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Open Photography Exhibition 2020

7th Apr 2020

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery are holding their first Photography Open Exhibition!

This exhibition brings together fantastic works from local and regional photographers.  The organisers hope to reflect the creativity and diversity of photographers in the final display as well as providing an important opportunity for artists to exhibit their work to the public.

Works are available to purchase.


Time: 11:00 - 16:30

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

Cost: Free

Happening Today, 7th Apr 2020
Time for Tea!

Location: Swindon Museum and Art GalleryBath Road

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.  Also on display are Victorian and Edwardian tea sets from some of Britain’s finest pottery manufacturers.


Ray Finch, Teapot, acquired 1970s

Art on Tour: Civic Offices

Location: Civic OfficesEuclid Street

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Cost: Free

At the Civic Offices, 18 artworks are on display, demonstrating the quality and variety of Swindon’s art collection

This vibrant display includes important early 20th century paintings by Roger Fry, Sylvia Gosse and Kyffin Williams. The exhibition also features artists with a strong association to Swindon, including Harold Dearden, David Bent and Desmond Morris.

Free to enter.

Civic Offices opening hours Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm.

Art on Tour: STEAM

Location: STEAMFire Fly Ave

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Paid entry - see website for details.

At STEAM depictions of Swindon and its surrounding countryside from the 19th and early 20th centuries are included in displays of the GWR Offices.

Paintings by well-known local artists, including George Puckey and Kate Tryon, enhance the existing exhibits and show the impact of the GWR on the area.

STEAM opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays 11am – 4pm

Paid entry - see website for details.


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

Location: Swindon Museum and Art GalleryBath Road

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

Cost: Free

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.



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