Home Tours, Demonstrations and Open Studios
Please note: tickets must be pre-booked with admission.
See the conservation studio in action, speak to the resident De Laszlo Conservation Fellow Sally Marriott and find out about ongoing conservation work at Watts Gallery – Artists' Village.Find out more Book now
Tuesday - Sunday | 2 - 3.15pm
Additional tours at 12 - 1.15pm on Tuesdays & Saturdays | £5
Discover the Grade II listed Arts & Crafts home of G F and Mary Watts, completed by Sir Ernest George in 1891. Learn more about the history of the building, see the original gesso ceilings designed by Mary Watts and hear about the artistic and literary guests who visited Limnerslease.
*Please note there is a 10 minute uphill walk and Limnerslease is not currently wheelchair accessible.Find out more Book now
Saturdays, 6 July, 3 August & 7 September
1.30 - 3pm
£6 | Friends £5.40
G F and Mary Watts founded the Artists’ Village in the 1890s, opening their home and estate to artists, writers and the local community. Explore the vernacular architecture of this special place, including an exclusive visit to the original De Morgan kiln, now in the grounds of a private property. Opportunity to rest in Watts Chapel.
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Tuesdays, 9 & 23 April, 14 & 28 May, 11 & 18 June | 2 - 2.45pm | £5
Join an expert guide to explore Moonscapes in more detail, with an opportunity to ask questions and see the objects and paintings in close detail.Find out more Book now
Fridays, 8 March, 26 April, 31 May & 28 June | 11am - 12pm | £5
Join an expert guide to explore the beautiful Grade I listed Arts and Crafts masterpiece, created by Mary Watts and the local community of Compton. The interior provides a rare chance to see a unique example of Art Nouveau and Celtic design.
Please note that the Chapel is a 15-minute walk from the Visitor’s Centre.Find out more Book now
Wednesdays, 3 & 17 April, 1 & 15 May, 5 & 19 June
12 - 1pm | £5
Discover the diverse collection of works by the great Victorian artist G F Watts and the history behind the Watts Gallery building. Spanning a period of seventy years, the permanent collection includes portraits, landscapes, major symbolic works and sculpture.Find out more Book now
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 (pg. 1) 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.
Part of Heritage Open Day.Find out more Book now
Tuesdays, 30 July, 13 & 27 August, 10 & 24 September, 8 & 22 October
2-2.45pm | Admission + £5
Join an expert guide to explore the life and work of John Frederick Lewis, with an opportunity to ask questions and look at the exhibition in closer detail.Find out more Book now