Images from The Michael Varah Artist in Residence workshops, part of the Watts Gallery 'Big Issues' project, the outreach initiative of the Watts 'Art for All'  learning programme:  Both Mary and GF Watts believed that art could transform lives, that it could take people to different places and as an artist, I have wanted to share this experience with the women at HMP Send. Working with a group of between 8 and 10 women over a sustained series of workshops I have watched the women progress, succeed and push themselves to achieve. Looking at the formal elements of painting, technique and contextualising their work by looking at other artists' work the women have built up a language and critical insight that has enabled them to turn ideas into a body of sustained work. The women exhibit their work regularly: most recently as part of the Koestler at the London South Bank and the New Beginnings at the Lightbox, Woking, and at Watts Big Issues exhibition in February 2017. Next exhibition 'In our Time' held at the prison, HMP Send June 2017.