About Watts Gallery – Artists' Village

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is located in Compton, near Guildford, in the Surrey Hills. Founded in 1904, Watts Gallery Trust promotes the enjoyment and understanding of the art of George Frederic Watts and Mary Watts who established a home and studios here in the 1890's. Watts Gallery - Artists' Village encompasses a unique group of Arts & Crafts buildings: Watts Gallery, Watts Studios, Watts Chapel and the Pottery Buildings which house a thriving Shop and Tea Shop.


Watts Gallery Trust is committed to addressing inequality in the arts and ensuring equality of opportunity in employment. We consider diversity a strength and are keen to make our workforce more representative of different backgrounds and experiences. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic, young, disabled, LGBTQI+, working class, or living or working in areas of socioeconomic deprivation in our region.

Please see below for our current vacancies.  Details of how to apply can be found in the Job Description for each vacancy.

Artist in Residence

We are looking for our next Artist in Residence to join us for 6 months between November 2022 and April 2023.

We are inviting artists to engage with and respond to our 6-month intervention into the Historic Galleries, an exhibition of photographic portraits by Simon Frederick, shown next to G F Watts’ ‘Hall of Fame’ society portraits from the Victorian era, ‘Faces of Fame: British Portraits then and now’ (27 September 2022 - 26 March 2023).

Twelve portraits of exceptional Black British figures from politics, business, sport, science and more, on loan to WGAV from the National Portrait Gallery, will sit next to G F Watts portraits of predominantly white men of the Victorian era. Bringing up questions of representation and the shift in societal norms, who is represented on gallery walls and who gets to choose; we are seeking an artist who is engaged with similar concerns.

Simon Frederick asks applicants to consider, “What does representation look like in the future? If we have been able to choose our creative practice, what gives us the right to choose?”

The successful artist will have exclusive use of a studio on site at WGAV for 6 months. The purpose of the residency is a period of research and development; whilst we ask for some level of public engagement throughout, there is no requirement for a final outcome. An Open Studio weekend will be promoted by WGAV to celebrate the end of the residency and for the artist to show the results of their research to-date.

For full details please see the attached brief.

To apply please submit the following to by 9am on Monday 3rdOctober:

- Your current CV

- A short statement on why you are applying for the residency, how it will benefit you at this point in your career/practice, and how you relate to the context outlined in the brief (max. 300 words)

- A maximum of 8 images of your work and/or a link to your website

- Any access or support needs you have in order to make the most of the residency at WGAV

- A completed Diversity Monitoring form

Artist in Residence Brief Download
Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form Download

Finance Manager

We are looking for a Finance Manager to join our Finance and Resources Team here at Watts Gallery – Artists Village.

The Finance Manager role is key to managing the day-to-day financial functions of Watts Gallery Trust. We are looking for someone with experience of working in a finance function managing accounts ideally within a charitable organisation. Experience in the arts, gallery and museum sector would be an advantage but is not essential.

You should have thorough working knowledge of VAT and Payroll and have experience of using Sage. If you are adaptable, a good communicator and love working in a busy finance function we would love to hear from you.

In return we can offer you an inspiring work setting, opportunities for flexible and supportive ways of working, family and friends’ tickets as well as discounts in our shop and tea shop.

If you are interested in joining the team please complete an application form and return it to

Closing date 5pm Friday 19th August 2022. Interviews 31st August 2022.

Finance Manager Download
Application Form Download
Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form Download

Waiting Staff – Full or part time positions

We are recruiting for waiting staff to join our thriving tea shop here at Watts Gallery from September 2022. We are looking for candidates with great customer service and communication skills who are able to work under pressure in our busy tea shop. In return we can offer you a friendly and fun working environment, free lunch on shift and tips, as well as discounts in the tea shop and the Watts Gallery shop.

We are looking for candidates who can work week day shifts alongside some bank holidays and weekends, shifts are 10.00am to 5.30pm and we welcome applications from full and part time job seekers as well as those on a gap year or studying. 

Experience in hospitality is preferred, but not essential as training will be provided. 

September 2022 start.

Job Types: Full-time/Part time, Permanent

Salary: £9.20-£9.55 per hour 

Please send your application to

Application Form - Tea Shop Download
Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form Download

Call out for Early Career Sculpture Conservators

Running alongside the A Fragmented Legacyexhibition is a programme of events that engage audiences with the making, exhibiting and conserving of sculpture.

We would like to invite early career conservators, specialising in sculpture, to propose projects for a five minute presentation as part of a PechaKucha style* event on Tuesday 13 September, as follows:

Discussions on Sculpture: Caring for Sculpture

Tuesday 13 September, 6 - 7.30pm, Historic Galleries, Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village

Chair: Tessa Jackson ACR, Founder, Jackson Sculpture Conservation Ltd

Host: Emma Coburn ACR, Collections Manager, Watts Gallery

Emma Coburn will give an introduction to care for sculpture in the Watts Gallery Collection, with specific reference to getting the items ready for A Fragmented Legacy. Tessa Jackson will give an overview of caring for sculpture in a range of scenarios, and will chair the PechaKucha with five selected early-career conservators each presenting a project for 5 minutes. This will be followed by a panel discussion and the event will finish with questions from the audience.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to present a sculptural project to a public and industry audience, meet and network with other professionals in the field, and have a guided tour of the A Fragmented Legacy exhibition with Emma Coburn and Giles Corby from London Sculpture Studio. Travel costs will be reimbursed.

How to apply

Please email before 10am on Monday 15 August 2022, including the following:

• A short (max 300 words) description of a recent sculptural conservation project you would like to talk about at the event, and what you would like to highlight in particular
• Maximum 6 images of the project (or a website link)
• An up to date CV
• Link to your website, and/or weblinks to other relevant projects you have been involved in

* PechaKucha is a specific style of presentation that originated in Japan that entails presentations of 20 slides, displayed for 20 seconds each, for a total presentation time of 6 minutes and forty seconds. Ours won’t be quite so strict, but is based on this idea.

Early Career Conservator Call Out Download


Volunteers give vital support to the Artists' Village, contributing in many different ways from engaging with visitors as stewards in the galleries to supporting our Curatorial Team to assisting at events and workshops. Discover all the Artists' Village has to offer while acquiring new skills and meeting likeminded people.

Watts Gallery Trust is an independent charity, and we rely on the commitment of over 300 volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds and age groups. Join us at an upcoming volunteer open morning to meet current staff and volunteers and to learn more about joining our team.

For more information, contact our Visitor Services Manager on 01483 813 580 or email