Heritage Open Days at Watts Gallery
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 September
FREE ENTRY and FREE ADMISSIONS
For the first time, visitors to Watts Gallery can enjoy the Artists’ Village on horse drawn carriage rides and meet G F Watts himself bought to life by a costumed actor, whilst enjoying FREE admission and FREE activities to celebrate the Heritage Open Days weekend.
Further highlights of the weekend will include hands-on pottery sessions, a range of trails and fun activities to keep the children entertained and free tours with expert guides and Curators.
· Horse drawn carriage rides
Visitors can sit back and relax on a horse drawn carriage ride from Watts Gallery to the Grade-I listed Chapel, the Arts & Crafts masterpiece designed by Mary Watts (rides £3 single, £4 return).
· Family Tours with G F Watts
A chance to meet the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts (1817 – 1904), who will invite visitors to join him to explore the Gallery. Brought to life by a costumed actor, families will journey back to the 19th Century to find out about the history of the Artists’ Village through activities and challenges.
· Family Activities
Pick up a Family Guide, the 5 Things for Under 5s Trail or Art Trail for young people.
· Open Studios
See former Watts Gallery Apprentice Potter Joyce Hyslop at work and roll up your sleeves and have a go at making your own terracotta tile or flower. Visit the studio of Artist in Residence, Jenny Jewitt Harris to see work in progress inspired by the Gallery and the surrounding landscape.
· Open Archive
A unique opportunity to see works on paper from the Watts Gallery archive, too fragile to be on permanent display. These include a drawing made by G F Watts when he was 10 years old, a sketch for The Minotaur and Mary Watts’s original diary.
· Guided tours of Watts Gallery, Watts Chapel, Limnerslease the Artists’ Home and Studios
Enjoy a pre-restoration tour of the Watts Studios, due to close this autumn and re-open late 2015. See the Arts & Crafts style home where G F and Mary Watts lived together, designed by Sir Ernest George. Tour the Gallery with a Curator or have a knowledgeable guide explain the complex symbolism of the Chapel decorations. Please note all activities are first come first served, no pre booking available, places are limited.