Watts Gallery - Artists' Village (Compton)



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 15 mins, OR 3 hrs OR you can stay for a couple of shifts if you choose.  Volunteers can sign up to the rota online or by phone. 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 2 shifts per month.
LOCATION: Watts Gallery and Limnerslease, Watts House and Studio. There are three stewards in the Gallery and two stewards minimum in the Watts Studio and House at any one time.
REPORTING STRUCTURE: Visitor Services Manager > Head of Operations > 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, 20% 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

From our beautiful and inspiring setting of Watts Gallery - Artists Village, we welcome everyone to connect with the art and ideas of our founders George and Mary Watts. By caring for the collections and our environment, we advocate for the power, impact and relevance of art - onsite, online, with our community and via our international network of artists’ studio museums. Our dynamic and multisensory programme of exploring, looking and making, takes you out of the everyday, into new encounters that invite you to view life through a different lens.