Based just outside Guildford, Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village is not only dedicated to the life and works of Victorian artists G F and Mary Watts, but also to a diverse temporary exhibitions programme.

April sees it venture far beyond the Surrey hills, as the gallery turns its attention to the waxing and waning of the moon. “Featuring moonlit landscapes by William Holman Hunt and moon goddess paintings by Evelyn De Morgan – as well as fascinating examples of early lunar photography – Moonscapes (from April 2 to June 23) will explore the inspiration that artists found in the moon during the 19th century,” says the Gallery’s Sophie Brown.

With feet firmly planted back down on Earth, the Artists’ Village will dedicate its temporary exhibition space across the summer to Victorian Orientalist artist John Frederick Lewis. The exhibition (from July 9 to November 3) will showcase an array of detailed and vivid works inspired by the decade Lewis spent living in the Islamic quarter of Cairo. The year will close with William Orpen: A Studio Encounter (November 19 to February 23, 2020).

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