Watts Gallery

Watts Gallery
Down Lane
Compton
Guildford
Surrey
GU3 1DQ
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.wattsgallery.org.uk

E-mail

info@wattsgallery.org.uk

Telephone

01483 810235

Fax

01483 810285

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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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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

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

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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

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/exhibition/gallery-exhibition/2014/05/06/coming-soon-russian-fairytale-art-and-craft-elena-polenova

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Winter Illuminations

  • 28 November 2014 — 28 February 2015

Enter a magical wonderland of porcelain sculptures illuminated against the winter skies. Designed by artist Mary Branson, Supernature celebrates Surrey landscape and wildlife through sound and light.

Supernature at Watts Gallery has been made possible by IGuzzini lighting systems and a kind donation from Emma Verey.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

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Tuesday to Sunday (incl Bank Holiday Mondays): 11am - 5pm
Monday: Closed

Prices

Adults: £7.50
Students: £3.75
Tuesday: ALL TICKETS £3.75
Kids under 16 - FREE
Friends of Watts Gallery: FREE
Carers: Free

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/events/special-events/2014/10/20/winter-illuminations

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.
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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+

Admission

£120/£115 (Friends & Students)

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/events/practical-art-classes/2014/05/02/art-evening-course-0

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Family Tour: Discover! Autumn

  • 26 October 2014 2-3pm *on now
  • 1 November 2014 From 2pm
  • 2 November 2014 2-3pm

Discover! tours are FREE interactive family tours in the Gallery. They take place once a month on a Saturday afternoon. Explore the collections together as a family through activities and crafts. Previous themes have included Folktales and Fairy Fans, Bugs and Beasts and Victorian Costume. All ages are welcome but recommended for children aged 3+. Please meet at the Visitor Centre.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15

Admission

Free

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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

Admission

£7.50/£6.50 (Friends)

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/events/families/2014/05/02/make-workshop-2

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Watts Academy: Creepy Collage Workshop

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

Create creepy drawings to make three-dimensional Halloween collages.

Admission

£7.50/£6.50 Friends

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/events/young-people/2014/05/02/watts-academy-events-young-people

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Young People's Event: The Art Forum

  • 4 November 2014 5:30-7pm
  • 3 March 2015 5:30-7pm

Interested in Art, Design, Museums & Galleries? Join the Art Forum. Take part in creative projects, lead gallery tours, attend private views and use the studio to create your own artwork.

Email learningapprentice@wattsgallery.org.uk for further details.


4 November,
2 December,
6 January,
3 February,
3 March

5.30 - 7pm

14 -18 years, Free

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

14 -18 years, Free

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/events/watts-academy-events-young-people/2014/10/21/young-peoples-event-3

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Family Event

  • 8 November 2014 2-3pm

Explore the story of Watts Gallery’s Victorian buildings and discover some hidden inventions before working together as architects to create a building!

Interactive family tours in the Gallery take place once a month on a Saturday afternoon exploring a range of fun, creative themes.

Recommended for children aged 3+

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Collect your ticket from the Visitor Centre. No booking required.

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/events/family-events/2014/10/21/family-event

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Open Studio and Demonstration

  • 8 November 2014 12-4pm

8 November 2014
12 - 4pm, Free drop-in

Moorcroft Art Pottery has been made in Stoke on Trent since 1897. Peter Harrison, one of Moorcroft Pottery’s most experienced artists, will demonstrate the signature techniques of the decoration.

Work is for sale in the shop.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free drop-in

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/events/special-events/2014/10/21/open-studio-and-demonstration-0

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Young People's Event Terracotta Workshop

  • 8 November 2014 10:30am-1pm, 2-4:30pm

8 November 2014

10 - 12 years: 10.30am - 1pm

13 - 16 years: 2 - 4.30pm

Pre-booking required

Create terracotta decorations inspired by the Russian Fairytale exhibition. Led by ceramicist Adrienne Roberts.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£7.50/£6.50 for Friends
Pre-booking required

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/events/watts-academy-events-young-people/2014/10/21/young-peoples-event

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Evening Event

  • 12 November 2014 6:30-8pm

Hear latest research inspired by G F and Mary Watts.
Dr Nick Tromans, Curator at Watts Gallery will reveal research about the recently acquired Watts Self-Portrait.

Network meetings are open to all Watts enthusiasts, including artists, designers, conservators, historians and students.

To book please email: learningcoordinator@wattsgallery.org.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Free pre-booking required

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/events/free-events/2014/10/20/evening-event

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Open Studio and Demonstration

  • 13 November 2014 2-4pm

Join ceramicist Jonathan Chiswell Jones to hear about the process involved in the creation of lustrewear and to view his new exhibition in the Old Pottery Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free drop-in

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/events/special-events/2014/10/21/open-studio-and-demonstration

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