TALK: MARY WATTS AND THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT

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With a profound appreciation of the artistic, social and economic value of art, the artist and designer Mary Watts, played a central role in the Arts & Crafts movement. During the 1880s she ran clay modelling classes for the Home Arts & Industries Association in Whitechapel. Following the move to Compton, Surrey, she went on to teach the local community how to model the decorative panels for the exterior of the Watts Chapel.

Following the success of the chapel project, Mary created the Compton Pottery – village industry that continued to provide an essential source of creativity and economic support for the local community for several decades. 

Brice Curator, Dr Cicely Robinson, will explore the inspirational achievements of Mary Watts, whose creative and enterprising spirit, alongside her unfaltering belief in the transformative social impact of the arts, continues to power Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village today.

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