25th-27th March

Tipping the Balance
This unique exhibition consists of a series of hand painted porcelain panels with found objects inspired by our heritage and landscape.

This unique exhibition consists of a series of hand painted porcelain panels with found objects inspired by our heritage and landscape. A group of prisoners at HMP Maghaberry, known now as the TMB Club (too many birthdays), have created the work for this exhibition. The global population continues to rise as homes are needed but the planet is swamped with an exhausting amount of rubbish and spent materials. Tipping the Balance responds to the misuse of materials and the impact on our native species while acknowledging and celebrating the beauty of the natural and manmade in Northern Ireland.

The exhibition has been created with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Older Person Fund, supported by the Prison Service of NI and Prison Arts Foundation and facilitated by Lucy Turner.

The artists started this project initially to create a series of drawings depicting visual motifs that acknowledge areas in Northern Ireland that are either culturally rich, visually stimulating or have natural beauty. They sequentially became a series of porcelain panels; artworks for the entrance lobby of the many hostels in Northern Ireland that house men when they leave prison. It’s an unfortunate fact that older men (on leaving prison) who are housed in a hostel environment feel particularly isolated. It is hoped that the artwork hand crafted by prisoners offers a sense of belonging, and that recognisable places both natural and manmade would contribute to a positive and welcoming start to their journey on ‘the outside’.

Throughout the creative process discussions moved away from the ideal of home being bricks and mortar refocusing on a place to call your own, for stability and comfort to a haven and a place that offers peace of mind. Given the media attention on plastic waste and pollution, the removal of green spaces including hedgerows, dry stone walls and ditches being iconic features of Northern Ireland’s landscape and a vital lifeline for wild species such as birds, badgers, bats and foxes etc, we are aware that our need for private space is impacting on our natural heritage.

The question is where do you draw the line?

The global population continues to rise as homes are needed but the planet is swamped with an exhausting amount of rubbish and spent materials. Tipping the Balance responds to the misuse of materials and the impact on our native species while acknowledging and celebrating the beauty of the natural and manmade in Northern Ireland.

Exhibition opening event 4-6pm on 25th March. 

Learn more: rspacelisburn.comprisonartsfoundation.com

date & time

date & time

25th-27th March
11.00am-5.00pm

location

location

R Space Gallery,
32 Castle Street, Lisburn

admission

admission

Free admission