Testimonials

Crime, Prisons & Offenders – The Role of the Arts in breaking the cycle

“I was extremely moved by the work of some of the very talented prisoners that you displayed, and your talk really changed my way of thinking… Your talk opened our eyes to see beyond the shocking news stories and the impactful documentaries circulating around at the moment, to the inherent issues underneath all these crimes…I just wanted to contact you to let you know that your talk left a lasting impact on each one of us and we were all discussing it throughout today – I’m sure we will never forget your talk!”
Pupil, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls

“Very eye-opening in terms of how fundamental yet broken our prison and correctional system is.”
“Great talk! I really enjoyed it – was genuinely quite surprised on how much it made me think.”
Pupils at Forest School

“Thank you for the brilliant talk about the role of the arts in the cycle of re-offending. I have always found myself arguing for the arts as an instrument for personal and social growth or change, and it was wonderful to hear you affirm this so articulately. You gave me so much to think about in the context of my own ambitions to pursue a career in writing and directing for theatre.”
Pupil, Leicester High School for Girls

“That was really brilliant! One of the best talks we’ve had. The students were completely absorbed. We will definitely be getting Angela back again.” 
Rendcomb College

“A brilliant lecture, the kids were quite bowled over by what Angela had to say about prisons, as was I. The message is very, very interesting, compassionate and utterly relevant. The students’ preconceptions about society and the nature of punishment were really challenged and that left people with a real sense of enlightenment concerning the whole issue of effective prisons.”
Monkton Combe School

“Angela Findlay’s brilliant talk gave our students a humane view of how and why people commit crimes, what it’s like to be in prison and how art projects can help prisoners rebuild self-esteem and confidence and express all kinds of feelings and ideas. It’s a subject far removed from our students’ experience of the world so her talk was all the more valuable for them.”
St Mary’s School, Ascot

“Thank you so much for coming to speak at Canford. For me it was certainly one of the most fascinating and thought provoking talks I’ve heard in a long time and this has been backed up by superb feedback from both pupils and staff. Not only is the message an extremely important one but also it came across so strongly in the wonderful photographs of prisoners’ art and you presented the arguments in an extremely accessible fashion. The statistics you use about re-offending rates and reasons behind crime are powerful in themselves although equally impressive was your empathetic approach to the issues presenting a dynamic case for making changes at the heart of the prison system.”
Canford School

“Well, you were SUCH a great success with the sixth form. So many have come to say how much they enjoyed your presentation. Really fascinating, uplifting and sad too. Many have said it was the best Friday talk ever! So, a huge thank you.”
 St Mary’s Shaftesbury

“As an Enrichment Talks coordinator, I have engaged many speakers from various fields. Angela’s talk was the highlight of our calendar. She delivered her presentation on Art in Prison to an initially sceptical audience of Years 10 and 11 but because the speech was so authoritative, engaging and accessible, by the end of the session the girls were fully receptive to the ideas and story of Angela’s experiences and many of them spoke to Angela and myself personally about how inspiring they found it. During the talk, Angela cogently leads her audience through the debate over the role of prisons and dispels many of the pervasive myths that endure about inmates and their crimes, before exploring directly, with clear illustrations, how creativity and expression can help those who have committed crimes address their own behaviour in a challenging but ultimately transformative manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to other schools and colleges as a highly professional and engaging speaker.”
Wakefield Girls’ High School

“Angela’s talk was brilliant. The sign of a good talk can be measured by the amount of questions asked at the end and there were a large number of questions. Angela held the attention of everyone in the hall for a full hour. It was a totally unique talk and we have not had anything like it before. A rousing success.”
Lord Wandsworth College

“It’s a real lottery as to what you get when you book a speaker for the first time, but Angela’s talk was excellent. The delivery was well paced and kept the students fully engaged throughout. She really captured and entertained them with the stories from prison, but left them with some challenging questions about the purpose of punishment.”
Concord College

“Angela’s presentation was superb – it totally captured the attention of our girls, giving them much to reflect on. The length and resounding applause she received from them afterwards certainly demonstrated how much they enjoyed listening to her.”
Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls

“That was the best talk I’ve heard at this school!”
Pupil, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls

“That was fantastic – definitely one of the best talks I’ve heard in the past 10 years of coming to lectures here. The subject was fascinating and in no way did Angela judge or aim to sway opinion; she just presented the facts in a reasonable and objective manner making what she said so much more powerful.”
Reeds School, Cobham

