We are the custodian of an extraordinary legacy, one that combines a unique campus of historic buildings, an internationally important collection and a social mission to deliver Art for All – the ethos of our founders G F and Mary Watts who believed that access to art transforms lives.
Two reports in 2017 and 2019 by Helen Bowcock underline the social value of Watts Gallery – Artists' Village. These illustrate that it reaches people who do not have access to cultural learning, offering them enjoyment and self-fulfilment, providing new skills, feeding their talents, improving their health and wellbeing, and opening up new prospects for personal and career development. In 2019-20, the learning programme engaged 26,597 adults, young people and children including 1,291 vulnerable and socially isolated people.
A 2016 University of Surrey report concluded that the impact of Watts Gallery – Artists' Village on the local economy was £6.08 million in gross turnover, £2.98 million GVA and 99 full-time equivalent jobs. More importantly, beyond the economic benefits, it is the prominent social, cultural and educational impacts of Watts Gallery – Artists' Village that make it an exceptional asset to people living in Surrey.