Art/Museums

  • London calling! The hottest new exhibitions

    You can’t beat London’s museums for a culture fix. So unleash your inner Brian Sewell and check out these must-see Spring exhibitions – featuring Grayson Perry, Hockney and, um, Arnie’s Terminator suit.

  • Happy birthday Mr G F Watts

    Last week would have been the 200th birthday of England’s (and Surrey’s) Michelangelo, and to celebrate the occasion Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village in Compton has launched a programme of events – Watts 200 – featuring exhibitions and events focusing on the life, works and legacy of this great artist.

  • Help Haiti – buy Haitian art

    Some countries seem to suffer more than their fair share of problems and Haiti is one of them. Six years on from its earthquake it was recently hit by Hurricane Matthew which damaged infrastructure and left hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.

    The images on the news have extra resonance for Debbie Ward, our Muddy Sussex editor, who visited Haiti two years ago…

  • Architecture: Watt’s Chapel

    I fancied writing a post on Surrey’s hidden churches. There are a couple of cute little chapels I vaguely know about, hiding down local country lanes. But then, I thought, no, not hidden churches, but hidden “treasures”. Because Watts Chapel, in the small village of Compton, near Guildford, is quite the hidden treasure, not known to […]

  • ARTS: WATTS STUDIO OPENING, COMPTON

    It’s true I’m not much of a connoisseur of art. I barely know my Rubens from my Rembrandts, my Van Dycks from my Van Goghs. I do own some lovely original paintings, although I have no idea if they’re any good. One was given to me and Mr Muds by a close friend after she heard […]

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