Angela Charles

We're delighted to have artist and guide dog owner Angela design and produce a sculpture for our art trail.

About Angela

After graduating from Goldsmiths in 1989, Angela combined a career as a curator with that of an artist. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, she's achieved commercial success with her paintings drawn from memories of place. Yet, over the last 13 years, she has been losing her sight. 

Following much personal turmoil, Angela ‘came out as a blind painter’ in 2021 after being awarded an Arts Council England grant. This funded a new series of work - a solo exhibition, ‘What are you looking at?’, and a documentary film where she confronted her sight loss and its impact on her art. 

Angela's current work marks a change in her vision, with a brighter palette and bolder mark-making being signs of deteriorating sight. She has embraced Assistive Technology to support her practice, without which she says “I would not know which colour was in which paint tube!” Angela registered as Blind six years ago with Retinitis Pigmentosa, and five years ago, she was partnered with her Guide Dog Flynn. Angela said; “The freedom and independence Flynn has given me, has indebted me to Guide Dogs. I would literally do anything for them. Last year, I ran two marathons in three weeks. Painting a guide dog will hopefully be less painful!”

Follow Angela on Instagram at @angela_charles_paints

A green, grey and pink guide dog sculpture with 'straight on' written across its harness.

Straight On

View Angela's sculpture.

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