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The Independent Culture
FEW WIVES, however adoring, build chapels dedicated to their husbands. But that is exactly what Mary Watts, wife of the Victorian artist G.F. Watts, did in 1898. Undeterred by her lack of architectural know-how, she taught villagers in Compton, Surrey to model clay tiles and employed a team of amateurs to help create convoluted Celtic reliefs outside (symbolising Hope, Love, Truth and Light) and glowing gesso murals of Winged Messengers and a Tree of Life inside, not to mention terracotta tombstones in the graveyard. It is a triumph.

An exhibition in the neighboroughing Watts Gallery charts her other artistic endeavours, from Celtic-style carpets to garden pots.

`Mary Seton Watts (1849-1938): unsung heroine of the Art Nouveau' runs until 6 September at the Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey (01483 810235).

FANTASTICAL designs for the mythical kingdom of King Arthur feature in "Quest for Camelot: movies, myths and the magic sword" (until 18 November) at the Museum of the Moving Image. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, entry is free to the first 2000 visitors on 1 September, provided they utter the magic words "Where Film Comes to Life" at the cash desk.

Museum of the Moving Image, South Bank, London SE1 (0171-928 3232) is open 10-6