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How art in prison is helping offenders to go straight

Angela Findlay will be giving a lecture on her work as a prison art teacher, hosted by The Arts Society IW.

Angela Findlay will be giving a lecture on her work as a prison art teacher, hosted by The Arts Society IW.

Emily Pearce

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Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:00

ART has the power to change lives.
Just ask artist Angela Findlay, whose work in the criminal justice system has given her a unique insight into the rehabilitative and redemptive power of art — how it enables offenders to confront their crimes and look at their lives in a new light.
She will share her experiences in a lecture at Quay Arts next week, hosted by The Arts Society IW.
In The Role of the Arts in the Cycle of Crime, Prison and Reoffending, Angela offers a deeper understanding of the minds, lives and challenges of offenders. 
Illustrating the talk with slides of prisoners’ artwork, she shows how the creative process gives offenders the opportunity to confront their crimes and develop life skills that enable them to lead positive and productive lives.
Carolyn Power, of The Arts Society IW, said: “A frequent response to this talk has been ‘I had no idea’ and, indeed, it casts light onto areas of our society where the arts are not only visual, decorative or commercial, but absolutely vital, hugely relevant and potentially life-changing. 
“This talk is moving, informative and very original, interspersed with personal accounts of humorous, or slightly horrifying, situations. Angela’s talks have kept audiences across the country engrossed.”
An artist, writer and freelance lecturer, Angela has a long-standing interest in the role the arts can play in bringing about change, on a personal level and within society. 
She has taught art in prisons and young offenders’ institutions in Germany and England, and was the arts co-ordinator at prison arts charity the Koestler Trust.
The lecture will be held at Quay Arts on Thursday, at 8pm.
Doors open at 6.30pm with a bar and light suppers available.
For further details, visit www.tasiwatquayarts.org.uk

 


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