The User Voice and Participation (UVP) Team at Surrey County Council

I didn't know what to expect and I don't always feel comfortable in new situations, but I do relax here, the time passes too quickly when I get working. GF Watts paintings help to start conversations and open ideas. I enjoy our conversations and sharing ideas.

Art for All Community Learning Programme participant from User Voice

This year's highlights:

• Designing wrapping paper for the Limner Collection inspired by various patterns found across Watts Gallery – Artists' Village

• Achieving Bronze Arts Awards, awarded by Trinity College London, who offer learning and qualifications to support individual creative development in any setting. Our partnership with Watts Gallery has helped to support young people who have struggled in their educational environment. The small groups and holistic environment at Watts Gallery's Art for All programme has helped to build young people's communication skills, group work and confidence. This course has been a steppingstone to return to full time education for many young people. Staff member from the User Voice and Participation (UVP) Team.


I'm inspired by William De Morgan, he used designs from the Orient which makes his work flamboyant, he dared to stand out and be different. I like different.

Art for All Community Learning Programme participant from User Voice

Watts Gallery really helped me to come out of my shell and taught me not to be so hard on myself about my work.

Art for All Community Learning Programme participant from User Voice

I found attending the Watts Gallery a real confidence booster. It provided me with a creative outlet where there was no judgement. It was a great way to learn new skills. The staff were lovely and very supportive, I would recommend it to anyone.

Art for All Community Learning Programme participant from User Voice

My daughter attended Watts Gallery it was great to see her looking forward to going somewhere, to have a reason to want to leave the house, to do something she enjoyed in an environment that she felt safe and accepted in, thanks to the staff!

Parent of Art for All Community Learning Programme participant from User Voice

I could see her confidence grow over the weeks, it was great to see some of the work she produced, to see her pride and hear her enthusiasm. I would recommend it to anyone, and my thanks go to those who made it possible for her to attend.

Parent of Art for All Community Learning Programme participant from User Voice