Watts Gallery Artists Village School Trip Arts & Galleries Guildford Surrey

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Watts Gallery Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, GU3 1DQ

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Artists’ Village is a full day of hands-on learning. Be inspired by the paintings & sculptures on permanent display. Opened in 1904 & purpose built to display work by the famous Victorian artist, George Frederic Watts. 

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What we offer

An educational visit to Watts Gallery - Artists? Village is a full day of hands-on learning. Be inspired by the paintings and sculptures on permanent display in Watts Gallery, which opened in 1904 and was purpose built to display work by the famous Victorian artist, George Frederic Watts. Explore the newly opened Watts Studios to gain insight into the space where George and Mary Watts created their masterpieces. Discover Arts and Crafts design at the Grade I listed Watts Chapel, designed by Mary Watts and created by the local community. Explore on your own or take a guided tour, or explore the Artists? Village in the morning before taking part in practical activities with professional artists in the afternoon.

To book please contact us on 01483 901 805 or email  Contact us to arrange a free pre-visit with a member of the learning team or to discuss how we can meet your school's needs.

Please note that all visits including self-guided visits must be booked at least three weeks in advance. Cancellation charges apply when less than ten days? notice are given.

What makes us a great choice?

We provide inspiring cross-curricular learning through art, architecture and design themes, which supports the national curriculum and post-14 exam syllabuses. Our founders, George and Mary Watts, passionately believed that art was for everyone, and they helped young and emerging artists through teaching art and design to people with little access to it. The Artists? Village continues this practice today with our learning programme for all ages. It is our belief that creative learning contributes to students? spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Group Sizes Catered For

We can accommodate groups of up to 30, which will be divided into smaller groups for tours and workshops. Maximum group sizes for creative workshops are 30 children (15 for pottery).

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

We provide teachers? notes which will help you uncover the history of the Artists? Village. We can also offer bespoke training days for your department or whole school.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Children are welcome to take photos, video and audio in Watts Studios, Watts Chapel and the outdoor spaces. Photography is not permitted in the temporary exhibition spaces at Watts Gallery.

Risk Assessment Details

We provide general risk assessments for the site along with specific risk assessments for the locations the group will be visiting. Group leaders are invited to the Artists? Village before visits to familiarise themselves with the site.

Education Officer Information

Learning Officer Clare Brunner is our primary contact for school visits.

Pricing Information

The cost of each visit is dependent on group size. Tours are £40 and workshops are £90 for a group of up to 30 students and £90 for pottery workshops for 15 students. We recommend bringing one adult per 8 children. Please contact the Learning Officer for details.

Clothing Requirements

Students will be provided with aprons when taking part in craft activities.

First Aid Information

Our Learning Team is fully trained in first aid.

Available Facilities

The newly opened and fully accessible Clore Learning Studio boasts a purpose-built studio that accommodates 30 students as well as an outdoor learning space. The studio is equipped with easels, printing presses, mannequins, sewing machines, projectors, height adjustable tables and digital tablets.

The Foyle Pottery Studio can accommodate up to 15 students for pottery classes. It is equipped with a kiln, pottery wheels and numerous carving and moulding tools and has an outdoor terrace.

Mini-bus parking bays can be booked. There is a coach drop-off point with nearby parking at Loseley Park.

Schools can enjoy a picnic or packed lunch outside in fine weather or in The Old Kiln or Clore Learning Studio in poor weather. We also have a Tea Shop on site.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Fully accessible lavatories are located at Watts Studios and Watts Gallery. Watts Gallery, Watts Studios, the Clore Learning Studio, the Foyle Pottery Studio, the Tea Shop and the Visitor Centre are fully accessible. There is lift access in Watts Gallery and Watts Studios.

We regret that Limnerslease and Watts Contemporary Gallery are not currently wheelchair accessible. Watts Chapel is located at the top of a steep hill, accessed by a cobbled path, which can be a barrier for wheelchair users.

All tours and workshops can be adapted, and we welcome students with special educational needs. The Learning Team is experienced at working with young people with learning and physical disabilities. We offer multi-sensory tours for students with visual impairments and PMLD.

Opening Hours & Information

Watts Gallery and Watts Studios are open to the public Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Watts Chapel is open daily from 9 am to 5pm, and the Visitor Centre, shop and Tea Shop are open daily from 10.30am to 5pm. We are able to accommodate school visits on Mondays.


?The learning I observed was based on excellent first-hand experiences and offered the children real opportunities to engage with the art which surrounded them. The range of activities allowed the children to stay on task and fresh throughout the day.? - Folly Hill, November 2015

?The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned so much. I always love visiting Watts Gallery, and it was rewarding to share such a lovely place with my young students.? - Barfield School, August 2014

?We had a fabulous time and the girls enjoyed all of the activities we were involved in.? - Upton House, August 2015

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