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Directors Blog: Raising Money for Apprenticeships, Frank Holl and The Big Issues Exhibition 2014

Posted 27th August 2013
Watts Contemporary Gallery

On Saturday 14th September, I and another keen swimmer, Sarah Giles, are taking part in a 10km moonlight swim down the River Dart to raise funds for apprenticeship schemes at Watts Gallery, supporting young people and new graduates into employment. Distance-wise this is an aquatic equivalent of a marathon. Watts Gallery currently has four apprenticeships: the Estate Apprentice, Marketing Apprentice, Learning Apprentice and Apprentice Potter. We have a fundraising target of £8,000 which will support two apprenticeship positions and help to ensure that these vital roles continue. If you feel able support this quest to help apprentices at Watts Gallery, please go online to

Our current exhibition, Frank Holl: Emerging from the Shadows, continues to receive rave reviews from national press, with coverage from The Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian. Comments have included “What a knockout of a show it is”, ‘Four out of five stars’ (Richard Dorment, The Telegraph) and “Frank who? Yes the name of this Victorian artist is little known. More’s the pity” (Michael Glover, The Independent). Frank Holl: Emerging from the Shadows, will remain open until 3rd November 2013. Find out more about the Frank Holl exhibition

The Watts Gallery Learning Department continues to go from strength to strength, particularly through the workshops run as part of our Big Issues Programme. We recently spent three days delivering highly successful workshops to a large group of female prisoners at HMP Bronzefield, and are working closely with Surrey Youth Support Services to provide weekly art sessions for six young offenders. Participants have been highly positive about their experiences. Past Big Issues exhibitions have included a number of varied and interesting pieces that have gone on to sale to the public, we look forward to seeing what next years exhibition has to offer. Find out more about The Big Issues project