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Despite the Gallery being closed, last week felt as busy as ever

Posted 13th October 2008
Watts Contemporary Gallery


Despite the Gallery being closed, last week felt as busy as ever. Work on packing the collection moved forward, and Oxford Exhibition Services who are helping us in our collection storage confirmed their approach and quotes for building a ‘stable’ for Physical Energy’. It is heartening to hear that the collection is still encountering new advocates as we received a visit from art therapists from the National Health Service who would like to work with the collection in some of their work with carers. 

The Watts Gallery Information Point opened on Saturday and it is exciting to feel the Watts Gallery Estate becoming ever more active in the service of Watts and Mary Watts’s vision of art for all. In the Information Point we are showing the Watts film and at last, our collection is now available on line. We have even been able to restore Watts’s wheelbarrow which was used by the pottery for display outside the Information Point. 

The week ended on Saturday with an invitation for me to speak at the annual conference of Rotarians from the District 1140. I addressed over 500 people in Bournemouth and hope that many of them will pay a visit to the Chapel, the Information point and to the Watts in the City programme of events. We still have a long way to go to secure 2010 Friends by 2010 but with support from all of our good Friends we will get there!