Surrey Fellows of the RSA can be amongst the very first visitors to the restored Watts Studio which is currently being refurbished by architects ZMMA and brought back into use for classes, exhibitions and events.
The Studio space is the original one used by artist GF Watts and his wife Mary in the 19th century and forms part of their splendid Arts and Crafts house, Limnerslease (designed by Sir Ernest George) and of the “Artists’ Village” around the Watts Gallery in the tiny village of Compton, on the Pilgrim’s Way to the south of Guildford.
The Watts Gallery Trust, having successfully refurbished the Gallery itself, is now making this corner of Compton into a new artists’ village which not only preserves the paintings and sculpture of GF Watts and the terracotta and gesso works of Mary Watts, but also uses their inspiration and creative example to generate new learning and new enterprise for the twenty first century. With spaces for artists and craftsmen, exhibition and retail opportunities for creatives, and classroom and studio space for learners of all kinds, the Trust demonstrates in an inspired and practical way how creativity can be the springboard for new enterprise and economic development.
Participants will be able to tour the newly refurbished premises and hear talks from the Director of the Trust, Perdita Hunt, the architects, and the Conservator who will be masterminding activities in the house and studio.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to see an extraordinary and beautiful venue which fulfills all of William Morris’ ideals in its refreshing new lease of life under the Watts Gallery Trust.
If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Clarke: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton (Near Guildford) Surrey GU3 1DQ