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Pop and Prosperity: 1960s British Art from the Swindon Collection

21st Oct 2019

This exhibition explores the art and culture of 1960s Britain through some of the most significant paintings and drawings from the Swindon Collection.

This exciting new exhibition explores the impact of popular culture and society on British art in the 1960s, and features work by Howard Hodgkin, Michael Craig-Martin and Mary Fedden. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to appreciate the diversity, confidence and ambition of British art during the 1960s, and the way it responded to a rapidly changing world.

Pop and Prosperity takes as its starting point one of the most significant works in Swindon’s Collection, Richard Hamilton’s Interior Study. This collage embodies the growing ‘pop’ sensibility in contemporary art at the time, which engaged with everyday life and Britain’s post-war prosperity.

The exhibition also explores the rise of abstract painting in 1960s British art, as artists sought to embrace new forms of expression. Paintings by Bernard Cohen, Terry Frost and William Gear will be on display.

Finally, the exhibition looks at the influence of sixties art on subsequent generations of artists, from 1980s abstraction to the YBAs.

 

Image:

Richard Hamilton, Interior Study (a), 1964, Mixed media, Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 1964

 

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Bath Road Swindon SN1 4BA

Cost: Free

Happening Today, 21st Oct 2019
Touring the Swindon Collection, 60 Years On

Location: Swindon Museum and Art GalleryBath Road
Swindon
SN1 4BA

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

Cost: Free

In 1959, the Swindon Collection of Modern British art began a tour of 16 towns and cities of the United Kingdom.

From Falmouth to Sunderland, Southend-on-Sea to Bolton, thousands of museum visitors were introduced to paintings by Paul Nash, LS Lowry, Gwen John and Graham Sutherland. This new exhibition celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of this tour, which introduced the people of Britain to Swindon’s remarkable art and established the reputation of the ‘Swindon Collection’.

This exhibition brings together the 44 works of art sent ‘on tour’ in 1959 and presents them alongside some of the most important acquisitions we have made in the decades since. The exhibition explores the history of the collection and the ambitions and challenges of touring so many pictures to so many places.

Image: John Nash, The Dredgers, Bristol Harbour, c.1924, Oil on canvas, Gift of the Contemporary Art Society, 1954

 

Time for Tea!

Location: Swindon Museum and Art GalleryBath Road
Swindon
SN1 4BA

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

Cost: Free

Our new ceramics exhibition brings together some of our favourite tea cups, teapots and other items from collections.

This exhibition is displayed alongside modern ceramics by Ann Stokes, Lucie Rie and David Leach.  We will also share Victorian and Edwardian tea sets from some of Britain’s finest pottery manufacturers.

Image:

Ray Finch, Teapot, acquired 1970s

Ken White: Railways and Landscapes

Location: Swindon Museum and Art GalleryBath Road
Swindon
SN1 4BA

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

Cost: Free

This exhibition brings together a selection of paintings by one of Swindon’s best loved artists, Ken White.

Known for his depictions of life in the GWR Works, this exhibition includes railway paintings and local landscapes.

Image: Ken White, Riveter

 

Associated Events:

Friends Talk – In Conversation with Ken White, with Andy Binks – Thursday 28 November 2019

Friends Talk - In Conversation with Ken White, with Andy Binks - Friday 29 November 2019

 

Ground Floor Gallery Closures – Exhibition Changeover

Location: Swindon Museum and Art GalleryBath Road
Swindon
SN1 4BA

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

Cost: Free

Please note that the Ground Floor Galleries will be closed from 4.30pm on Saturday 12 October for exhibition changeover and will reopen...

Please note that the Ground Floor Galleries will be closed from 4.30pm on Saturday 12 October for exhibition changeover and will reopen on Tuesday 22 October with AutoMomento.

The rest of the Museum and Art Gallery will be open as usual.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.