“Angela Findlay gave an astonishing lecture to our Sixth Form that challenged their perceptions of the British Judicial system. Angela is a wonderful speaker and very passionate about her work. She gave a fascinating insight into the lives of many of the offenders with whom she had worked. Angela is an inspirational presenter and we will definitely be getting her back to Hymers.”
Hymers College, Hull

“Angela Findlay’s talk on ‘Crime, Prisoners and Offenders; the role the arts can play,” was inspiring and thought-provoking and our sixth formers thoroughly enjoyed it. The talk has stimulated much discussion in the sixth form this week with students pondering ‘how essential is public funding of the arts in times of austerity?’, ‘what’s the aim of punishment?’ and ‘what should we doing to lower prisoner re-offending rates?’ It was great to have such a stimulating lecture on an area, which many of our students hadn’t considered before. Angela’s delivery was clear, engaging and enthusiastic and the students particularly enjoyed seeing the images of her work undertaken in a range of prisons.”
Prior Park

“Very interesting, extremely thought provoking and different to anything we had heard before. The talk increased our empathy towards people in prison and gave an insight into what prisoner’s life is actually like. The argument for using art to help in the rehabilitation of prisoners was well structured and well reasoned, we were completely persuaded that art is an excellent thing to use in prisons.”
Pupils, Guildford High School

“Best lecture yet by far in our series…”
Pupils, Kings School Worcester

“When I heard that Angela Findlay was coming into my school to talk to us about Art in Prison, I was intrigued to hear what it was all about. I was engrossed in her talk within the first 5 minutes. Everything that she was talking about related to my current psychology studies at school.  She motivated me to get involved and to volunteer in this programme; she completely opened my eyes to a current problem in our society that should be dealt with. Her passion for what she does is very infectious and I would like to thank her for such an inspiring and well-presented talk.”
Pupil, Rendcomb College

“A really good opportunity for our students to challenge some of the preconceptions they have about the prison system, as well as understanding alternative ways of working with offenders. The stories were powerful, the art projects shown fascinating. I learnt a great deal and the students loved it.”
Notre Dame School

“I came to the talk with the view that prisoners wouldn’t gain from doing an art course. However, it has become clear that to understand and deal with one’s actions is the principle foundation for supporting prisoners not to re-offend.”
Pupil, Notre Dame School

“You really have opened my eyes to how art can work and how it can help people learn and grow. My perspective of prisoners has been completely altered, and I am so grateful to you for that.”
Pupil, Downe House School

“The talk was exactly what I hoped for.”
Priors Field School

“Angela caught the attention of every pupil and adult in the audience during her informative and inspiring talk. She challenges conventional methods of dealing with crime and punishment, provoking students into thinking deeply about the potential to use art, music and drama in therapy as part of an on-going process towards rehabilitation. While she spoke, you could have heard a pin drop.”
Downe House

“I came to the lecture fully expecting to be bored for an hour. Instead, we had a really engaging talk that was utterly different to the preconceptions that we had built up on the topic. Angela was so insightful about the prison system and the way art can make a difference – it was a superb talk.”
 Lord Wandsworth College

“I never knew anything about prisons before this. Angela really gave me something to think about.”
“Really interesting stories and experiences, she really got the audience engaged.”
“This was the best presentation this term.”
“Fascinating to see how art can create such harmony.”
“Amazing speaker, amazing stories. I loved it!”
Pupils at Concord College

“This was an informative, absorbing and wonderful talk. Angela’s concept of teaching art to prisoners is fascinating and might be something that HMP should adopt as a routine part of their prison programme…”
St Mary’s Calne

“Angela gave an excellent talk to the upper sixth at Whitgift, incorporating within the presentation examples of prisoners’ artwork and film footage of the role of art in prison communities. The boys were still buzzing with the thought-provoking questions raised well after the talk itself. I wholeheartedly recommend Angela as a speaker to those running General Studies sessions for the sixth form.”
Whitgift School

“We would love you to come back next year…”
Tonbridge School

“An excellent talk, I would certainly recommend Angela to other schools.”
Woldingham School.

