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Study Day: Mary Watts: Victorian Progressive and Artistic Visionary

Monday 7 November 2016

10.30 am - 4.30pm

£45 including refreshments and lunch

Pre-booking required

Watts Gallery

Mary Watts (1849-1938) was one of the most versatile British designers of the later 19th and early 20th century. Join us for a study day devoted to her life and work, led by specialists in the field. Take part in the rediscovery of the many fascinating aspects of Mary Watts's career.

Keynote speaker for the study day will be Murdo Macdonald, Professor of History of Scottish Art at the University of Dundee. Other speakers include Dr Elaine Cheasley Paterson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at Concordia University in Montreal, Dr Desna Greenhow, who has recently completed a new transcription of Mary Watts's diaries; Patricia Jackson, Senior Sculpture Conservator at the National Portrait Gallery; Dr Lucy Ella Rose, who has recently completed a Collaborative Doctoral Award with Watts Gallery – Artists' Village; Dr Zoë Thomas, who has just completed a PhD on the Women's Guild of Arts; and Hilary Calvert and Dr Louise Boreham, who are currently writing a book on the Compton Pottery.

The study day coincides with the official book launch of The Diary of Mary Watts, 1887-1904 (Lund Humphries, 2016) by Dr Desna Greenhow.


Keynote Speaker — Professor Murdo Macdonald

Dr Desna Greenhow — 'Straight to Signor's ear': Exploring the interests of Mary and G F Watts as revealed by their reading

Dr Lucy Ella Rose — Mary Watts: Forgotten Feminist

Hilary Calvert — Compton Pottery Grave Markers

Patricia Jackson — The gesso techniques of Mary Watts

Dr Zoë Thomas — Mary Seton Watts and the Women's Guild of Arts

Dr Louise Boreham — The Aldourie Pottery and the role of Louis Reid Deuchars

Dr Elaine Cheasley Paterson — Our Lady of the Snows: Settlement, empire and 'the children of Canada' in the needlework of Mary Seton Watts

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