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Adele Campbell

Profile summary:
The Prison Arts Foundation was founded as a charitable trust in November 1996 after extensive discussions between our main stakeholders the Northern Ireland Prison Service, the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Community Relations Council and the Community Arts Forum. Its aims are to create, both individually and in partnership, access to the arts for all within the Criminal Justice system in Northern Ireland. “Change is at the heart of rehabilitation and 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 the arts engages offenders in constructive activity which assists personal development through the promotion of positive relationships, the tolerance and acceptance of others, collaborative group work and self-reflection. It supports a reduction in re-offending through the development of new skills, artistic and transferrable, which assist employment and community integration."

Company name:
Prison Arts Foundation

Region in which you operate:
Outside England & Wales: Northern Ireland

Services for groups:

  • Women
  • Men
  • Young people
  • People with mental health needs

Where services are delivered:

  • An arts setting (gallery, museum, theatre etc)
  • Prisons
  • The community
  • Health settings
  • Community settings (such as probation and YOT)
  • Other community groups

Art forms:

  • Creative writing
  • Music
  • Visual arts (including painting, drawing and sculpture)
  • Drama / theatre
  • Dance
  • Multi-media
  • Other visual arts
  • Film
  • Web and social media
  • Craft
  • Other