Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Watts Gallery
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Watts Gallery — Artists' Village is a unique family day out in the Surrey Hills. Explore the newly opened Watts Studios then discover Victorian paintings and sculpture in the historic Watts Gallery before treating yourself to lunch or cream tea in The Tea Shop. Stroll to the nearby Grade-I listed Watts Chapel, taking in the beautiful woodlands and grounds, take a tour of founders G F and Mary Wattses' Grade-II listed house Limnerslease (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday only) or discover the wide selection of gifts, books and homewares in the shop. Free family trails and resources are available every day of the week.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective, Archive, Museum, Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Tues to Sun 11.00-17.00

Closed Mondays apart from Bank Holidays

Visitor Centre & The Tea Shop open daily

Admission charges

Standard Adult: £9.50 (£10.50 including gift aid)
Students: £4.75
Children under 16: Free
Discounted Tuesdays: All tickets £4.75

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


  • National Art Pass

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.

The De Morgan Collection

  • 1 April 2015 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The De Morgan Collection features ceramics and oil paintings from William De Morgan (1839-1917) and Evelyn Pickering (1855-1919).

The De Morgans were not only close friends of the Wattses, with William advising Mary artistically throughout their friendship, but were also key figures of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

The remarkable ceramics and oil paintings, on loan from the De Morgan Foundation, will provide an insight into their working relationships and reveal their extraordinary talents in multiple mediums.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply



Victorian photograph showing four women in dresses. One woman's face is reflected in mirrors each side of her head

Close Up & Personal: Victorians & their Photographs

  • 14 June — 13 November 2016 *on now

This exhibition explores some of the ways that early photography was enjoyed by a society obsessed with the new technology. A variety of forms emerged including the carte-de-visite, the daguerreotype, albumen prints, family photograph albums and stereoscopes.



Linocut Lives On

Linocut Lives On

  • 15 July 2016 — 1 January 2017 *on now

This exhibition features work by some of the foremost British linocut artists of today, along with works by historical heroes of the genre such as Edward Bawden.
Co-curated by designer Cath Kidston, this personal selection will feature a fascinating range of works made using linoprint techniques. All artwork available for sale.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Maiolica bowl

Painted with Stories: The Making of Maiolica

  • 25 October 2016 — 7 May 2017 *on now

Ceramicist Myra McDonnell makes beautiful work inspired by maiolica, the tin-glazed pottery of the Italian Renaissance. This display will demonstrate how a dish is made using this traditional and highly skilled technique.


Free with admission
£9.50 adults
16 & under free
Half price Tuesday - £4.75



Portrait of Violet Lindsay, later Marchioness of Granby. G F Watts.

New Acquisition: Portrait of Violet Lindsay

  • 22 November 2016 — 19 February 2017

Violet Lindsay was one of the most glamorous social figures of the Victorian period. We are thrilled to announce that the Artists’ Village has acquired this beautiful Watts portrait of her.

See the new acquisition alongside another version of Watts’s portrait, as well as drawings by Lindsay herself and a watercolour of the legendary beauty made by none other than Queen Victoria.


£9.50 adult admission
16 & under free
Half price Tuesday - £4.75



It is an Ancient Mariner, Thomas Cooper Gotch.

Untold Stories: British Art from Private Collections

  • 22 November 2016 — 19 February 2017

Untold Stories: Pictures from Private Collections offers an exciting opportunity to see great works of art which are normally kept behind closed doors. Art collectors with a connection to the Artists’ Village have very generously allowed us to borrow some of their private treasures.

Victorian and early 20th century British oil paintings and watercolours will be brought together in a unique and fascinating feast for the eyes. Among the artists included are Pre-Raphaelites Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and William Holman Hunt, along with other great figures such as John Singer Sargent.

Lenders will take this opportunity to share not only their favourite works of art but also the extraordinary stories that accompany them.


£9.50 Adult admission
16 & under free
Half price Tuesdays - £4.75



The Battle of the Gods and Giants. G F Watts.

A Life in Art: G F Watts 1817-1904

  • 28 February — 5 November 2017

To mark G F Watts’s landmark birthday in February we will be unveiling a timeline of the artist’s life. Highlighting key occasions in Watts’s career, this illustrated chronology will tell the story of ‘England’s Michelangelo’ and his rise to prominence from humble origins to become a world-famous artist.
Featuring a selection of his finest drawings, this display showcases Watts’s remarkable story.


£9.50 adult admission
16 & under free
Half price Tuesday - £4.75



Apollo and Diana. G F Watts.

Monumental Murals

  • 28 February — 5 November 2017

Colossal, sculptural and highly admired, two extremely rare murals were painted by Watts for private homes in the 1850s. For the first time ever, see the beautiful Apollo and Diana, which has never been on public display before. This exhibition will bring together this forgotten masterpiece with Watts’s huge fresco Achilles and Briseis, which has been thoroughly restored.


£9.50 adult admission
16 & under free
Half price Tuesday - £4.75



Time. Dena from HMP Send.

The Big Issues 2017

  • 28 February — 26 March 2017

This exhibition showcases art made by participants in The Big Issues programme including prisoners at HMP Send, HMP/YOI Feltham and HMP Bronzefield, as well as young people from Surrey Youth Support Services and other Surrey-based community groups.



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.
BBC Flog It!

BBC Flog It! at the Artists' Village

  • 28 October 2016

Flog It!, the popular BBC one antiques series, is coming to Watts Gallery - Artists' Village on Friday 28 October 2016! Don't miss your chance to have up to three antiques or collectibles valued for free by experts from the show between 9.30am and 4pm. If selected for filming, you might be in with a chance of making some money by selling your items at auction a few weeks later.

For further information contact flog.it@bbc.co.uk or call 01179 747839.

Please note: there will be no access to Watts Gallery on Friday 28 October due to filming. Watts Studios, Watts Chapel, the Visitor Centre and the Tea Shop will be open as usual.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children



Watts at Dusk

Watts at Dusk: The Uncanny

  • 28 October 2016 5-9pm

Join us for a night of uncanny happenings at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village as part of Museums at Night.

Dress up in your spookiest Halloween costume and take part in our Woodland Costume Parade with prizes for the best dressed!

Sketch deathly drawings from creepy stone models that could come alive after dark with Art Macabre and Surrey Art School founder Ellie Green.

Hear the Wattses' gardener George Andrews tell haunting ghost stories in the woodlands.

Become a ghastly goblin, scary skeleton or warty witch for the night with face painting by Fascinating Faces.

Explore Limnerslease by candle light on a guided tour.

Warm up your chilled bones with seasonal food and hot drinks on the lawn.

Listen to live music and Make! Halloween Crafts. All activities FREE with admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Half price Adult entry - £4.75
16 and under go free



Watts Victorian Christmas Fair

Watts Victorian Christmas Fair

  • 26 — 27 November 2016

Escape the crowded town centre and celebrate the Victorian heritage of the Artists' Village by taking part in traditional Christmas activities inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement.

The young (and the young at heart!) will love hearing stories from our Victorian Father Christmas and exploring our 12 Days of Christmas Trail across the Artists' Village.

Come and Make!
Terracotta decorations
Marbled wrapping paper
Printed gift tags
Scented orange pomanders
Willow wreaths
Paper angels

Treat yourselves to sugar plums, mince pies and mulled wine before visiting our new exhibitions.

With a great seasonal menu on offer at the Tea Shop, local choirs singing traditional carols, horse and carriage rides to Watts Chapel and unique and original gifts on offer in the shop, we're sure you'll find this a perfect way to start the festive season.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


2 for 1 adult admission
16 & under free



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