Watts Late: To the Moon & Back

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25 May 2019
Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

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Watts Late: To the Moon & Back
Saturday 25 May | 11am - 9pm | All activities free with admission

We will be open until 9pm as part of Museums at Night, the UK-wide festival of Lates in museums and galleries.

See our exhibition, enjoy supper under the stars and join us for inspiring talks, activities and demonstrations by artists and space scientists.


Watts Gallery
See the Moonscapes exhibition after hours.

Moonscapes Exhibition Tour
Watts Gallery
12pm & 4pm
Join the Curator of Moonscapes, Dr Tessa Kilgarriff, for a guided tour of Moonscapes.

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Moonscapes Mission Trail
Watts Gallery
Go on a journey to the Moon with this fun family trail. Find a marvellous mechanical moon model, discover early photographs of the Moon and meet the Moon goddesses who fascinated and inspired artists. Collect trail at the Visitor's Centre.

Family-friendly Moonscapes Mission Trail around the Gallery
Music for the Spheres
Watts Gallery
11.30am - 12pm & 12.30 - 1pm
Composers have been fascinated by the Moon as long as artists. From medieval to modern, hear Moon-inspired music about love, myths, heroes and the weather.

Dialogues with the Moon: Mary Branson and Professor Craig Underwood
Watts Gallery
Hear how the Moon has been the creative spirit for our resident artist, Mary Branson, in this conversation with scientist, Professor Craig Underwood. The talk will explore questions including: How has the Moon inspired and influenced your work? How do we think of and interpret the Moon? Includes a Q&A.

Dialogues with the Moon: Timothy Gregory
A Stained Glass Window into the Solar System
Watts Gallery
1.30pm & 4.30pm
What do meteorites look like under a microscope? What stories are written within the rock? What does geology have to teach us about space? Includes a Q&A.

Space scientist Timothy Gregory holding a meteorite

Meet a Space Scientist
Gallery Lawn
11am - 1.15pm, 2.15 - 4.15pm & 5.15 - 6.30pm | Please note Tim will be speaking in the Gallery at 1.30pm and 4.30pm
Ever wondered how heavy meteorites are? How old the Moon is? Want to find out more about what it is like to work at NASA? See a piece of the Moon, a sliver of Mars and touch a piece of space that is 4.567 billion years old with our cosmo-chemist Timothy Gregory in a series of pop-up talks and demonstrations throughout the day.

Messages to the Moon
Gallery Lawn
11am - 6.30pm
If the moon could talk, what would you ask it? What do you think the moon would like to know about the earth? Write a postcard to the moon inspired by your conversation with our Space Scientist.

Moon Goddesses with our Artist in Residence
Artist in Residence Studio
11am - 1pm & 4.30 - 6pm

Meet our Artist in Residence, Mary Branson, and create a clay moon goddess as part of a large site-wide installation.

Moon goddesses by Artist in Residence Mary Branson

Moon Walk
Limnerslease Woodland
From 6pm
See the Watts woodland in glimmering light with an installation of illuminated moons designed by our Artist in Residence, Mary Branson and community groups.

Lunar Lanterns
Clore Learning Studio
11am - 9pm
Decorate a paper lantern inspired by the surface of the Moon using collaged tissue paper and sequins.

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Food & Drink

Tea Shop
Our award-winning Teashop will be serving seasonal food until 5pm. Pop in for lunch or late afternoon tea.

Cripes It's Crêpes
Tuck into delicious sweet and savoury crepes into the night from 'Bertie', the vintage Citroen H Van!

The Old Kiln
Take a break in our indoor picnic space.

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Watts Gallery 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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