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RTÉ Arts Tonight: Art Education in Prisons

14th February 2012

RTÉ's 'Arts Tonight' with Vincent Woods focused on art education in prisons in Ireland.

The programme visited open prison Loughan House, Co. Cavan, to speak to prisoners and staff, and also artist Jackie McKenna who provides sculpture workshops at Loughan House and Christy, who learned to sculpt in stone in his work with her. The programme also spoke with artist Brian Maguire, who has taught in every prison in Ireland as well as prisons abroad.

Donal Landers, who looks after education services in the Irish Prison Service, commented on arts education policy and managing the annual prison education budget of €1.265m.

Listen back to the programme here.