Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
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.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective, Archive, Museum, Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site
Watts Gallery , 10.30am - 5pm
Visitor Centre & The Tea Shop open daily, 10am - 5pm
Limnerslease and Watts Studios: Re-opening spring 2021
Standard Adult: £12.50 (£13.75 including gift aid)
Children under 18: Free
Groups: Coach parties welcome if booked in advance. Group rates/ tours available.
- National Art Pass
Our library and archive is open to the public by appointment only.
Anita Klein: Together
- 1 May — 4 July 2021 *on now
Watts Contemporary Gallery
Free admission | All works for sale wattsgallery.org.uk/shop
Renowned painter-printmaker Anita Klein is known for her confident use of line, dazzling colour palette and poignant subject matter, exploring the humour and beauty of everyday life. Describing her works as a ‘visual diary’, she captures personal observations and celebratory moments to create images and memories that are universally understood.
Showcasing more than 90 works, Together reflects on Klein’s experience of the last year, which she says has ‘thrown into sharp focus the closeness to family and friends that we all treasure and previously took for granted’.
Together is a celebration of love, joy and counting our blessings as we take a few tentative steps back into normality.
Free Entry no booking required
Henry Scott Tuke
- 7 June — 12 September 2021 *on now
Henry Scott Tuke explores the complexities that surround the life and art of this British painter, famed for his depictions of sun, sea, and bathing during a late Victorian and Edwardian golden age. Tackling questions of artistic influence, art practice and a varied reception history, the exhibition brings together some of Tuke’s most significant and evocative artworks.
Having spent his early years studying at the Slade School of Art, Tuke first discovered the appeal of painting en plein air on his travels in Italy and France. On his return to Britain in the 1880s, like many of his generation, Tuke was drawn to Cornwall. He initially headed to Newlyn, while the emerging artists’ colony was still in its infancy, before settling in Falmouth. Using both beach and boat as his studio, Tuke built his early reputation with ambitious sombre-coloured scenes of Cornish seafaring. He even converted an old French brigantine, the Julie of Nantes, into a colossal 60-foot floating studio. It was aboard this vessel that Tuke painted his most ambitious seafaring subject, All Hands to the Pumps! (Tate).
Today – as in his lifetime – Tuke is best known for his distinctive depictions of nude male youths and boys swimming, messing about in boats and sunbathing on Cornish beaches. Influenced by the colour and technique of the European avant-garde, Tuke strove to capture the chromatic effects of sunlight on skin, becoming a leading figure in the resurgence of the male nude in British art.
Henry Scott Tuke explores the varied reception of Tuke’s works, which have provoked a complex range of responses from the pastoral to the erotic. The exhibition invites visitors to consider how his art provokes questions about the depiction and exhibition of the body, both in the artist’s lifetime and today.
This exhibition is accompanied by a major new book on the artist published by Yale University Press (April 2021).
Watts Gallery Trust is deeply grateful to the Exhibition Circle for their support of this and forthcoming exhibitions.
Under 18s Free
Watts Tots Live
- 18 June 2021 10-10:30am
Online via Zoom
Pre-booking required | Under 5s
Explore art through storytelling, music, movement and making. Inspired by a different artwork each month, these live multisensory sessions are led by artists, storytellers and museum educators.
£5 per child | Friends £4.50 per child
Watts Gallery - Artists' Village