Yesterday the Hunt Museum and Limerick Prison Education Unit took great pleasure in presenting the Bedford Row Project with a cheque for €1500. This will help them cover some of their Children’s Club running costs. This amount was generated in Summer 2018 from the sale of ‘Family Links’ exhibition artworks at the Hunt Museum. The artwork sold was created by Learners in Limerick Prison Education Unit and by the children at the Bedford Row Project.
The ‘Family Links’ exhibition, which was launched by Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, was inspired by the Year of the Family. This was celebrated in August as part of Pope Francis papal visit to Ireland. This occasion saw many families from all over the world travel to Dublin to share their experiences, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to celebrate the relationship between home, school and parish. Each of these themes are highly relevant to those who created artwork for and attended the Family Links exhibition which include; mothers, fathers, children, carers and grandparents whose family relationships are greatly impacted by imprisonment. Bedford Row Family Project provides them with different supports enabling them to build and strengthen their links with family.
Speaking on behalf of the Hunt Museum, Maria Cagney, Curator of Education and Outreach commented ‘the museum greatly values the relationships we have developed with Limerick Prison and Bedford Row. In fact, in recent months we have been building on these. Children from Bedford Row have participated in the Museum’s Connect & Create project and have also accessed places in our Summer Camp. We believe it is important to offer all marginalised families the opportunity to participate in the cultural life of our City.”
In October 2019, the Hunt Museum in conjunction with the Irish Prison Service will present an exhibition of artwork created by people in custody. In the coming months more information on this will be added to the Museum’s website.
(Left to Right): Paula Rafferty, Limerick Prison Education Unit, Larry de Cléir, Bedford Row, Naomi O’ Nolan, Maria Cagney and Dr Jill Cousins of the Hunt Museum, Eugene Stevens and Alison Curtin also of Bedford Row.