Artwork to free the mind


Artwork to free the mind
By Arts Coirrespondent @laoisnews

An exhibition of work by students of the Midlands Prison Education Centre is currently on display at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, centring on promoting positive mental health among the prison population.

The exhibition entitled 'Hallways of Hope', a selection of paintings, mosaics, drawings, ceramics, glass and multimedia artworks, was officially opened by artist Brian Maguire on Culture Night.

‘Hallways of Hope’ is an exhibition inspired by a cross curricular project in the Midlands Prison Education Centre. This project aims to reach as many prisoners as possible in order to promote positivity, hope and mental health awareness. The resulting artworks emerged from the question ‘What does hope mean to me?’

The art and craft works in themselves were intended to raise awareness of mental health issues and inspire hope.

The theme of hope was broadly interpreted and as a result we have a diverse range of art works including mosaics, pottery, paintings, drawings and glass. The project is on-going and this exhibition represents a selection of the range of work produced by the participants.

A reciprocal exchange of an artist visit to the prison is supported by Dunamaise Arts Centre and Culture Night.

The exhibition runs until October 15.