Watts Gallery - Artists' Village launches our first ever crowdfunding campaign
Can you imagine a great big beautiful bronze sculpture of a colossal horse, gloriously presiding over the Surrey Hills? G F Watts could, and now we need your help with the final push so it can really happen.
2017 offers an important opportunity to realise the great British artist G F Watts's ambition of Art for All. Our vision at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is to create a new bronze cast of the artist's colossal sculpture, Physical Energy. A landmark for the South East, it will be a visible testament to Watts's passionate belief that art is for all, regardless of class, gender, ethnicity and age.
We need your support in bringing Physical Energy to the Artists' Village in Surrey as a landmark for art and culture. Launching on Tuesday 25 April, we are crowdfunding as part of the final push to raise £25,000 to site a new bronze cast of G F Watts's masterpiece of equestrian sculpture on the Artists' Village estate.
Earlier this year, we announced the commissioning of a new cast of Physical Energy as part of our Watts 200 bicentenary celebrations, marking 200 years since Watts's birth. With the mould-making now complete and casting about to begin, we are asking for your help in getting our horse to the top of the hill.
In return for your donation, you will receive one of our unique rewards, which include limited-edition postcards, tote bags, prints by British artist and illustrator Peter Cross and bespoke lustre tiles, each created exclusively for the campaign. High-level donors will have the opportunity to visit Pangolin Editions in Gloucestershire to see the new cast being made.
'With a third posthumous cast of this great work, as a new landmark for Surrey, I can't think of a better way to celebrate the region's most famous artist and the unique artists' village which Watts bequeathed to today's visitors. Watts believed in Art for All and this piece of art in the public domain can be enjoyed by all as well as support Watts Gallery Trust's efforts to transform lives through art.' — Perdita Hunt, Director of Watts Gallery Trust
Our crowdfunding campaign runs from 25 April to 30 May. Help bring Physical Energy to the Artists' Village and say #YayNotNeigh to public art!
To find out more and to donate, click here.