Posted 25th April 2017
Earlier in 2017, Watts Gallery Trust announced that we would be commissioning a new bronze cast of G F Watts's sculptural masterpiece Physical Energy as part of the Watts 200 programme celebrating 200 years since Watts's birth. This colossal sculpture of a man on horseback is the artist's most famous work, and we plan to install the new bronze at the Artists' Village in Surrey as a public landmark of art and culture in the south east.
As part of the final push to install the new sculpture, we are launching a crowdfunding campaign through Art Happens to raise the £25,000 required to site Physical Energy at the Artists' Village. The campaign runs from 25 April until 30 May, during which time visitors to the Artists' Village can enjoy special events such as Museums at Night on Saturday 20 May and An Evening of Victorian Song on Wednesday 24 May.
In return for their donations, donors will receive a unique reward from a brilliant selection that includes postcards, tote bags, limited edition prints by British artist and illustrator Peter Cross, bespoke lustre tiles and more, all 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.
Perdita Hunt, Director of Watts Gallery Trust, says:
Physical Energy provides the 'wow' factor in Watts Gallery . . . 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.
Jenny Seagrove, Actress, Founding Trustee of Mane Chance Sanctuary, which neighbours Watts Gallery – Artists' Village, and supporter of the campaign, says:
Horses and art both stand equal, to my mind, as being transformative catalysts for people's lives. To be able to support this campaign, the placing of a sculpture very dear to me, just around the corner from the inspirational Watts Gallery – Artists' Village and our sanctuary, Mane Chance, is an absolute honour and privilege.
Please visit artfund.org/physical-energy between 25 April and 30 May 2017 to donate.