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Angus joined the Centre as an Associate in 2016 to create and manage the Repository for Arts and Health Resources, developed in association with the Royal Society for Public Health, Special Interest Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing.
Angus originally trained as a photographer, subsequently as a teacher, a theatre practitioner and also as a drama therapist. For over twenty years he worked with disadvantaged and disaffected groups in project delivery, development and management, particularly in the areas of mental health, disability, community arts and criminal justice.
From 1999 -2004, he became co-director of the Unit for the Arts and Offenders, and helped develop its role as the national umbrella organisation for supporting and promoting the value of the arts in relation to criminal justice issues in the UK. He co-edited the first comprehensive literature review on Arts in the Criminal Justice System, ‘Doing the Arts Justice’, funded by Arts Council England, DCMS and the DfES.
From 2004 he became an independent consultant in arts and social policy, working on a range of national strategies for arts-based interventions and programmes including arts-based approaches to gun and gang crime. He developed the idea of an accessible online database for the evidence from the Arts and Criminal Justice sector – the Evidence Library received an RSPH Arts and Health Award in 2013.
His research interests and personal life has naturally led him to a focus on Arts and Health issues which has included becoming the UK consultant for the Danish Wounded Warrior Polytrauma Pilates Society (DWWPPS). Since 2016 he has been working with the SDH centre to develop the Repository for Arts and Health Resources.
Gladstone, P., McLewin, A. (1998). Treading on tales: Telling all stories. In J. Thompson (Ed.) Prison Theatre: Perspectives and practices. London: Jessica Kingsley, 67-88.
Miles, A., Hughes, J., & McLewin, A. (Ed.) (2005). Doing the Arts Justice. A Review of Research Literature, Practice and Theory. Unit for the Arts and Offenders
McLewin, A. (2011). Arts Alliance: Evidence Library report. Angus McLewin Associates (AMA).