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 Justice Service and two Surrey based art groups; The Cellar and Street Level Arts which include adults living in temporary accommodation, rough sleepers, reformed drug and alcohol users and those with mental health problems.
The Big Issues project began in 2008 and has reached more than 65 participants. In 2009 there were exhibitions in London of the artwork made by participants at The Belgravia Gallery and the Royal Society of Arts. As a result of the exhibition, artwork was purchased for private collections, the University of Surrey and the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
For more information about The Big Issue Project visit www.wattsgallery.org.uk/learning/big-issues