“As a Sixth Former, assemblies are usually laborious and dull so it was very refreshing to at last have something captivating, unique and intelligent, delivered with a passion and energy that captivated us in a way most school speakers cannot. I never knew art could be so academic and combined with the fantastic images it really offered a new interpretation on psychology in prisons. What I take from this is a desire to be more flexible in my thinking. Thank you.”
Pupil, Latymer Upper School

“Angela’s talk was all that I had hoped for. She offered an original subject matter, and gave us some complex and fascinating insights into another world, in a way that wasn’t at all patronising to our mixed-age audience. They listened very intently throughout her talk, and were full of questions afterwards.”
Milton Abbey School

“That was marvelous. I could have easily listened for another hour. Everyone was listening so intently.”
Royal Hospital School, Ipswich

“The talk was very informative, well-paced, clear and beautifully structured. It drew the audience in because the information was interesting and your knowledge of your subject comprehensive and compelling. With a very light touch on the factual information you challenged the girls to think about the prison system. You then took an area with which they are all very familiar and showed how art can serve as a means of helping prisoners to think about their crimes and makes sense of their sentences and sometimes enable them to understand themselves better. The girls were entranced and the atmosphere was one of deep fascination and respect. They all went away thinking about what you had said – in a small way, they were changed just a little bit by this talk. Thank you.”
St Mary’s Shaftesbury

“The students found if fascinating and inspirational… a resounding success!”
Headington School

“At Trent we have an extensive extra-curricular programme for our Sixth Form and try to offer the students a wide range of experiences through visiting speakers. Angela captured the imagination of the audience with her fascinating stories of working with offenders in prison through the medium of art. The talk provoked much subsequent discussion, really the object of the exercise of course, and has helped shape new attitudes and perspectives on life, incarceration and rehabilitation. We would recommend her whole-heartedly as a speaker addressing issues that are not often covered in this type of forum.”
Trent College

“The talk gave me a real insight into how little things can make a difference to all individuals.”
Pupil, St Edward’s School

“Angela Findlay has come to the school twice to deliver her inspirational lecture on the use of art in prisons. On both occasions, I found myself wanting far more than the hour’s worth of lecture.  This is a world about which our students have absolutely no knowledge.  The presentation encourages an emotional response and some of the work produced by the prisoners drew gasps from the Sixth Form as well as a measured sense of empathy. Angela is about to embark on a new talk – I can’t wait!”
Royal Hospital School, Ipswich

“We so very much enjoyed your talk last Thursday. The girls are still talking about it a week later. One Lower Sixth girl has decided to research working with young offenders as a volunteer when she is old enough. The images you showed us and the story they told was so mind-expanding for the girls. Thank you SO much.”
Pupil, Bruton School for Girls

“Angela gave a fascinating insight into the work of painting and Art with prisoners and how it can be used to help build bridges and overcome emotional difficulties. She was inspiring and sensitive but also there was an underlying humour and sense of warmth and humanity to her talk. The sixth form students were really interested and keen to explore and find out more. Thank you so much Angela for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us.”
D’Overbroeck’s College, Oxford

“The talk was certainly stimulating and although I didn’t agree with everything that was said, (my views on crime and retribution having always been somewhat Dickensian), the lecturer was most convincing in her advocation of rehabilitative justice forcing me to reconsider my views in that regard.”
Pupil, Cheltenham College

The Other Side: The Second World War Through the Eyes of an Ordinary German Family

“Thank you so much for coming in on Friday. It was so lovely speaking to my U6 students in my lesson immediately after your talk, as it had really opened their eyes to another side of the war that they think they know so much about.”
Headington School

“As a student of German heritage, I would like to thank you for your lecture as it highlighted an aspect of life around World War 2, which is usually disregarded by most books. The talk was very informative and I think it helped many students understand the life of a German family during World War 2 and what they must have had to endure. It highlighted how the war must have had negative impacts on all parties involved and it went into depth about Germany’s shared national guilt that must have been felt around the aftermath of the war.”
Gordonstoun

“Thank you so much for yesterday; I’ve already received such positive feedback from the staff and students, and it has really provided a rich topic of conversation in the Sixth Form tutor groups!”
Guildford High School

