Posted 26th February 2015
This year the Big Issues exhibition will also be shown at Gallery Different, in London from the 23 February – 7 March
It will be shown alongside Free Spirit, an exhibition of work by Sandy Curry, Michael Varah Artist in Residence at HMP Send, 2007 – 2013.
The exhibition shows the art of participants in Watts Gallery's Big Issues Art for All programme which, over the past seven years, has transformed the lives of disadvantaged groups in Surrey. Through artist-led workshops, The Big Issues project builds self-esteem and provides an opportunity for participants to learn new and transferable skills helping them to improve their lives.
All participants are invited to submit art for display or for sale in an annual exhibition. The income from sales goes directly back to the participants – although many choose to donate some of the income back to the project, which is testament to the value placed on the programme. Exhibitors include women prisoners, disadvantaged and vulnerable young people and adults, those experiencing homelessness, recovering from drug and alcohol addictions and those with mental health difficulties. This year, 148 people have taken part in 93 artist-led workshops.