Heritage Open Day: People Power

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15 September 2019
Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Heritage Open Day: People Power
Sunday 15 September, 10.30am - 5pm
Free admission

On the 25th anniversary of Heritage Open Day, join the Artists' Village's creative community in celebrating people power, with tours, talks, crafts and live music.

With the help of local residents, G F and Mary Watts established a thriving artistic network on their estate in the 1890s. Listen to talks about the history of our site and how the legacy of the Wattses and their community continues to shape our work. Make crafts inspired by the designs of Mary Watts and contribute your own terracotta model to our clay village, created in tribute to the Compton community.

Event Details

Part of Heritage Open Day...

Uncomfortable Art Tour: Lewis and Orientalism
Sunday 15 September, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
£5 | Friends £4.50

What do the works of John Frederick Lewis tell us about Victorian notions of empire? How do we interpret his work in a post-colonial context? Join art historian and museum educator, Alice Procter, for a series of exclusive exhibition tours examining issues of empire, race and historical narrative in the work of John Frederick Lewis. Hear more about the wider context of Orientalist painting and learn about the reception of these works in museum collections today.


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Watts Gallery Trust is a registered Charity. Charity No. 313612. All profits help us to provide excellent educational activities, stage critically acclaimed exhibitions, and maintain our collection, buildings and estate for future generations to enjoy.

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