“Angela’s story is an astonishing one, not just for the personal history that she unravels in her exploration of her German family’s past, but in the way that she translates this into a broader concern with Germany’s national guilt and its efforts at reconciliation in the turbulent wake of WW2. She both resists and interrogates the cultural and historical stereotypes that constrain meaningful discussion about Europe’s political make-up, and her personal perspective reminds us that a national consciousness is not a faceless one, but made up of ordinary families, sometimes living through extraordinary times. Angela is a truly gifted speaker, holding her 6th form audience for a full hour, and engaging us in an intellectual as well as emotional investigation of our relationships with our pasts. She is really masterful in her delivery, and her subject is vital if we are to look to education to guide us in what it truly means to be human. She is top of my list of speakers to invite back.”
Headington School

“The talk was fantastic and I’ve spoken to many of the Yr11 and Yr12s’ who were in attendance and the feedback has been 100% positive. Once again, can I pass on my thanks from all our pupils. The talk was engaging, enlightening, tragic, humorous and ultimately thought-provoking. We look forward to welcoming you back to Colfe’s in the near future.”
Colfe’s School, London

“Our students were mesmerised by Angela’s talk and particularly valued her insights into the impact the Second World War had on an ordinary German family. Her exploration of the impact of the war on Germany today was fascinating and raised some searching questions about a how a country can move forward constructively from a very dark period in its history. The students left the talk buzzing with ideas and questions – thank you Angela!”
Kingston Grammar School

“That was the best General Studies Lecture I have heard.”
Prior Park College, Bath

“It was so interesting; no one ever talks about how hard it must have been for people living in Germany at that time, I hadn’t even considered some of the things Angela mentioned. I really do wonder if I would have been strong enough to stand up for what I believe knowing the consequences.”
Bath

“Angela’s talk on German history and her own family’s role within this was extremely interesting and thought-provoking. The lecture received a very positive response from the full range of people who attended, from students through to the Headmaster of the School! Her inter-linking of the personal with the broader sweep of history was a particularly pleasing aspect of the talk especially, I feel, for the students present who are so often limited to ‘book history’.”
Ryde School, Isle of Wight

“Angela’s talk on viewing the Second World War from the perspective of a German family was a fascinating addition to our enrichment programme. It was thought-provoking and sparked debate between the students, parents and staff. The talk challenged our perceptions of the Germans during the war and how they have been portrayed in films, comedies and newspapers since the war. In modern society, we are far more aware of our prejudices be they race or gender but anti-German feeling or humour is still viewed as acceptable. The talk was superbly supported by fascinating photographs and letters, and Angela’s journey to discover the truth about her family was emotional and gripping.”
Silcoates School

“A wonderful talk! Angela has an uncanny knack of providing perspectives, which are counter-intuitive, forcing us all to reconsider our values and question traditional wisdom. A lecture asking for a re-think about German soldiers and their actions during WW2 does not seem destined to succeed but the way in which the entire Sixth Form sat so still underlines just what an impression she made.”
Royal Hospital School

“You have the skill and humanity to engage children across Senior School years, inviting them to identify with a different culture. They begin to understand the concept of received guilt and the journey of the German nation to atone for the deeds of their forefathers. The insight into the style of German memorials to the victims of the holocaust is particularly fascinating and memorable. Thank you for a truly outstanding presentation.”
Our Lady of Sion School

“It was a privilege to hear Angela Findlay’s talk about her family’s relationship with, and attitudes towards, the Nazi regime in Germany. She managed to captivate a whole room of usually restless Sixth formers with her riveting, emotional and honest account of what it was like to live under the Nazis.”
Francis Holland School

“There has been a very positive response from all the pupils and staff and many said that they found your lecture really fascinating and that it made them think about something they had never reflected upon before. I also chatted to many of the German pupils and they all agreed that what you said was spot on.”
“So once again, Angela I must thank you for an excellent lecture. I think your lecture on Germany should be heard in every school in the land.”
Monkton Combe Senior School

“What a complete joy it was to have Angela at Marlborough College to give an enchanting and inspiring talk to a large and spell-bound audience. Her insights on the life of the German part of her family and their experiences before, during and after the Second World War were captivating in the extreme and easily held the rapt attention of the entire gathering for an hour. In the end we were left wondering where that hour had gone to – it all passed by in such a flash, such are Angela’s impressive rhetorical skills and her obvious and deep enthusiasm for her topic. I can’t wait until we welcome her back to give one of her other talks – even if it is only half as good as the one she gave last night it will still be magnificent.”
Marlborough College

