This year’s Darwen Lecture was hosted by Angela Findlay, an artist, writer, lecturer who teacher and uses her passion for instigating behavioural and emotional change through the medium of art.
Angela spoke about restorative justice and the method of exploring art within the criminal justice system. With 67% of inmates reoffending upon release. The seminar made us question the current system that leads to a destructive and costly cycle of crime, prisons and re-offending.
We began to understand what happens in the minds of the criminals explored the use of boundaries with society and art today, highlighted by extraordinary slides of art projects and prisoner’s art. Angela demonstrated that within the process of creating art, there are vital opportunities for offenders to confront their crimes and develop their key life skills to emotions in leading to a positive and productive life, in and out of prison.
Director, Centre for Peace and Global Studies