Wednesday 1st March 2023 – Art Behind Bars: The Role of the Arts in Breaking the Cycle of Crime, Prison and Re-Offending       

Wednesday 1st March 2023

Art Behind Bars: The Role of the Arts in Breaking the Cycle of Crime, Prison and Re-Offending   

Lecturer – Angela Findlay

A long career of teaching art in prisons in Germany and England, and later experience as Arts Coordinator of Koestler Arts, a charity promoting the arts in prisons, secure hospitals and immigration centres, have given Angela Findlay a unique insight into the destructive and costly cycle of crime, prisons, and re-offending. She will demonstrate in this lecture how the arts can have a huge impact in terms of rehabilitation; how, within the process of creating art, there are opportunities for offenders to confront their crimes and develop the key life skills essential to leading positive and productive lives.

The Arts Society West Midlands Area, with the help of generous donations from individual societies, including one from The Arts Society Royal Leamington Spa, is currently engaging with Koestler Arts on a pilot project in Her Majesty’s Prison Birmingham and three other regional institutions.