A Fairytale Summer at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

A Fairytale Summer at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Discover an enchanting exhibition on the Victorian fairy painter Richard Dadd

16 June – 1 November 2015

Visit the most ambitious exhibition of Dadd's work for decades. Richard Dadd (1817-1886) was an exact contemporary of G F Watts, and their early careers had much in common. They were both students at the Royal Academy, admirers of the Parthenon Marbles and travelled abroad in the 1840s. The exhibition brings together some of the artist's most brilliant works of incredibly detailed fairy lands, including his masterpiece, The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, generously lent by Tate.


A 1940s prints exhibition in Watts Contemporary (open until 4 October)

An exhibition of popular lithographs produced in the 1930s and 40s to bring good art to ordinary people at affordable prices. All works are for sale and include School Prints, Lyons Lithographs and Coronation Suite lithographs. The post-war School Prints scheme commissioned work from well-known contemporary artists to give children access to good quality works of art in a time of austerity.


A new display of Pre-Raphaelite ceramics and paintings by the De Morgans; (opens 4 August)

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.


Free family trails

5 things for Under 5s

Free, always available from the Watts Gallery
Pick up one of our 5 Things for Under 5s bags. Follow the trail to explore 5 artworks together through props and touch objects. Recommended for under 5s and their grown-ups.

Family Guide

Free, always available from the Watts Gallery
Pick up a Family Guide in the Gallery. Follow this self-guided trail to explore the Watts Gallery Collection of paintings and sculptures with G F Watts and Tom the apprentice. Recommended for ages 5-11.

The Art Trail

Free, always available from the Watts Gallery
Hunt out the top 10 things to find in the Gallery chosen by young people, for young people. Recommended for ages 12-18.

Woodland Fairy Trail

Free, always available from the Watts Gallery
Pick up a trail in the gallery and hunt for signs of fairies in the enchanted Watts Gallery woodlands. Recommended for ages 3+.


A programme of events and free drop-in pottery workshops

Make! An Animated Fairyland
28, 30, 31 July - 11am-1pm & 2-4pm
Make a stop-motion animation in one afternoon! Be inspired by the bizarre fairy world of Victorian artist, Richard Dadd, see his imaginary landscapes and characters before inventing your own with animator Jessica Ashman. Learn the basic techniques of Claymation model making and paper set building to create your own enchanted forest fairyland.

Watts at Dusk
31 July, 28 August - 5-9pm
As the sun sets on the Surrey Hills enjoy a surprising evening of art, entertainment and the chance to escape from it all after hours at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village. Each evening has its own special theme with music, food and a bar, and the chance to experience exciting performances and get involved with creative workshops for all ages.

Discover Tours! Desert Adventures
8 August - 2-3pm

Take an imaginary adventure into the desert. Work as a group to follow the map to the Middle East. Discover some curious sights, in the paintings that Richard Dadd made on his journey. Try different challenges before creating a collaborative story using sounds, props and drawings.

Studio Drop-In
6, 13, 20, 27 August - 1pm - 4pm - FREE

Take a birdlife trail and then drop in to the studio to make pottery inspired by your discoveries. Your creations will help us to make a community art installation for the woodlands at the soon to be opened Watts Studios.

All within the beautiful countryside setting of the Artists' Village.