Counter Memorials – Germany’s post-WW2 Culture of Apology and Atonement

Yesterday’s talk was beyond outstanding.  It was remarkable, extraordinary and deeply moving.  It bears comparison with any talk I have ever heard at any venue and will remain etched in the memory”.
The Arts Society Hampstead Heath

“I do not believe our society has ever been as enthralled as it was during today’s lecture on The Culture of Apology and Atonement in post war Germany. As one member said: “you could hear the silence”.  Never, also, have so many members chosen to approach the lecturer at the end to say how fascinated they were by Angela’s own story or to share with her their own family’s related experiences. This lecture, on a profoundly important subject, was perfectly pitched, wonderfully delivered and very moving.”
The Arts Society Hampstead Heath

“Thank you again for your profoundly thought-provoking address this morning. It was a masterpiece…”
The Arts Society Petersfield

“My perception and understanding have changed markedly since your outstanding talk. Before, I accepted intellectually that the present German State or individuals were not responsible for the atrocities. The way you presented your personal struggle and explained so clearly the German outlook on memorials, I realised I had not internalised my intellectual assessment. At a feeling level I was blaming Germany of today and did hold individual Germans accountable. The process of thought and feeling being aligned has now taken place and my behaviour involving Germans will now be authentic. I can never thank you enough for the opportunity you provided for this change to happen.”
The Arts Society Hampstead Heath

“At nearly 86 my wife and I do not expect to have transformational experiences but your talk was just that.”
Audience Member

“Angela’s lecture was very well structured, excellently presented and supported by numerous slides showing the various memorials and counter memorials Germany have been installing since the eighties. But it was the context of Angela’s personal journey following in the footsteps of her German maternal grandfather both during and after WW2 and into which the lecture was placed that had such an emotional impact on myself and others. It was most definitely a lecture not to miss.”
The Arts Society Hull and East Riding

 “Very many thanks for another high quality talk. It was immensely interesting, insightful, powerful , timely and challenging. And as always, very professionally presented and beautifully supported by relevant slides. All the skills and qualities, which ensured the audience were fully engaged throughout.”
Evergreens Society

“I have received nothing but compliments about your memorable talk, both at the time and since. It was an extraordinarily compelling and unusual lecture on a subject that we rarely allow ourselves to confront which was very thought provoking and poignant.    Above all, everyone has commented on your lovely presentation style and your bravery in tackling such a subject, which I wholeheartedly endorse.”
The Arts Society Alresford  

I have been inundated with emails about your talk. It is not always easy to get feedback but everyone was so moved and loved it… indeed some reckoned it was ‘the best’!
The Arts Society Malmesbury

 “What a poignant and moving lecture you delivered to our society this morning. It really was superb: so well researched, beautifully constructed, well illustrated and delivered from the heart because of your personal history. You moved some of our members to tears. Thank you on behalf of the whole audience.”
Kenwood House Society

 “We knew you would bowl us over, judging by your last visit to us! This talk was breathtakingly good and of course all the more meaningful with your personal threads of your Grandfather woven in. I know it will rest with me forever!”
The Arts Society Cranleigh

“Angela’s talk was riveting. Her personal and gentle exposure of an incredibly difficult topic together with the use of photographs and personal testimony opened our eyes to appreciate the subtle messages given by memorials and the apologetic nature of it. In a world riddled with conflict this is a message relevant for every society, tribe and race. Thank you for such a thought-provoking message.”
Buckswood School 

“Your talk was pitch-perfect and, dare I say, very enjoyable (in a sobering sort of way). We will certainly have you talk here at Bruton again.”
Bruton School

“The lecture was extraordinarily interesting. It is well known that ‘history is written by the victors’, so it was good to be reminded that the other side had losses and people to grieve too. It was particularly interesting to investigate the counter-memorials in Germany and the way people are doing their best to move past their history. Thank you for the great lecture and the opportunity for further discussion afterwards at dinner.”
Pupil, King William’s College, Isle of Man

“A fantastic lecture; a woman with a fascinating personal background and a group of young people eager for discussion with topics ranging from memorial statues to current global politics! A refreshing evening with some interesting food for thought.”
Pupil, King William’s College, Isle of Man

“A couple of years ago we went on a school trip to Berlin and visited some of their memorials to the second World War, however we did not fully understand them at the time. It was so interesting, therefore, to learn about the different types of memorials and counter-memorials, and in particular, to gain a greater appreciation for the memorials we had visited. It was also fascinating to expand on and continue these discussions with Ms Findlay at the meal afterwards, especially as our Sixth Form is composed of students from many different cultures, from all over the world.”
Pupil, King William’s College, Isle of Man

