[Events] OUT at The Hunt Museum

Gabriella.Hanrahan Gabriella.Hanrahan at staffmail.ul.ie
Wed Feb 24 13:40:04 GMT 2010






The Hunt Museun in partnership with The Irish Prison Service






The National Prison Education Art Exhibition

At The Hunt Museum, Limerick


Opening Night Wednesday 24th February at 5pm



Exhibition runs from Thursday 25th February 2010 - Sunday 21st March



Special Guest Opening Speaker


Director General 

The Irish Prison Service

Mr. Brian Purcell





The exhibition OUT is the culmination of artistic work created by
prisoners from prisons throughout Ireland. It also includes work from
Post release projects, - 'Pace' and the 'Pathways Project', Dublin.


The works on display in the exhibition cover a broad variety of art
forms including paintings, drawings, sculpture, lino prints, mosaic,
jewellery, photography, video and pottery.


Today there are 3,976 persons in Prison across 14 Prisons throughout
Ireland. Participation by prisoners in education courses/programmes is
on a voluntary basis in all institutions. 


Prison education aspires to offer a 'broad curriculum', encompassing
academic subjects, Physical Education, Health/Social education and
literacy/numeracy courses. 


Art /Craft /Design courses are an integral part of the curriculum in
each of the Education Units. The most popular arts are the visual arts,
music, writing and drama.


Those teachers who deliver such courses within Prison based Education
Units are employed by respective County based Vocational Education
Committees, under the auspices of the Department of Education and


On occasion, structured teaching activity in the area of the arts is
augmented and enhanced by workshops delivered by professional Artists,
working in specific areas of the Creative Arts. The Arts Council and the
Irish Prison Service jointly fund this scheme, called the 'Artist in
Prison' scheme. These workshops are of tremendous benefit to the
Prisoner, enhancing key skills areas, which enable them to further
develop their proficiency in a particular area of the arts. The Irish
Prison Service also works in partnership with the National College of
Art and Design, in respect to delivery of planned, structured
educational inputs to the enhancement and development of particular
concepts within designated areas of the arts. 


Persons in prison engage with the arts in Prison, for a variety of
reasons. For many it will facilitate formalising of skills learned
previously, for which they here to fore, had no formal
certification/validation. For others it may be their first opportunity
to work in this area. The attainment of skills, knowledge and
certification, which is to be welcomed and encouraged is but one facet
of the benefits of participation in the many arts programmes available.
The benefits, sometimes uncertifiable are of equal importance such as
learning to work on ones own initiative, working as part of a team,
anger management skills, Respect and acknowledgment of other people,
patience and understanding. These are all personal skills/attributes
which are enriched and enhanced by participation in the arts programmes
available in the Prisons. 


This exhibition is an opportunity for the Irish Prison Service to put on
public view a sample of the many excellent items of work being produced
in each of the Prison Education Units. 


Veronica Hoen, Art Development Worker, for further details 

Email; veronica_hoen at eircom.net


Naomi O'Nolan, Exhibition Coordinator & Administrator, The Hunt Museum

Tel: 061 490084   Email; naomi at huntmuseum.com 






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