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: We want to ensure that Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village is an accessible site for all. Our minibus, Compo, can be booked as a shuttle service between the Gallery, Studios and Chapel and to and from Guildford Station. Compo will also be used on an ad hoc basis for private views and other special events. A weekly public shuttle service will run each Sunday. All drivers must have a clean driving licence and be entitled to drive a category D1 vehicle.
  • Driving a minibus, in a safe manner, taking visitors and guests to and from Guildford station and other locations in the area.
  • Driving visitors and guests between the Gallery, Chapel and Studios.
LOCATION: Between the Gallery, Chapel and Studios, and from the Artists’ Village to Guildford Station and other nearby locations.
HOURS: Variable depending on each event. Opportunities will be circulated each month by Bronagh Gallagher, Heritage Assistant. 2 x 3 Hour Sunday shifts from 10.30am-1.30pm and 1.30-4.30pm. Each Sunday Compo will pick up visitors from Guildford Station at 10.40am and drop off for the 4.05pm train. Compo will shuttle between the Gallery, Chapel and Studios between these times.
REPORTING STRUCTURE: Visitor Services Assistant > Visitor Services Manager > Head of Learning > Director
TRAINING: All volunteers will be given a full induction and a test drive. Volunteers are able to book a ‘taster’ session if they are unsure of whether they want to take the role on.
MEETINGS: 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: 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.