International Women's Day

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8 March 2019
Watts Studios

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Friday 8 March | 11am - 6.30pm | Watts Studios
Free with admission | Friends free

Equality was a key concern of G F and Mary Watts. G F painted portraits of significant cultural and political influencers such as Josephine Butler and Florence Nightingale and Mary was the first female designer to be acknowledged by name by Liberty & Co. Together they established a creative and cultural centre for art and ideas and were part of a circle including Evelyn De Morgan, Julia Margaret Cameron and Gertrude Jekyll.

Join curators and experts to discover more about women in the Wattses' circle and see our exhibition, Christina Rossetti: Vision & Verse. Learn how local women artists continue to be inspired by Mary Watts and the Artists' Village, with talks, pop-up exhibitions and workshops.

11am - 5pm

Become a Mary Watts Pottery Apprentice and make a symbolic item to mark International Women's Day.

Make poetry into art in this Vision & Verse workshop combining Rossetti's poems with Mary Watts's love of embroidery.

11am - 5pm

See work made by Charlie Betts and Anna Garrett created during their 2018 residency at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village and take part in performance art.


11am Mary Watts: Home and Studio
12pm Mary Branson: contemporary artist talk
2pm Women in G F Watts's Art
3pm Christina Rossetti and her Circle
4pm Evelyn De Morgan
5pm Women's clothing through history
6pm Diary readings and open-mic poetry

Event Details

New Opera: Her Father's Voice

Friday 8 March | 7 - 8pm
Paid bar available from 6.45pm
£15 | Friends £13.50
Pre-booking required

On the 400th anniversary of the composer Barbara Strozzi's birth, be transported to a palazzo in Venice, where Strozzi's father - an opera librettist - is holding his meetings. Gain an insight into what life was life for an independent female musician, living in a cosmopolitan city alive with art and intellectual debate, at a time when opera was becoming popular and women were commonly confined to lives of prayer or servitude.

In this debut performance, Wise Child Theatre and Fieri Consort present an immersive theatre experience, exploring the early years of the life of Barbara Strozzi, a 17th-century Venetian woman who become one of the most prolific composers of her time.

Part of International Women's Day.

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