In 2019, Rua Red is partnering with the Irish Prison Service to bring the first exhibition of work by people who have been incarcerated within Ireland to a contemporary art space.
The work is being selected and curated by Irish artist Brian Maguire from the 13 Irish prisons and post-release programmes and projects. Work within the exhibition has been created in classes taught by teachers and in workshops with visiting artists as part of the Artists in Prisons Scheme. Here, experienced professional visual artists and writers work closely with prisoners in the creation of new works.
Maguire has a wealth of experience in working within the prison system for more than 20 years. This exhibition marks the 30th anniversary of the Artists and Writers in Prisons Scheme in Ireland. The process and the context in which the work is produced and selected is integral to the project. As curator and selector, Maguire will provide this key information through talks and through the medium of video.
Alongside the exhibition, Rua Red is hosting an extensive education programme to create new ways for people to engage with the work through talks, workshops, and a panel event. An anthology of prisoners' writings is set to be published in print alongside the exhibition. There will also be a catalogue to accompany the work.
Following the exhibition launch in Rua Red, the exhibition is planned to tour to the Hunt Museum in Limerick.