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First Impressions


First Impressions is PACE’s submission for “Sculpture in Context” Exhibition 2017 in the Botanic Gardens.

It is a multidisciplinary sculptural piece comprised of wood and ceramic pieces, using various artistic skills such as pyrography, wood turning and hand building/carving in clay.

The concept is about dispelling preconceptions we have about people, in particular prisoners.

Perhaps First Impressions shouldn’t necessarily last, as is often the case, when it might only be the start of the story.

The design is borne from the first physical impression people give when going into prison, the finger print.

This makes for an aesthetically interesting pattern as well as allowing each piece to be completely individual and signature to its designer.

It is also a way to sign the work and remain anonymous at the same time, should the artist choose.

We wanted to produce a high quality sculpture that holds its own in a professional environment irrespective of artistic experience and personal backgrounds and we hope that if you go along to visit this exhibit you will agree that we have achieved this.

View more of the First Impression work in our gallery

Case study: Adam’s story

Adam was referred to PACE 18 months ago by his Probation Officer.

During this time Adam has achieved certification in MIG, TIG and Arc Welding, QQI Level 3 in Woodwork, EHO Certification in Food Safety, Manual Handling, Safepass and Forklift License.

Through key working and “Reduce the Use” programme Adam has addressed his drug use and many of his personal issues learning resilience and how to focus on the positives in his life.

Adam then gained valuable work experience “machining out” the wood to make the planters for PACE Social Enterprise.

In the computer room Adam received guidance on how to layout and present his CV and was coached on his interview skills.

This week he went off to start his new job!

Congratulations Adam and good luck form PACE Training Services!

Humans Sharing Spaces exhibition 2017

The exhibition ‘Humans Sharing Spaces’ is the culmination of creative artistic work created by people in prisons throughout Ireland. It also includes work from the post release centre PACE and Churchfield Community Centre in Cork.

The works on display in the exhibition cover a broad variety of art forms including paintings, drawings, sculpture, print making, mosaic, photography, video, pottery, and poetry.

This year the Exhibition is in partnership with the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

The aim of the Irish Prison Service Education Centres is to deliver a high quality, broad, flexible programme of education that helps people in custody cope with their sentence, achieve personal development, prepare for life after release and establish an appetite and capacity for lifelong learning.

The Service seeks to deliver relevant programmes that cater for holistic needs, ensure broad access and high participation, and prioritise those with basic education needs.

It promotes the principles of adult and community education and supports a multidisciplinary approach within the prison system.

Find out more from the Irish Prison Service site.