Reopening Wednesday 2 December - Tier 2

Following the recent Government announcement that Surrey will be placed into Tier 2, Watts Gallery – Artists' Village is delighted to be reopening on Wednesday 2 December. We cannot wait to welcome visitors back and introduce you to our new winter programme.

As ever, the safety of our visitors, volunteers, local community and staff remain our top priority and we will continue to implement all our COVID-secure measures to help keep you safe. To enable us to adhere to social distancing, all our visitors will need to pre-book time slots for our Historic Galleries and temporary exhibition Art & Action: Making Change in Victorian Britain and only visit with those in their own household or support bubble. Please note that Watts Gallery – Artists' Village may be in a different tier to your home, so please check the government guidance for your local tier before booking. To find out more about what to expect from your visit and book tickets please click here.

Our reopening coincides with the launch of two inspiring new exhibitions in our temporary and contemporary galleries. Art & Action: Making Change in Victorian Britain is the first exhibition to focus on the Victorian roots of art activism. Featuring key works by Sir Luke Fildes, William Morris and G F Watts, the exhibition explores how, in the Victorian era, art came to be recognised as a powerful tool that could enact social change, improve lives and ultimately shape the future. In Watts Contemporary Gallery, our annual show In Print returns for its fourth year, featuring twice our usual number of printmakers in order to support more artists and makers in what has been a challenging year. IN PRINT: 20/20 Vision showcases work by 20 artists working in a diverse range of printmaking techniques, with all works available for you to purchase.

As the festive season approaches, be sure to explore the Christmas trees around the Artists' Village, as well as Belonging - a large-scale outdoor sculptural installation woven in willow by artist Deborah Davies. You can also purchase our Winter Holiday Make Kit, containing everything you need to personalise a festive decoration to hang up at home. Don't forget to head to the Tea Shop for delicious seasonal food and drinks to eat in and takeaway, and search for stocking fillers and delightful gifts in the Watts Shop.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Watts Gallery – Artists' Village and thank you in advance for your help and cooperation with following Government guidelines.

Photo by Andy Newbold Photography