Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Watts Gallery
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Watts Gallery — Artists' Village is a unique family day out in the Surrey Hills. Explore the newly opened Watts Studios then discover Victorian paintings and sculpture in the historic Watts Gallery before treating yourself to lunch or cream tea in The Tea Shop. Stroll to the nearby Grade-I listed Watts Chapel, taking in the beautiful woodlands and grounds, take a tour of founders G F and Mary Wattses' Grade-II listed house Limnerslease (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday only) or discover the wide selection of gifts, books and homewares in the shop. Free family trails and resources are available every day of the week.

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

Closed Mondays apart from Bank Holidays

Visitor Centre & The Tea Shop open daily

Admission charges

Standard Adult: £9.50 (£10.50 including gift aid)
Students: £4.75
Children under 16: Free
Discounted Tuesdays: All tickets £4.75

Groups: Coach parties welcome if booked in advance. Group rates/ tours available.

Discounts

  • National Art Pass

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.

The De Morgan Collection

  • 1 April 2015 — 1 November 2018 *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/

The Battle of the Gods and Giants. G F Watts.

A Life in Art: G F Watts 1817-1904

  • 28 February — 5 November 2017 *on now

To mark G F Watts’s landmark birthday in February we will be unveiling a timeline of the artist’s life. Highlighting key occasions in Watts’s career, this illustrated chronology will tell the story of ‘England’s Michelangelo’ and his rise to prominence from humble origins to become a world-famous artist.
Featuring a selection of his finest drawings, this display showcases Watts’s remarkable story.

Admission

£9.50 adult admission
16 & under free
Half price Tuesday - £4.75

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/watts-200-life-art-g-f-watts-1817-1904/

Apollo and Diana. G F Watts.

Monumental Murals

  • 28 February — 5 November 2017 *on now

Colossal, sculptural and highly admired, two extremely rare murals were painted by Watts for private homes in the 1850s. For the first time ever, see the beautiful Apollo and Diana, which has never been on public display before. This exhibition will bring together this forgotten masterpiece with Watts’s huge fresco Achilles and Briseis, which has been thoroughly restored.

Admission

£9.50 adult admission
16 & under free
Half price Tuesday - £4.75

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/watts-200-monumental-murals/

Gwen Raverat

A Craft Engrained: Wood Engravings by Gwen Raverat and Artists of Today

  • 4 April — 25 June 2017 *on now

A Craft Engrained showcases work by Gwen Raverat and three of the most eminent wood engravers of today: Hilary Paynter, Howard Phipps and Anne Desmet RA.

Born into an illustrious, free-thinking family, Gwen Raverat (1885-1957) grew up in Cambridge and throughout her life was close to members of the artistic and intellectual elites of the time. She took up wood engraving in the early 20th century when it was a deeply unfashionable art form. Her works were key in reviving the craft of wood engraving and establishing it as an independent expressive art form. In 1920 Raverat was one of ten founder-members of the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE).

By the 1950s, a post war shortage of materials and the development of new printing techniques meant there was less demand for wood engraving. By the early 1970s, screen printing, pop art and photography eclipsed wood engraving, and its particular charms were largely overlooked. In the early 1980s, Hilary Paynter was among a group who worked to revive the then-moribund SWE, re-establishing its annual show and producing a quarterly magazine. The SWE now has over seventy artist members from Britain and overseas.

The three contemporary artists selected for this exhibition — Anne Desmet RA, Hilary Paynter and Howard Phipps — are outstanding exponents of the craft today. Their subject matter, ranging from landscape to architecture, whimsy to socio-political commentary, show that it is an art form very much alive and well.

All artwork is for sale.

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/craft-engrained-wood-engravings-gwen-raverat-and-artists-today/

Emma Bridgewater: Pomegranates

Emma Bridgewater: Pomegranates

  • 12 April — 31 August 2017 *on now

Entrepreneur, ceramics designer and author Emma Bridgewater has produced new work inspired by the pomegranate, a symbolic fruit associated with healing and the afterlife and which features in Mary Watts's designs for the Aldershot Panels and Watts Chapel.

This new work will be on display in the Mary Watts Gallery; admission is included with a day ticket.

Ceramics and other merchandise by Emma Bridgewater will be available for purchase in the shop at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village during the duration of the display.

Admission

Adults £9.50
Chilldren 16 & under free

G F Watts, After the Deluge

G F Watts: England's Michelangelo

  • 20 June — 26 November 2017

G F Watts (1817 - 1904) had a career spanning over 70 years, and he inspired many household names including Rossetti, Tennyson, Leighton, Picasso, Lucien Freud and Barack Obama. Celebrating 200 years since his birth, England's Michelangelo explores Watts as a painter, social activist and philanthropist.

Explore the major themes of Watts's art: colour, cosmos and celebrity. View the artist's most striking masterpieces, borrowed from public and private collections and showcased in his own historic picture gallery.

