Watts Gallery

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Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is a hidden gem nestled in the Surrey Hills. With historic galleries of national significance, an ornate chapel, a breath-taking Arts & Crafts home and studio there's something for everyone to discover at the Artists' Village.

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

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.

William & Evelyn De Morgan

  • 1 April 2015 — 20 January 2024 *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

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/whats-on/william-evelyn-demorgan/

Brothers in Art: Drawings by Watts and Leighton

  • 17 November 2015 — 19 February 2016 *on now

Friends for forty years, G F Watts and Frederic Leighton enjoyed one of the Victorian era's longest and most productive artistic partnerships. Although both men were celebrated painters, drawing was the skill they most admired in one another. Masterful, personal, and beautiful, their drawings are imaginative records of their artistic ideals and reveal the pair's extraordinary technical ability. Showcasing some of the artists' never-before- seen masterpieces, this exhibition will bring Watts's and Leighton's finest drawings together for the first time.

Bringing together 70 works on paper from the Watts Gallery Collection and Leighton House Drawings Collection – Brothers in Art will shed new light on one of the period's most fascinating artistic and intellectual partnerships and will reveal the richness, diversity and wider significance of Victorian drawing.

George Frederic Watts (1817 – 1904) and Frederic Leighton (1830 – 1896) were friends for over forty years. As neighbours in the unique colony of artists' houses built in Holland Park in the second half of the 19th century, the “two brothers-in-art" would often call on each other using a gate that connected their gardens.

Both artists expressed huge appreciation of each other's artistic skill. Of Leighton's drawings, Watts proclaimed his “unbounded admiration," saying that he only wished his friend would “retain more of the beauty of his sketches in the finished work". And upon first meeting Watts in 1855, Leighton declared that “Watts is a most marvellous fellow, and if he had but decent health would whip us all, if he does not already".

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/brothers-art/

Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali Stillman

  • 1 March — 5 June 2016

Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali Stillman is the first retrospective of the artist's work showcasing her importance within the Victorian avant-garde. Bringing together some twenty landscapes, portraits, subject paintings and photographs – many of which have not been on public display since the artist's lifetime – the exhibition will demonstrate the quality and importance of one of the most admired women artists of the 19th century.

Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927) was one of a small number of professional female artists working in the second half of the 19th century within the British Pre-Raphaelite circle. Born in London to an eminent Greek family, it was as a model that Marie began her engagement with art, initially for pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron in her studio at Dimbola on the Isle of Wight.

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/poetry-beauty/

The Big Issues Exhibition

  • 1 — 13 March 2016

This exhibition showcases art made by prisoners at HMP Send, HMP/YOI Feltham, HMP Bronzefield, young people from Surrey Youth Support Services and other Surrey-based community groups. Much of the work is for sale and is inspired by the big issues which G F Watts made art about.

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/big-issues-exhibition/

Watts Landscapes

  • 1 March — 5 June 2016

An intimate view of landscape paintings by G F Watts, from Egypt to the heart of the Surrey Hills and the peaks of the Alps.

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/watts-landscapes/

Close Up & Personal: Victorians & their Photography

  • 14 June — 6 November 2016

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.

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/close-personal-victorians-their-photography/

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.
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