Based in Guildford, the art gallery and charity is dedicated to sharing the history and legacy of its founders – Victorian artists, G F and Mary Watts. It’s new digital programme, Watts at home, allows you to discover their historical collection and inspiring learning and contemporary art activities from afar.
Start your digital journey today and enjoy fascinating virtual tours of their exhibitions and collections, art tutorials suitable for all ages, weekly prompts and wellness activities, and much more.
Lecture Online: To See Clearly: Why Ruskin Matters Thursday 7 May, 12pm
In the first of our online talks, Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper reflects on John Ruskin as artist, thinker, polemicist and environmental campaigner. Delving into his travels, love of Turner and his fated relationship with Effie Gray, this talk speaks of Ruskin as a necessary inspiration and guide.
Watts Bedtime Stories – Online Sundays, 10, 17, 24 & 31 May | 6pm
Storyteller Olivia Armstrong brings the magic of Watts Gallery to you with a weekly bedtime story. Every single sculpture or drawing, print or painting has a different story to tell and wants to tell it just for you. Let’s find a story and tell it together… Find out more. Find out more https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/whats-on/watts-home-bed-time-stories/
Watts at home – Collections online
Join the team at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village as they share personal highlights from across their collections in this free audio tour on the app Smartify. Exploring the art, lives and ideas of Victorian artists G F and Mary Watts, you can now gain an insight into this artistic couple from the comfort of your own home.
The tour not only delves into the striking paintings and sculptures on display at Watts Gallery, but also the unique Surrey landmarks that can be found around the Artists’ Village, including the Grade I listed Watts Chapel. Smartify is free to download from both Google Play and the App Store. Find out more https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/whats-on/watts-home-our-collection/
Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin online
Enjoy an audio and video tour of Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin, the latest exhibition at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, on the app Smartify. A complex and often contradictory figure, John Ruskin stands as one of the most influential thinkers of the nineteenth century. A pioneering art critic and an accomplished draftsman, he believed that art had the power to transform society and that nature inspired the most meaningful art. Two centuries after his birth, this digital exhibition tour examines Ruskin’s legacy as a social reformer, ecological thinker, and educator. Smartify is free to download from both Google Play and the App Store. Find out more https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/whats-on/unto-last-digital-content/
Get creative with all the family with the Watts at home digital Make Space! Every week discover simple art tutorials specially designed by Watts’s Make Space artists. Guided by video tutorials and free printable activity sheets, experiment with different techniques and explore the wonderful creations that can be made from limited resources. Each Friday, the online Make Space also shares a Watts Tots activity perfect for under 5s.
Wellness at Watts
Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village have launched a Wellness at Watts programme, which takes inspiration from G F and Mary Watts and the calm they found in the Surrey Hills. Discover your favourite new film, book or album with weekly recommendations from Watts staff and volunteers, take some time to reflect in nature with prompts for daily walks, find new ways to keep moving, and much more.
Find out more https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/whats-on/wellness-watts/