The Darwen Lecture

The Darwen Lecture

Art behind bars: The role of the arts in the cycle of crime, prison and re-offending – Angela Findlay

Wednesday 5 October 4pm, Meeting House 

This lecture is open to the wider Sidcot community – to book a place please contact reception@sidcot.org.uk 

Angela Findlay is an artist, accredited lecturer, writer, consultant and teacher- but the common thread linking all these roles is her passion for instigating behavioural and emotional change through the medium of Art.

Years of working as an artist within the Criminal Justice System in England and Germany have given Angela unique insights into the destructive and costly cycle of crime, prisons and re-offending. In this thought-provoking talk she offers a deeper understanding of the minds, lives and challenges of offenders. And, with extraordinary slides of art projects and prisoner’s art, she demonstrates how within the process of creating art of any discipline, there are vital opportunities for offenders to confront their crimes and develop the key life skills so essential in leading a positive and productive life.

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.


Miriam Gosling
Director- Centre for Peace and Global Studies

Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 in Somerset