Watts Gallery

Watts Gallery
Down Lane
Compton
Guildford
Surrey
GU3 1DQ
England

Website

www.wattsgallery.org.uk

E-mail

info@wattsgallery.org.uk

Telephone

01483 810235

Fax

01483 810285

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Watts Gallery Exterior
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First opening its doors to the public in 1904, Watts Gallery is a purpose built art gallery created for the display of the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817-1904).

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive, Gallery, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site, Sacred space

Opening hours

Tues to Sat 11.00-17.00
Sun 13.00–17.00

Mondays apart from Bank Holidays
Check for opening times over Christmas and New Year.

Admission charges

Standard Adult: £7.50 (£8.50 including gift aid) £1 donation
Children under 16: Free
Student price: £3.75 (half price admission)
Art Fund: Free
Carers: Free
Discounted Tuesdays (every Tuesday): All tickets £3.75 (£4.25 including gift aid) 50p donation
(No group booking on Tuesdays)

Groups: Coach parties welcome if booked in advance. Group rates/ tours available.

Additional info

Our library and archive is open to the public by appointment only.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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John Ruskin - Photographer and Draughtsman

  • 4 February — 1 June 2014 *on now

John Ruskin: Photographer and Draughtsman is the first museum exhibition to explore how the new medium of photography played a pivotal role in the evolution of this leading Victorian’s influential thinking. Bringing together daguerreotypes (unique copper photographic plates) –rarely on public display – with related drawings and watercolours, the exhibition shows how Ruskin used photography to build his understanding of landscape and architecture from which developed an entire philosophy of life that resonated throughout Victorian Britain and beyond.

This exhibition showcases many of the important works held in the Ruskin Library collection at Lancaster University.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Friends of Watts Gallery: FREE
Adults: £7.50 (£8.50 with a donation
for Gift Aid)
Students: £3.75
Children up to 16: FREE
Tuesday: ALL TICKETS £3.75 - (This price does not apply to Group bookings)
Carers: Free

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/gallery-exhibition/04-02-2014/john-ruskin

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Lyngard Ceramics and Robert Lyngard Simpson

  • 12 April — 25 May 2014 *on now

Lyngard Ceramics make beautiful Arts & Crafts inspired vases, lamps and candlesticks with a lustre glaze. With six generations of potters on both sides of the family, inherited knowledge has been handed down through the generations. Handmade in Stoke, using local artisans and suppliers, their contemporary pieces are connected to the past through their heritage. On show will be bespoke pieces by Robert Lyngard Simpson, also in lustre, with intricate designs reminiscent of William De Morgan.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/exhibition/partnership-exhibition/2014/01/28/lyngard-ceramics-and-robert-lyngard-simpson

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Ellen Terry: The Painter's Actress

  • 10 June — 11 November 2014

The artist and aesthete W. Graham Robertson, a key figure in the history of Watts Gallery, wrote that Ellen Terry was “par excellence the Painter’s Actress”. A star of the English stage for many decades from her eventful youth of the 1860s to the 1920s, Ellen Terry formed a unique point of exchange between the theatre, painting, photography and fashion.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Friends of Watts Gallery: FREE
Adults: £7.50 (£8.50 with a donation
for Gift Aid)
Students: £3.75
Children up to 16: FREE
Tuesday: ALL TICKETS £3.75 - (This price does not apply to Group bookings)
Carers: Free

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/exhibition/gallery-exhibition/2014/01/28/ellen-terry-painters-actress

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Terracotta Pottery: Evening Classes

  • 17 April 2014 6-8pm *on now
  • 15 May 2014 6-8pm
  • 19 June 2014 6-8pm

Evening Class

Terracotta Pottery
Thursdays: 16 January, 20th February, 20th March, 17th April, 15th May, 19th June 2014
6pm - 8pm
£75/£70 Friends
Price includes all 6 sessions

Following the heritage of Mary Watts’s Thursday evening terracotta modelling classes, join twenty-first century Apprentice Potter at Watts Gallery to experiment with materials and techniques working on a variety of projects inspired by Watts Gallery’s Compton Pottery collections. Suitable for beginners and those who have attended previous courses. Led by Joyce Hyslop.

Call: 01483 810235 or book online

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£75/£70 Friends
Price includes all 6 sessions

Website

http://www.ekmpowershop5.com/ekmps/shops/wattsgallery/terracotta-pottery-603-p.asp

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Watts Academy: The Art Forum

  • 18 February — 20 May 2014 *on now

Take part in projects and use the Studio to develop your art and design work. Get an insight into pathways and jobs in the creative industries. Booking not required.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/events/young-people/2014/01/28/watts-academy

Watts Gallery at Dusk

Watts at Dusk: Museums at Night

  • 16 May 2014 5-9pm

Friday May 16th. Open until 9pm
Experience the magic of Watts Gallery at night. Take a twilight lantern-lit tour to Watts Chapel and hear a cello soloist. Be inspired by Ruskin’s recording of architecture in the Gallery’s exhibition and make your own architectural sketch with support from Watts Gallery’s artist in residence, Jennie Jewitt-Harris. Or simply relax on the lawn, get a drink at the bar and sample the tasty delights on offer.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission fee of £7.50 per person applies. Workshops and chapel tour and performance are free.

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