Watts Contemporary Gallery

Now on:Watts Ceramics 2019| until 20 October 2019

For the first time, Watts Contemporary Gallery will present a group ceramics show, bringing together work by ten leading contemporary artists to demonstrate the diversity of contemporary practice and to celebrate the long tradition of pottery at Watts Gallery – Artists' Village.

Featured ceramicists Julie Ayton, Helena Bowen, Lucy Burley, Penny Green, Felicity Jones, Silvia K, Myra McDonnell, Sophie MacCarthy, Stephanie Robinson and Jane Sarre.

About

Watts Contemporary Gallery sells contemporary artwork to support Watts Gallery Trust's Art for All programme. Curated exhibitions support and showcase work by emerging and established artists and makers of national and international merit, including local artists, that resonate with the heritage and ethos of Watts Gallery - Artists' Village.

Our contemporary programme complements the founding vision of Art for All of G F and Mary Watts, who, as contemporary artists in their own time, pushed the boundaries of fine art, craft and design. As well as supporting fellow contemporary artists, the Wattses' set up a thriving commercial pottery business. The Watts Contemporary Gallery is housed in the original pottery building.

'The Watts Contemporary Gallery, which formerly housed Mary Watts's Compton Pottery, showcases and sells artists' work in beautifully curated exhibitions in the spirit of Mary Watts' original commercial activities which supported the picture gallery and apprentices working in the pottery. Today the building showcases the work of subsequent and currently practicing artists who complement the collections and ethos of the Artists' Village. As an integral part of this remit, Watts Gallery Trust supports contemporary artists in their development and desire to reach new audiences.'

'The proceeds from the sale of work directly benefits Watts Gallery Trust's learning and outreach programme which engages over 20,000 participants each year. As an independent charity, this support is vital and has the double dividend of helping artists of the past and present as well as supporting members of the public who wish to engage with art and help current artistic practice thrive.' -

Alistair Burtenshaw, Director, Watts Gallery Trust

Find out about exhibition opportunities in our Exhibitors Pack.

History

Watts Contemporary Gallery is housed in the former Compton Pottery building. Mary Watts founded the Compton Potters' Arts Guild in 1900, and, a year later, the Compton Pottery was built at the bottom of the hill beneath Limnerslease.

The Pottery prospered throughout the beginning of the 20th century. Liberty & Co. on Regent Street stocked their works and, contrary to their own policy, allowed Compton ware to be marked with its own stamp. The Pottery remained a successful industry for a number of years, providing employment in the village until 1956.


Banner image: Kit Boyd, Petra - Gift of Flowers 12 or 20, linocut

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Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

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Volunteer Open Morning

19 Oct

The Make Space

20 Oct

Watts Ceramics 2019

until
20 Oct

Limnerslease Tours

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20 Oct

Forest School

21 Oct

Exhibition Tour: John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame

until
22 Oct

Conservation Open Studio

24 Oct

Art Talks

25 Oct

Watts Chapel Tour

25 Oct