Watts Gallery - Artists' Village (Compton)


We are looking for individuals who are keen on volunteering and have an interest in the Arts. We are offering the chance to join our friendly Volunteering Team and assist during our regularly busy weekend and holiday programmes.
This would be particular interesting role for those who perhaps work full or part-time and are only available on Fridays or weekends.
This role would also be ideal for young people (must be 18 or over) who would like to get into the Arts and Heritage Sector as a possible career. Volunteering during the Summer Holidays is a great way to gain further experience that won't get in the way of your studies!
AIMS OF THE ORGANISATION: To promote the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of George Frederick Watts and Mary Watts in the context of the nineteenth century, through conserving and restoring Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village and by promoting ‘Art for All’ to present and future generations.
AIM OF THE ROLE: Stewards make all the difference to every visitor’s experience at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. Stewards give a warm welcome, introducing the galleries as well as the family resources and activities available. By talking with visitors, Stewards help visitors to learn about and enjoy the story of G F and Mary Watts and get the most from their visit.
• Providing the public face of the Artists’ Village by giving a warm welcome to visitors and being available as a point of contact throughout their visit
• Enhancing the visitor experience by engaging them, letting them know about the resources available and imparting knowledge about the collection where appropriate
• Safeguarding the collection
• Helping make the Artists’ Village accessible to all
• Ensuring visitors’ safety by acting in an appropriate way during an emergency situation
• Acting as an ambassador for the Artists’ Village and its activities on and off site
HOURS: Shifts last 2 hrs OR 2 hrs 15 mins and volunteers can sign up to the rota online, by phone or in person. Scheduling is flexible, though the recommended commitment is one shift per week. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for more than one shift in a row. The minimum commitment is 1 shift per month.
LOCATION: Watts Gallery and Watts Studios. There are three stewards in the Gallery and two stewards in the Watts Studios at any one time.
REPORTING STRUCTURE: Visitor Services Manager > Head of Learning > Director
TRAINING: A compulsory induction plus optional training on the collection and exhibitions throughout the year.
BENEFITS: Free admission to the Artists’ Village at any time, 10% discount in the Shop and Tea Shop, invitations to special events and private views, quarterly meetings, monthly bulletins and free training on the collection and exhibitions.

Mission Statement

Watts Gallery is one of the most beautiful small galleries in Europe and was shortlisted for the prestigious Art Fund Prize for Museums and Galleries in 2012 having been showcased on BBC Restoration Village. Showcasing the works of the eminent victorian artist G.F. Watts it also hosts an exciting programme of exhibitions and events.