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Experience Watts at Dusk - Museums at Night, jazz on the lawn and Sir Peter Blake

PUBLISHED: 09:51 16 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:51 16 May 2014

Watts Gallery at Dusk

Watts Gallery at Dusk

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For the first time, Watts Gallery in Compton is offering visitors the chance to experience the magic of the gallery at dusk.

In addition to late night opening, free events will include a lantern-lit walk, a programme of talks and lectures, opportunities to try your hand at arts and crafts or simply to sit back, relax with a drink from the bar, freshly cooked food and enjoy live music in the beautiful surroundings.

“Opening our doors at night, giving more people the chance to enjoy more art more of the time, is very much in the Art for All spirit of Watts Gallery,” says Watts Gallery director, Perdita Hunt.

“In this programme of special events we hope there is something for everyone to enjoy. Nestled in the Surrey Hills, Watts Gallery, the Old Pottery and the Watts Chapel have a unique charm, which can now be experienced with the added magic of twilight!”

The launch event, in conjunction with Museums at Night, will take place on Friday May 16, 5pm to 9pm.

This will be a last chance opportunity to visit the temporary exhibition John Ruskin: Photographer & Draughtsman, which explores how the new medium of photography inspired this leading Victorian’s influential thinking.

Visitors can also enjoy making lanterns and taking a magical lantern-lit walk from Watts Gallery to the Watts Chapel to hear a solo cellist recital.

Then, on Friday June 27, 5pm to 9pm, relax on the gallery lawn with a drink from the bar whilst enjoying live jazz - and be amongst the first to visit the new summer exhibition Ellen Terry: A Painter’s Actress.

This is the first exhibition to explore how the influence of Britain’s most famous Victorian actress, who was GF Watts’s first wife, reached beyond the stage to inspire generations of artists.

Bringing together paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and film – including material rarely or never previously exhibited – the show will trace Ellen Terry’s journey from emerging teenage starlet to cultural icon.

The evening’s special activities include exhibition tours about Ellen Terry’s influential role as a fashion icon, led by fashion historian, Keremi Gawade, and monologues from Ellen Terry’s famous roles performed by the Guildford Shakespeare Company.

Finally, on Friday July 25, 5pm to 9pm, step into the colourful world of Pop Victoriana; enjoy the delights of the Art Bus, and create your own collage inspired by the fantastical works of Sir Peter Blake.

Visit the exhibition Peter Blake: Pop Victoriana, in the Old Pottery Gallery. Famous as the ‘godfather of British pop art’ Sir Peter Blake is fascinated by Victoriana, an interest that has surfaced in his work throughout his career.

The exhibition includes a cross-section of the artist’s print editions from the rare Through the Looking Glass series of 1970 to the iconic album cover artwork for Band Aid (2005) and his latest ‘found art’ pieces such as To a Darling Child (2013). This exhibition is presented in collaboration with CCA Galleries.

To top it all off, Sir Peter Blake will be giving a lecture My Pop Victoriana, 7pm to 8pm. This lecture will be ticketed separately and advanced booking is recommended.

• There will be two for one entry on adult tickets purchased during Watts at Dusk openings on Friday May 16, Friday June 27 and Friday July 25. For more information, visit www.wattsgallery.org.uk

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