"Artists and Criminals are after all companions. Both are without morals, having a crazy creativity, fired by the power of freedom.”
"Though colours, things that have fallen into the darkness are freed."
"Angelas’s classes, her support, the exhibition – all of it was like a bridge for me, a bridge to another world, a world of beauty and creativity."
Joco V, prisoner
COLOGNE Prison WORK
Having completed an Artistic Therapy Diploma in England but faced with the punitive ‘Bang ‘em up’ policies in England, Angela went to Germany where she was employed by Maßstab e.V in Cologne from 1992-96.
This is a hugely innovative Trust founded by the two lawyers Hermann Weische and Matthias Remky, both passionate pioneers and advocates of the rehabilitation of prisoners and prison prevention. Their vision is to offer support to prisoners both inside Cologne’s Ossendorf Prison and upon their release. The Trust has a café, a building company and a carpentry workshop each offering prisoners opportunities to train and find employment while social workers support their psychological needs. The Trust works together with probation, the law courts, youth organizations, social services, schools, families, employers and more. The arts are a fully integrated part of the Trust’s approach.
With the encouragement of both the Trust and the Governor of JVA Ossendorf, Angela was able to establish a thriving Art department in Cologne prison. She ran intensive mural painting courses in exercise yards, prison wings, hobby rooms, visitors’ waiting rooms as well as weekly art classes. The results not only humanized the otherwise grey prison environment but also had profound effects on prisoners and staff alike.
In 1996 the Trust created a Prison Prevention Scheme for Young Offenders with supervised accommodation and training and asked Angela to be the Head of it. Once again the arts became an integral part of the process of enabling young boys to create a crime-free life.
Angela was regularly interviewed for radio, TV and feature length articles in newspapers and magazines. She was often asked to contribute reports on her work to specialist or academic publications and advised other prisons or charities keen to learn how to use the arts in their environments.
The Trust had weekly meetings discussing the theoretical ideas behind their work and regular gatherings or symposiums with a wide range of people affected by criminal behaviour.
Employment in Germany
1996 – 97
1992 – 96
Head of Maßstab Prison Prevention Scheme for Young Offenders – Cologne
Facilitator of mural painting, art and colour projects in Ossendorf Prison – Maßstab Trust, Cologne
Exhibitions of prisoners Art in Cologne
Wandmalerei hinter Gittern / Murals behind bars – Maßstab e.V
Kunst hinter Gittern / Art behind Bars – Justizgebäude / Cologne Law Courts (Opened by President of the District Court, Auction by Kurt Rossa, Director of City Council)
Freiheit durch Kunst? / Freedom through Art? – Galleria Navarrete
Farben in einer grauen Welt / Colour in a grey world – Stadt Bibliothek
Cologne Law Courts
Tobias School of Art, East Grinstead