“Angela Findlay’s lecture was really excellent as it offered an alternative viewpoint for that much-discussed period in history. I enjoyed her exploration of the rebuilding of German society and the tackling of the somewhat delicate issue of commemoration in this country. It was so interesting to learn more about the memorials built to commemorate German losses, and the different ways in which they have been interpreted – even those that have been seen as inappropriate of have been altered and modified. The lecture kept everyone’s attention throughout with Ms Findlay’s eloquent and informed slides. A great success!”
Pupil, King William’s College, Isle of Man

“Thank you again for a most stimulating and thought-provoking lecture – our L6th pupils in particular have been discussing it in class this week, arguing amongst other things about whether the commemoration of the Holocaust should be in the hands of artists or historians! (The answer is, of course, both). I know you will have stimulated many of them to join the Berlin trip this summer, and I would be delighted if you would return to Brighton College to speak to our sixth-form historians in the next academic year, perhaps with the specific focus on your own family history. In addition, it was very pleasing to see so many younger pupils attending the lecture – and then coming back for future talks and events during the week, obviously inspired by your engaging talk. Whilst the material was pitched at a sophisticated level, the delivery and slideshow made the whole audience feel involved, as did your obvious passion and personal engagement with the subject matter. I will certainly be recommending you to other Heads of History who wish to explore this topic in more depth and give their pupils an insight into post-war German culture and society.”
Brighton College

“Angela’s lecture was superb for a number of reasons. As an historian, I am particularly interested in memory and the memorialisation of events and individuals. Her lecture helped me to think about how societies have changed or adapt normative ways of remembering in line with the event. What was particularly interesting was the idea of a ‘counter memorial’, which pushes our understanding of memory and memorialisation into some interesting areas.”
Brighton College

“Thank you for the thought provoking lecture today. It really was one of the best lectures my wife and I have ever attended.”
The Arts Society East Suffolk

“Thank you very much for your brilliant and moving lecture last evening. It is an important and unknown story made all the more remarkable by your personal family connections.
The Arts Society South Cambridge

“The best lecture we have had in 33 years of our Society.”
Vice-President, The Arts Society North Herts

“Thank you so much for such an outstanding insight into your subject. I have rarely felt such intense attention to the speaker from an audience. You could tell from the atmosphere in the room at the end of your talk that it was exceptional. You really opened our eyes and understanding to an aspect of German culture so different from that of the UK to the heritage of WW2.”
Chairman, The Arts Society Sutton Coldfield

“Engrossing… meaningful… informative… beautifully spoken… moving… illuminating… sombre… truly exceptional… Applause is not enough.”
Committee members of The Arts Society Mayford

“Angela’s talk was utterly superb. The interesting contrast between military memorials here and in Germany was fascinating and something I had never really thought about, but the way she combined this with the psychology of it all on a national, and then personal, levels was just amazing – and also very moving. She showed enormous courage in confronting all this so honestly and directly and everyone hugely appreciated it – “the best ever talk” they all said.”
The Arts Society Meon Valley

“Angela’s brilliant exposition of the work of successive artists to try and come to terms with a history for which they were not responsible, yet who felt a profound need to express regret, was profoundly moving. Thank you for this enlightenment.”
The Arts Society Meon Valley

“Angela’s lecture was exceptional and both very touching and extremely interesting. I so much admired her skill in describing the emotion of the German nation after the war, the monuments and their symbolism and her own knowledge and experience. I thought it was a beautifully constructed and expressed talk and I know many of the audience were encouraged to think more deeply about a subject, which she understood so well.”
The Arts Society Meon Valley

Crime, Prisons & Offenders – The Role of the Arts in breaking the cycle

 “Absolutely fascinating! Exceptional speaker who used her own experiences to great effect. Somewhat unusual to have a lecture where the process involved in creating the art was far more significant than the pieces themselves – but it worked!”
The Arts Society Norwich

“What a success!  We were all riveted by your lecture, so full of information and fascinating facts.  ‘Inspirational and exceeded expectations’, was what someone said.  Others just said ‘Brilliant!’ or ‘Excellent!’ with beaming smiles.”
The Arts Society Taunton

