Listen to Angela talking to Anna King about ‘Art behind Bars’ on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on 27.02.19
From September – October, 2016, Angela was invited to co-facilitate a six-week prison programme at HMP Eastwood Park. The Forgiveness Project’s RESTORE programme is an intensive, group based intervention that encourages prisoners to explore concepts of forgiveness and reparation in a framework that fosters greater accountability and responsibility. Angela helped develop the already powerful and successful structure of the course to include art.
“You gave me the gift of art. I have never tried before but it was like being freed. The colours and actions gave me an instant calm that I have never experienced before. Everyday now I have pictures and colours hammering in my chest demanding to be freed onto paper – its like they were always there – I have just never listened before. All I can say is thank you a million times!” Prisoner, HMP Eastwood Park
In July 2016 Angela fulfilled an ambition to advise at Government level when she was invited to take part in a joint Ministry of Justice & Department for Culture, Media and Sport round table focusing on the role of the arts in prisons. A few months earlier she also contributed some of her ideas to Dame Sally Coates to be included in the Review of Prison Education commissioned by Michael Gove, as well as to the Head of Strategy in the Ministry of Justice.