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Prisoners pay homage to holocaust victims

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Prisoners pay homage to holocaust victims thumbnailOne of the images painted by inmates on the wall of the Nissan huts telling the story of the halocaust at Magilligan Prison.

PRISONERS at Magiligan prison have paid homage to the victims of the Holocaust at their award winning, art exhibition, Empty Spaces. The prison is part of a group of 12, from all over the UK, who have been commissioned for the second year running by The Holocaust Memorial Trust, to create permanent artwork in their local communities.
Gary Milling, Deputy Governor of the prison, has been in charge of the project since it started.
Speaking to the Northern Constitution this week Gary explained what the exhibition was about.
“The theme for this years Holocaust Memorial Day is 'How Can Life Go On', so we tried to come up with something that symbolises everything that goes along with that. The prisoners had free reign with the design ideas, and they have done all the work you see here.
“The white imagery is the positive, to represent the survivors. But then there is also black structures, with people missing, and that represents the people that did not make it. We also have planted silver birch trees and snow drops, which symbolise new life and growth.
“As you walk through the exhibition you will see all the negative imagery leading into the more positive, giving the idea of new life. Portraying that people can survive, even the most awful of tragedies."

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