Posted 22nd August 2013
Watts Contemporary Gallery
Watts Gallery's Big Issues workshop participants have started creating art works for the Big Issues exhibition, taking place in spring 2014.
Watts Gallery’s The Big Issues project, offers artist-led workshops for women prisoners at HMP Send and HMP Bronzefield, young people from Surrey Youth Support Service and three Surrey based art groups; The Cellar, Artventure and Street Level Arts which include adults living in temporary accommodation, rough sleepers, reformed drug and alcohol users and those with mental health problems.
Ahead of the exhibition participants were asked to describe what they felt they had gained from being part of the Big Issues project;
'This workshop has given me the ability to step back and re-evaluate my feelings about myself and the situation.'
'I do not usually participate in anything artistic. I found the course relaxing and it gave me something to concentrate on that was positive.'
'I have enjoyed learning about the Watts Gallery, I have been reading your magazines you gave me and I am really interested in the artwork and the history.'