Watts Gallery

Watts Gallery
Down Lane

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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.

A Russian Fairytale: The Art and Craft of Elena Polenova

  • 18 November 2014 — 8 February 2015 *on now

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



Watts Gallery

Winter Illuminations

  • 28 November 2014 — 28 February 2015 *on now

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


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



collaged image, part of big issues exhibition

The Big Issues Exhibition 2015

  • 2 — 20 February 2015

This exhibition showcases art made by prisoners at HMP Send, HMP/YOI Feltham, HMP Bronzefield, young people from Surrey Youth Support Services and four Surrey–based community groups.

The work is inspired by the big issues reflected in G F Watts’s art.


Normal admission charges apply



painting of woman in blue dress watering plant

Liberating Fashion: Aesthetic Dress in Victorian Portraits

  • 17 February — 7 June 2015

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



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.
Watts Gallery

Young People's Event: The Art Forum

  • 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


14 -18 years, Free