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Education, Arts and Sports in Prison

Peggy - JB, Portlaoise PrisonFacilities for education and the arts in prison are provided by the Prison Education Service, which consists of a partnership between the Irish Prison Service and a range of educational agencies from the community.

A number of programmes are co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, including the Writers in Prison scheme and the Visual artists in prisons scheme. Some information about the Prison Education Service is available on the IPS website.

Further information on prisoner education and associated news and events is available from Prison Education News, a website run by the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee's (CDVEC) Educational Service to Prisons.

News and media items on arts (music, drama, visual art) and sports in prison are included below.

Image taken from a gallery of art work by prisoners. See: www.pesireland.org

Guardian: Good things can happen in our prisons 1st June 2010

Erwin James reflects on his turning point in prison, the introduction to philosophy. Read more

Guardian: Homeless people and prisoners to exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show 18th May 2010

A collaboration between the Eden Project and homeless people and prisoners is creating Chelsea's largest ever garden. Read more

Guardian: Theatre project leads to West End stage for ex-prisoners 14th April 2010

The transformative power of theatre has been harnassed to provide a lifeline for some prisoners. Read more

UK: Crafts in Prison 25th March 2010

A quilt hand-crafted by prisoners has taken pride of place in an exhibition at London's V&A museum. Read more

UK: Professional Dance Training for Young Offenders 24th February 2010

UK project 'Dance United' sees reduction in reoffending rates for those young people participating. Read more

UK: Prisoners' Education Trust 19th February 2010

Prisoners' Education Trust provides learning opportunities for offenders in custody to broaden their horizons and to focus on a more positive life on release. Read more

Guardian: Appreciating the Magic of the Moors 19th February 2010

Landscape and literature are the tools of change for some young offenders in England. Read more

What keeps prisoners from learning? 16th February 2010

Even when offenders have the courage to undertake a course in prison, there are many barriers to overcome Read more

Art Behind Bars 9th February 2010

An interesting way of harnessing the creative talent of juvenile offenders. Read more

Fine Cell Work: Rehabilitation through Craftwork 3rd December 2009

Fine Cell Work is a registered charity in the UK established in 1995. The charity teaches needlework to prisoners in UK prisons. The aim of the charity is to rehabilitate prisoners. Fine Cell Work supply materials and volunteer instructors to allow prisoners to carry out embroidery in their cells. Read more