Our Mission

Inspired by our founders, our vision, mission and values are at the heart of all that we do, and inform our business and action plans.

G F and Mary Watts founded this unique place, brimming with art and ideas. Today we continue to share their story and welcome you to engage, be inspired and create.

Our Vision

To be an international centre for engaging with mid-19th to early 20th-century art, social history, craft, design and architecture, and the exploration of its relevance in our lives.

To provide an inspiring and enriching visitor experience that celebrates artistic excellence by partnering with practising artists and makers to explore the art and ideas of G F and Mary Watts, and how their values shape our vision for equality of opportunity through the arts.

To use inspiring and innovative ways to transform lives through art, inside and beyond Watts Gallery – Artists' Village.

To play a leading role in the international Artist's Studio Museums Network and to advocate with audiences worldwide for Watts Gallery – Artists' Village and the other unique places and spaces within the Network that inspire artists.

Values

Discovery

Independent-minded, innovative, inspirational, experimental and dynamic. Once a hidden gem, now a place where people make their own personal discoveries through art, architecture and the environment.

Authenticity

True to our founders' vision, values and ideals; a place of authentic artistic excellence and academic calibre. A place of interpretation and creation – a gateway between late 19th to early 20th-century heritage and 21st-century innovation. Maintaining our unique sense of place through our guardianship of the art, ideas, buildings and wider landscape that today make up Watts Gallery – Artists' Village.

Community

A rural haven away from the everyday where nature and art combine, fulfilling our founders' Arts & Crafts vision. We treasure our village location by showing respect for the community, working locally and inclusively and providing community support. We play a central role in placemaking for Surrey and the wider South-East region.

Welcoming

We offer a warm welcome to all visitors as a place of artistic inspiration that everyone can enjoy. We ensure that the commitment, enthusiasm and energy of staff and volunteers delivers a first-class visitor experience for everyone.

Art for All

We follow in the footsteps of our founders by using the transformative power of the arts to move, inspire and engage and by driving social change, self-development and empowerment through the arts.

Excellence

We maintain the highest standards of international excellence and showcase high quality works of art, ensuring an eye for detail and offering a seamless visitor experience. This is demonstrated through innovative and experimental programmes, constant and continuing research, development and scholarship.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

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Limnerslease Tours: The Artists' Home

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22 Apr

The Make Space

22 Apr

A Pre-Raphaelite Collection Unveiled: The Cecil French Bequest Exhibition Tour

24 Apr

Watts Tots: Painting

25 Apr

Conservation Open Studio

26 Apr

Pottery: Dementia Friends

26 Apr

Limnerslease Tours: The Artists' Home

24 Apr
29 Apr

The Make Space

29 Apr

Conservation Open Studio

3 May