Angela Findlay

Artist, Writer, Speaker

Angela Findlay is a professional artist, writer and speaker with a long career working in prisons in Germany and England. Trained as an Artistic Therapist specialising in colour, Angela’s simple exercises help individuals and groups of all ages and abilities to tap into their creative potential. By focusing on process rather than result, her ways of working offer a safe space for deeply transformative and insightful experiences.

Angela’s time ‘behind bars’ and later as Arts Coordinator of London-based Koestler Arts, revealed the huge impact the arts can have in terms of rehabilitation. Her work has proved effective in many areas including trauma and shame, boundaries and emotional illiteracy. In 2016 she was invited by the Ministry of Justice to present the case for the arts to be included in new rehabilitation and education policies.

In the past decade, Angela’s Anglo-German roots led her to research the emerging field of collective and inherited trauma/shame and the role the arts can play in their healing. She writes a monthly blog, and her first book will be published by Penguin Transworld in April 2022. Her TEDx Talk: Facing the past to liberate the present is available on YouTube.

Angela has a BA(Hons) in Fine Art and her paintings are widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. 

Monday - 14:15

Monday - Wednesday Workshops

Workshop Two - Angela Findlay

Artistic Therapy - Colour is the language of the soul - Experiential Workshop - Materials required

This one hour workshop will be divided into two parts. The first part will be a practical introduction to the three primary colours - yellow, blue and red - whereby participants are invited to explore their individual qualities. In a further guided exercise, they will begin to work with all three to produce their own unique image. These simple exercises can be both profound and fun. No previous experience is required. Just some blank paper and red yellow and blue paints, coloured crayons, pens or pastels. In the second part, Angela will present some examples from her workshops to demonstrate how this approach can be developed and used in different situations.