Watts Gallery today
By 2004 — 100 years after it first opened — conditions at Watts Gallery had deteriorated so severely that it was deemed at risk. The Trustees launched the aptly named Hope Project with the aim to save the building and its unique collection for at least another hundred years to come. Following an extensive restoration and extension, Watts Gallery re-opened in 2011.
Two new temporary exhibition spaces were added as well as an outer workshop equipped with a kiln as a learning space. The Wattses had always been keen to involve local communities in projects, a value that the Artists' Village endorses today with its outreach and learning programmes. The Hope Wall outside the Sculpture Gallery was also created: through word and image it records the thoughts and memories of the current local community.