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).
Museum, Library, Archive, Gallery, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site, Sacred space
Tues to Sat 11.00-17.00
Mondays apart from Bank Holidays
Check for opening times over Christmas and New Year.
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
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.
Our library and archive is open to the public by appointment only.
Ellen Terry: The Painter's Actress
- 10 June — 11 November 2014 *on now
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.
- Any age
Friends of Watts Gallery: FREE
Adults: £7.50 (£8.50 with a donation
for Gift Aid)
Children up to 16: FREE
Tuesday: ALL TICKETS £3.75 - (This price does not apply to Group bookings)
A Russian Fairytale: The Art and Craft of Elena Polenova
- 18 November 2014 — 8 February 2015
This exhibition is the first major retrospective outside Russia to explore the career of the 19th-century Russian painter and designer, Elena Polenova. Showcasing Polenova’s production in a wide range of media, including paintings, furniture, ceramics and a selection of rarely seen works on paper, the exhibition demonstrates Polenova’s important role in the Russian craft revival of the 1880s.
Although Elena Polenova (1850 - 1898) and Mary Watts (1849 - 1938) never met, extraordinary parallels between the two artists’ creative lives have contributed to a partnership between the Polenov State Museum in Russia and Watts Gallery.
- Any age
History of Art and Design Course: Victorian Painting
- 22 September — 20 October 2014 *on now
Monday 22 September
Monday 29 September
Monday 6 October
The Aesthetic Movement
Monday 13 October
Late Victorian Art
Monday 20 October
Evening Talk John Benjamin - Smallhythe Place and Other Hidden Gems: The Intimate Jewels of Dame Ellen Terry
- 1 October 2014 7-8pm
As seen on the Antiques Roadshow, expert John Benjamin reveals how Ellen Terry’s jewellery collection gives a unique insight into her unconventional life.
£7.50/£5.50 (Friends & Students)
The Watts Drawing Course
- 2 October — 6 November 2014
Learn different drawing techniques, working at easels in the Gallery in front of the collection, taking inspiration from G.F. Watts’s work, the environment and still life.
Suitable for beginners and previous course participants.
£120/£115 (Friends & Students)
Special Family Event: The Big Draw
- 11 October 2014 11am-4pm
The Big Draw is an international campaign that runs in 20 countries across the world. It has one aim – to get people drawing! The Big Draw offers thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators - and each other. These events are for those who love to draw, as well as for those who say they can't!
Last year Watts Gallery hosted the Big Draw launch event for the Guildford area. Join us again this year and step back in time to take a traditional drawing class at easels with G.F. Watts as your instructor, plus lots of drawing games.
- Family friendly
- Especially for children
All activities FREE Gallery admission applies.
Make! Workshop - Creepy Clay!
- 28 — 31 October 2014
- 28 October 2014 2-4pm
Make some creepy clay creatures for Halloween.
Recommended for ages 5+. Children must be accompanied. Max one adult per child. Adult is free of charge
- Family friendly
Watts Academy: Creepy Collage Workshop
- 28 October 2014 10:30am-1pm, 2-4:30pm
Create creepy drawings to make three-dimensional Halloween collages.