Art created at Limerick Prison to go on display in the Hunt Museum

Jess Casey


Jess Casey

Art created at Limerick Prison to go on display in the Hunt Museum

AN EXHIBITION of artwork inspired by drawings made by the Bedford Row Project Children’s Group and created at Limerick Prison is to be formally launched by the Governor of Limerick Prison this Friday. 

The Family Links exhibition, inspired by the Year of the Family, includes contributions from mothers, fathers, children, carers and grandparents affected by imprisonment and assisted by the Bedford Family Row Project. 

 In January 2018, Dublin was chosen by Pope Francis to host this gathering of families which will take place in August as part of his papal visit.

Families from all over the world will travel to Dublin to share their experiences, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to celebrate their relationships, themes ‘pertinent’ to the contributors of the exhibition, organisers say. 

The Family Links exhibition will present artworks in textiles, glass and ceramics created by the Limerick Prison Art Department, which are based on drawings made by the Children’s Group at the Bedford Row project.

The original artwork by the children will also be presented. 

The Prison’s framing shop have also prepared  all artwork for display at The Hunt Museum. 

Each piece in the Family Links exhibition can be purchased and all proceeds will go towards running the children’s groups in Bedford Row. 

Family Links will also include a number of lunchtime talks.

The collaborative project between the Hunt Museum, Limerick Prison and the Bedford Row Family Project launches at the Hunt Museum on May 11 at 3pm. 

On June 14, ‘Inside Out’ will be delivered by Brian O’Rourke with Paula Rafferty, artist and tutor at Limerick Prison Art Department. 

Brian will recall his early study of art at Limerick Prison which led him to take up a place at Limerick School of Art and Design. 

Paula will speak more generally about their work with learners at the Prison’s Art Department. 

On June 21, the Bedford Row Family Project will also give a talk offering insight into their work with families affected by imprisonment.

Services include providing hospitality to families at Limerick prison, organising courses,  raising public awareness and providing support and counselling to families. 

A Family Drop-in Arts Day will also take place on Saturday June 16 from 11am to 2pm in the Hunt Museum Education Wing. 

The Family Links exhibition runs until Sunday July 1. For further information on the exhibition programme, call  061312833 or email