I wish everyone well who participates in PAF activities.”

Tom McGonigle, Former Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland