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13th Sept The Watts Gallery, Chapel and Linmerslease House

Thursday September 13th 2018

Watts Gallery is a unique Arts and Crafts gem nestled in the Surrey Hills.

The Artists’ Village comprises the home, studios, gallery, chapel and joint architectural legacy of the great Victorian artist G.F. Watts and renowned designer Mary Watts. We will be welcomed by a member of the Visitor Services team who will give us an overview of our day after which we will have coffee or tea and biscuits in the Old Kiln. As we are at Watts Artists’ village for the whole day we will have time to enjoy guided tours of Linmerslease – the Watts’s home, Watts Chapel, and the permanent exhibition of G. F. Watts’ paintings and sculptures with free time to visit the other studios, exhibitions and shop.

Limnerslease, approached up an attractive path through the woods near the North Downs Way, is one of the most celebrated Arts and Crafts houses in Surrey, designed by the famous architect Sir Ernest George and decorated by Mary Watts with beautiful gesso panels. This tour will give us an interesting insight into the lives of both artists.

The permanent gallery features a diverse collection of the most famous paintings and sculptures of G. F. Watts, and our guided tour will offer an expert’s view of the works, while the guided tour of Watts Chapel will show us Mary Watts’ Grade 1 listed Arts and Crafts masterpiece, created with people from the local village of Compton.

Lunch is provided in the Old Kiln, where a selection of sandwiches with mixed leaf salad and jugs of elderflower cordial and water will be served.

During the day we will have free time to explore the studios, the De Morgan collection of remarkable ceramics and oil paintings, and the temporary exhibition, devoted to the works of the artist and model-maker James Henry Pullen. He was a celebrity in his day, despite being institutionalised because of his inability to communicate, and lived for many years at the Earlswood Asylum in Redhill, where he came under the care of the young Dr John Langdon Down. This exhibition is the first ever gallery show devoted to Pullen’s work, emphasising his status as an innovative artist of imagination and wit. A specially commissioned film will allow visitors to get a close look at his small-scale pieces and a privileged insight into the process of conserving Pullen’s “Rotary Barge” – a design for a ship that would never capsize. The Rotary Barge is being specially repaired and restored for this exhibition.

There is a short uphill walk to both Limnerslease (through the woods) and Watts Chapel and comfortable shoes should be worn. We plan to leave for home at 4.30pm.

Date: Thursday 13th September 2018

Boarding Point/Departure time:

a) 9.15 High Street, Kingston – opp. The Rose Theatre
b) 9.30 Ewell Road, Surbiton, bus stop “Telephone Exchange”

Please arrive 10 minutes earlier than departure time to allow for checking in.

Price: £44.50 per person including coach, entrance and tour fees, morning

coffee, lunch and tips. (Art Fund members £39.75. You must have your valid membership card with you.)

If you would like to join this outing please complete the enclosed application form (one for each household or individual) and send it, together with your cheque and a stamped, addressed envelope or your email address to:

Claire Bletcher, 17, Lower Green Road, Esher, KT10 8HE, Tel: 020 8398 7107

If you give your email address all information will be sent by email, including any changes to timings so please check your emails regularly.