“Thank you so very much for what was the most thought provoking lecture I have ever heard. It was well constructed, very clear and wonderfully delivered and your compassion and passion came through. One member from a long family line of police and prison officers said it was the most common-sensical lecture he had heard on crime and rehabilitation and that he could listen to you all day! You were truly outstanding and we feel you should be advising the government!”
The Arts Society Bodmin

“This was one of the most important lectures we have had and you were awarded an overwhelming Outstanding on our members lecture comment forms. Congratulations!!”
Moray Banff & Badenoch DFAS

 A fantastic and inspirational lecture…thank you, it really has given me food for thought and I wish the rest of the world could hear it.”
The Arts Society Meon Valley

“Thank you so much for such an enthralling lecture and for engaging so well with our audience before and after it. We have had lots of very enthusiastic feedback.”
The Arts Society Teme Valley

“100% brilliant! Quite the most fantastic lecture – in every way – I have ever attended. You captivated your audience from start to finish, even making us laugh, despite the often sad subject.”
The Arts Society Meon Valley

“I am fortunate enough to have been a NADFAS member for nearly four decades. Over this period I have enjoyed an enormous number of lectures of considerable high quality and interest. Angela is undoubtedly a delightfully engaging, informative, and inspiring lecturer. She really knows her stuff and expresses it with clarity, eloquence and style.”
NADFAS audience member

“Thank you for such a thoughtful, illuminating, inspiring and insightful introduction to the story of using art in prisons. It was one of the best public lectures I’ve ever attended – and I’ve been to more than just a few over the years!”
Audience member, The Arts Society Helmsley

“Excellent speaker in command of her subject, clear and amusing.” “Would like to hear it all over again. Inspiring!”
The Arts Society Member

“A wonderfully received lecture that was the most thought provoking that we have ever had. This lecture really makes you think.”
Programme Secretary, The Arts Society Glaven Valley

“Angela Findlay has a remarkable record of working in prisons. She is a most able and engaging presenter of the case for including the arts in every offender resettlement programme. I could not recommend her talk more strongly to anyone who has an interest in this vital subject.”
The Lord Ramsbotham, former Chief Inspector of Prisons

“Art is an amazingly powerful way of engaging offenders to find new directions in life.  No one knows more about this than Angela Findlay, a passionate and highly skilled artist with years of experience in prisons. The talks that Angela gives about her work – alive with illustrations, humour and stories – are an inspiration.”
Tim Robertson, Former Director, Koestler Trust – Arts by Offenders

“Angela’s work is right on the money for prisoners who have no sense of what they are capable of. She opens them up and lets them fly into a world that vastly expands their imaginations, trapped as they are in such confined spaces physically. The transformation can be magical, and can lead to more permanent changes in their lives.”
Roger Graef, Writer, Film maker, Criminologist

“It was staggering to watch Angela. Her ability to enthuse and inspire broke barriers and transcended boundaries.”
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen while filming “Hidden Talent: locked away” for BBC2 at HMP Stafford

“Angela brought to the Koestler Trust a great deal of commitment, energy, experiences, and ideas that she had gleaned from her years in the German prison service. Having worked with autonomous governors who fully supported the arts and ensured that arts participation was embedded in the prison regime, she is a first-hand witness to the improvement in offenders’ motivation and self-esteem that such a system can generate.

She brings a valuable vision and degree of commitment to this sector. Her ground-breaking initiatives in the Learning to Learn scheme not only encourage offenders to acquire education and key skills but thereby help them to break the vicious circle of reoffending behaviour. I fully endorse Angela’s skills and the value of her contribution in this field.”
Ariane Bankes, Vice Chair, Koestler Trust

” Angela is bloody impressive… she really knows her stuff.”
Member of Michael Gove’s team, Ministry of Justice

“It will be great to have someone with your influence and enthusiasm involved with helping us in the future.”
Member of the Strategy Unit, Ministry of Justice

 “I found what you had to say really interesting and inspiring and our meeting certainly made me realise even more than previously the importance of the Arts in the prison context. Their role in the education and rehabilitation of offenders, especially those with minimal schooling, is clearly vital.”
Dame Sally Coates, United Learning

” Angela Findlay’s talk at HMP Wormwood Scrubs was the most inspiring, clear minded and well-argued case for the arts to play a pivotal role in prisoner rehabilitation that I have heard.”
Business Leader

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