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

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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.
photograph of lustreware

The Art of Lustreware

  • 18 October 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now

Jonathan Chiswell Jones is one of a handful of potters worldwide to make lusterware by reduction firing. The process has a thousand year history, which began in the Middle East.

Inspired by a book on the work of William De Morgan, Jonathan began to work with reduction fired lustre on porcelain about 15 years ago. Jonathan describes the process below:

''It is a process by which silver and copper salts are reduced to metal during the firing. This metal is deposited in minutely thin layers into the surface of a glaze to reflect light and create iridescence. If this description sounds baffling, in practice, the process resembles cookery as much as science.

Since the process is sensitive to so many variables, it requires some persistence from the potter to overcome many initial disappointments. It took about 30 firings of our substantial kiln before we achieved reasonable results. The process of exploration, of trial, error and experiment is what makes the enterprise fascinating.

The designs and patterns are drawn freehand with a brush, using minimal guidelines or reference points as a start. Working this way allows for natural variations in the work, and helps to keep it alive. Pots are signed JCJ and numbered. At the time of writing, we have reached number 6015.''

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/exhibition/special-exhibition/2014/09/30/art-lustreware

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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

Website

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

Watts Gallery

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

admission to galler
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

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.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/exhibition/learning-exhibition/2014/10/23/coming-soon-big-issues-exhibition-2015

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.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/exhibition/gallery-exhibition/2014/10/20/coming-soon-liberating-fashion-aesthetic-dress-victorian

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

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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