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).
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.
Liberating Fashion: Aesthetic Dress in Victorian Portraits
- 17 February — 7 June 2015 *on now
The exhibition showcases masterpieces by the Victorian Greats, including Watts, Leighton, Burne-Jones, Alma-Tadema and Tissot alongside fashion, photography and drawings.
The exhibition sheds new light on how Aestheticism led to a re-assessment of perceptions of beauty and heralded a fashion reform. These captivating portraits from the Aesthetic movement demonstrate how the sitters engaged with the changes in fashion, and how this in turn influenced a change in portraiture.
Normal admission charges apply
Companions in Art
- 28 February — 7 June 2015 *on now
Signed watercolour lithographs by HRH The Prince of Wales and a selection of works by acclaimed artist, Alexander Creswell, will be for sale. HRH The Prince of Wales is an accomplished watercolourist and was officially recognised for his skill in 2001, when he received the Lorenzo de Medici Gold Medal at the Florence Biennale. HRH The Prince of Wales was introduced to Alexander Creswell’s work in 1991, and in 1992 Alexander was commissioned to paint Windsor Castle after the fire and again after the restoration in 1997. Alexandar was the Official Artist on HRH The Prince of Wales’s Tour of Central Europe.
Jennie Jewitt Harris
- 16 June — 19 July 2015
This exhibition shows work by Jennie Jewitt-Harris, created whilst 2014-2015 Watts Gallery Artist in Residence. Jennie works with drawing, stereoscopic photography, collage and sculpture and draws on her personal history in medicine and psychology as inspiration.
She focuses on the subject of time, relating to our personal stories and influences. Her interests are in the psychology of time, why we remember or forget experiences and the emotional triggers such as scale. Jennie uses weathered objects from woodland lane and the Watts Gallery Estate and draws inspiration from the Watts Collection such as Time Death and Judgement. Literature is also a starting point for many of her work. She uses these as a metaphor for the many influences we experience in our lives that shape our views and decisions.
The Art of Bedlam: Richard Dadd
- 16 June — 1 November 2015
Dadd was one of the most gifted artists of the early Victorian period, making his name with imaginative Shakespearean images. Despite later suffering from severe mental illness and spending much of his career in psychiatric hospitals, Dadd continued to create beautiful and haunting pictures including masterpieces such as The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke.