Watts Gallery - Artists' Village (Compton)


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.
AIMS OF THE ROLE: The gardens are a key part of the visitor experience at the Artists’ Village. Visitors can enjoy Gertrude Jekyll inspired planting, woodland walks and picnics in the grounds. Join the team of Gardeners and tend to your own section of garden at times to suit you.
  • Ensuring your section of garden is well planted from season to season with appropriate plants
  • Weeding and tidying your section of garden
  • Contributing ideas and feedback during Quarterly Gardeners’ Meetings
LOCATION: Throughout the landscape and gardens at the Artists’ village
HOURS: Flexible
REPORTING STRUCTURE: Gardener / Curator of Landscapes > Custodian > Director
TRAINING: General - Optional training on the collection and exhibitions.
Role specific – Volunteer Gardeners are advised on planting schemes and manual handling and use of tools where appropriate.
MEETINGS: Role Specific - Gardeners are invited to attend Quarterly Gardeners’ Meetings
General - All volunteers are invited to attend Quarterly Volunteer Meetings, which are an important time for exchange of ideas and giving feedback. Staff members use the opportunity to discuss forthcoming plans. Meetings last for approx. 2 hours.
BENEFITS: Role Specific - General - 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.
To apply for this role, please email the Visitor Services Manager, Tom Dench-Layton, at tom.layton@wattsgallery.org.uk

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.