See one of the nation's favourite portraits, Choosing (1864, National Portrait Gallery), displayed alongside powerful protest paintings and abstract canvases, such as The Sower of the Systems (1902, Art Gallery of Ontario), which is returning to the UK for the first time in over a century.

At the heart of the show are Watts's most ambitious allegorical and Symbolist works, including the iconic Hope (1886, private collection) and Love and Life (1880s, private collection), which formerly hung in the White House.

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to enjoy Watts at his very best.

Enjoy a guided 40-minute exhibition tour on the last Tuesday of each month for just £4.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £9.50
16 & under free

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/g-f-watts-englands-michelangelo/

Evelyn Dunbar

Evelyn Dunbar: Studies, Illustrations & Paintings

  • 14 July — 24 September 2017

Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960) was the only full-time woman war artist during WW2. Following the discovery of a hoard of lost works in 2012, her legacy as one of the foremost British artists of the 20th century has been refreshed. Discover previously unseen studies for many of her most celebrated paintings.

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/evelyn-dunbar-studies-illustrations-paintings/

Monica Takvam

Monica Takvam: Artist in Residence

  • 30 September — 8 October 2017

Monica Takvam is a Norwegian photographer. With photography, sound and text, she explores vision, perception and the mechanism of seeing.

The Artist in Residence programme is a partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/monica-takvam-artist-residence/

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.
David Owen Norris

An Evening of Victorian Song

  • 24 May 2017 7-8pm *on now

Pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris presents an evening of Victorian music, recreating Watts's 80th birthday party featuring classical music by G F Handel and popular Victorian songs.

Admission

£15

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/evening-victorian-song/

G F Watts, The Irish Famine

Philanthropy: A Call to Alms

  • 29 June 2017 4:30-7pm

Join Watts Gallery Trust for a symposium chaired by Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, social campaigner and champion of corporate and personal social responsibility.

This event explores the Wattses' legacy of Art for All and the philanthropy of the past and its influence and relevance today. Speakers include the historian David Starkey and Tristram Hunt, historian and Director of the V&A.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

The Charterhouse
Charterhouse Square
London
EC1M 6AN
England

Admission

£20 suggested donation

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/philanthropy-call-alms/

Antiques & Collectibles Valuation Day

Antiques & Collectibles Valuation Day

  • 6 September 2017 10am-4pm

Bring your valuables to be appraised by specialists in gemology, silver, antiques, entertainment and memorabilia, collectibles and fine art from Ewbank’s Fine Art Auctioneers.

Admission

Donation fee £1 per item

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/antiques-collectibles-valuation-day/

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

  • 9 — 10 September 2017 11am-5pm

Enjoy free guided tours, family trails, pottery demonstrations and open studios over the Heritage Open Days weekend and discover the unique 19th century heritage of the Artists’ Village, its collections and the people who worked and lived here.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

Ellen Terry as Juliet

Rotten Perfect

  • 29 September — 1 October 2017

Lynchpin Productions present Rotten Perfect, a witty snapshot of the impassioned backstage lives of Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. Once the young wife and muse of G F Watts, Ellen Terry is now leading lady at the Lyceum Theatre.

Actor Manager Henry Irving is doing everything he can to keep his theatre up and running and to keep his star actress, but she is tired of coming second to his classical heroes.

Admission

£15

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/rotten-perfect/

Lady Augusta Holland

G F Watts & Portraiture

  • 19 October 2017 7-9:30pm

A panel including Watts Gallery Trustee and former Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Richard Ormond, and writer A N Wilson will discuss Watts’s unmatched contribution to Victorian portraiture.

This event will be held in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, where Watts’s most significant portraits are displayed.

Book online at npg.org.uk/events or by calling 02073 060055. Please note: tickets are available from 3 August.

Admission

£8

Website

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

Museums at Night

Museums at Night: Cosmos

  • 28 October 2017 4-9pm

Bring the whole family to discover the mystery and wonder of the galaxy that inspired Watts in a Cosmos-themed late night opening. Visit our pop-up planetarium, create glow-in-the-dark paintings and make a twinkling constellation in a jar.

Hear astrophysicists talk about Watts’s thought-provoking painting Sower of the Systems and enjoy music and cocktails under the stars. Drop by the Tea Shop to try seasonal food and drinks.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £9.50
Children 16 & under free

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/museums-night-cosmos/

Victorian Christmas Fair

Victorian Christmas Fair

  • 25 — 26 November 2017 10:30am-4pm

Enjoy the Artists’ Village filled with the sounds & scents of the season: crafts, Christmas carols, festive food and Father Christmas! Don’t miss the Verey Winter Illuminations, lighting up the Artists’ Village all winter.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £9.50
Children 16 & under free

Website

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/whats-on/victorian-christmas-fair-2017/

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
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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