Alternative Ways of Seeing

Tuesday 19 March – Saturday 27 April 2024
Spike Island Story | Alternative Ways of Seeing | Tuesday 19 March – Saturday 27 April 2024 | RUA RED | Image: Spike Island Story | photo; near the camera, a bit to the left in the image, is a vase on a grey pedestal; the vase is predominantly coloured turquoise, but there is a scene on it in a large vignette of what may be a protest or a victory of some sort; behind, on a wall, ther is a black-framed drawing of a black head; the room itself, painted grey, appears to be in an old building

Curated by Eddie Cahill

This is the first exhibition of artwork by people-in-custody since the pandemic, curated by artist Eddie Cahill, a former prisoner, and an inspirational figure in the world of prison arts. The work was made in classrooms and cells in fourteen prisons in the Republic, one prison in Northern Ireland and in post-release centres. Cahill visited prisons to meet prisoner artists, and his lived experience of incarceration and the therapeutic power of art to overcome trauma informs his selection. The exhibition reflects how the absorbing activity of making art changes lives, boosts self-esteem and improves attitudes, leading to a reduction in offending behaviour and reduced recidivism. Prisoners work independently, with teachers and with visiting artists, producing deeply symbolic drawings, fascinating landscapes, time consuming models, colourful and creative work in ceramics, fabrics, glass, typography, printmaking, leather, stone, metal and wood, and a highlight of the exhibition is a model made of bread.

Image: Spike Island Story
Tuesday 19 March – Saturday 27 April 2024
South Dublin Arts Centre
Tallaght, Dublin 24
Telephone: +353 1 451 5860
Opening hours / start times:
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Admission / price: Free

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