Martin led the Prison Link Art Programme in Loughan House Open Prison Co Cavan in 2009.
This involved 10 – 15 men attending quarterly sessions which were held on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This programme allowed the participants to express themselves through Art. The programme started in March 2009 and according to the participants, the Governor and the officers it was a huge success and of great benefit to all involved.
BBC Radio Belfast Sunday Sequence Programme came down in September 2009 and did a programme on the men in the prison, when they read an article about it in the EU Peace III magazine. In 2010 we painted a visiting unit in child-friendly colours. In mid 2010, we started a stained glass project, later on in the year we did a Farrier course. In March 2012 we started the Barrel Top Wagon Project.
Martin co-facilitated information sessions on Tuesdays, Such as:
- MABS (Money Advisory Board Service)
- Social welfare entitlements
- Health and Safety
- First Aid
- Wagon Project
These sessions were advisory sessions for Inmates who are due for release and who were not sure of how to access their entitlements after they have served a prison sentence.
You can see all the artwork below.