Coronavirus update - 18 March 2020

With regret, we have decided today to close Watts Gallery – Artists' Village temporarily in response to the developing situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19). All of our learning and events programmes will also be postponed to protect the health of our staff, volunteers, visitors and community.

The closure will last from tomorrow until at least Easter and extends to our grounds. Our woodlands will remain open for visitors to enjoy access to open spaces whilst they practice social distancing.

We are very sorry not to be able to welcome you to Watts Gallery at this time. We will continue to keep in touch through our digital channels with inspiring content for our audiences and supporters from wattsgallery.org.uk, on social media (@wattsgallery) and through the app Smartify available for free download from Google Play and the App Store.

The Watts Gallery team will continue to work office hours wherever feasible – please do contact us with any queries at info@wattsgallery.org.uk and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

If you have purchased a ticket for an event our team will be in touch with you in the coming days to offer a refund. Alternatively, if you wish to donate your ticket to Watts Gallery Trust we would be extremely grateful for your support at this challenging time. Please do bear with us as we work through the refunds, your patience and kindness is greatly appreciated.

As the gallery enters a state of sleep in the coming weeks, my mind has returned to G F Watts' Endymion, begun in 1860 and not completed until 1903-4. When Diana, Roman goddess of the moon first saw the young shepherd sheltering in a cave, she instantly fell in love with him. She pleaded with her father Jupiter to preserve Endymion's earthly beauty forever, which he did by casting him into a state of immortal sleep. Watts' moon goddess is only luminously visible, in contrast to the sculptural form of Endymion. Whilst Endymion's sleep is immortal, Watts Gallery's sleep will be merely temporary, and I look forward to welcoming you back. In the meantime, thank you for your support and I hope you and your loved ones can stay safe.

All very best wishes,

Alistair Burtenshaw, Director,
Watts Gallery – Artists' Village