Watts Gallery

Watts Gallery
Down Lane

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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.

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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




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.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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.

History of Art and Design Course: Victorian Painting

  • 22 September — 20 October 2014 *on now

Genre Painting
Monday 22 September

The Pre-Raphaelites
Monday 29 September

Social Realism
Monday 6 October

The Aesthetic Movement
Monday 13 October

Late Victorian Art
Monday 20 October

Suitable for

  • 18+


£180/£175 Friends




The Watts Drawing Course

  • 2 October — 6 November 2014 *on now

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.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£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.

Suitable for

  • 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

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£7.50/£6.50 (Friends)




Watts Academy: Creepy Collage Workshop

  • 28 October 2014 10:30am-1pm, 2-4:30pm

Create creepy drawings to make three-dimensional Halloween collages.


£7.50/£6.50 Friends