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Events for 1st Jul 2020

Art on Tour at Home!

Date: 6th April 2020 - 31st December 2020

Every day

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road

Time: 09:00 - 19:00

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery's 'Art on Tour' programme goes DIGITAL! Welcome to Art on Tour At Home! Great art and inspiring ideas, direct to your sofa!

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Get out your best china, plump up the cushions, and vacuum the living room - Art on Tour is coming to yours for tea! And they're bringing Swindon's nationally significant modern art collection with them! Just for you! From L.S Lowry to Lucian Freud, and Grayson Perry to Henry Moore, they're proud to be using the Art on Tour programme to bring our awesome art collection to more people in more places.

Launched in late 2019, Art on Tour was originally conceived as a Swindon-wide outreach programme, with an extensive schools learning offer, community engagement events, and an off-site exhibitions programme. Sadly, like everyone else, the Art on Tour team have needed to consider alternative ways to engage communities and have put their previous plans on-hold. BUT, theyare not deterred in their mission to bring the Swindon Art Collection to all four corners of the globe! The team have flexed their creative muscles and GONE DIGITAL! This means that you can explore and engage with the Collection, and get involved, from the comfort of your own sofa!

Make use of the daily Art Burst children’s resources to keep little hands and minds occupied! Use the daily Art Challenges to entertain all the family! Be amazed by the Art Snap podcasts - the best that art history has to offer, in a nutshell! Explore inspiring online galleries! Be part of the conversation with the Art on Tour blog! Get involved by creating your own masterpieces and see them displayed in the Art on Tour virtual gallery! Join the Art on Tour tribe on Facebook and Instagram and get your daily dose of all things art!


Cost: Free

Memory Box

Date: 12th June 2020 - 31st August 2020

Every day

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road

Time: 09:00 - 20:30

Your Memory Box is a project that the whole family can get involved in, providing a permanent reminder in the years to come of 2020's lockdown.

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A memory box is a ‘time capsule’ that connects an individual or a family with the past through the items contained within the box.

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Memory boxes can be used in a range of ways and anyone can make one using almost any sized box or container (or even a scrapbook).  They are simple to make and can be a great way for individuals or a family to reminisce over this particular time in history.

Anything can be stored in memory box – photographs, letters, objects, a diary, a treasure map. Anything that people feel will prompt a memory of this time.  Here are some ideas of what you could put in your Memory Box. 

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery staff have come up with a few ideas to get people started and the team are encouraging individuals to take a picture of their memory box or scrapbook and send them in to: or share on the museum and art gallery’s social media pages - Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The team look forward to seeing your memories!

Cost: Free

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

Date: 14th January 2020 - 31st December 2020

Every day

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road

Time: 09:00

This online exhibition (on the Art UK website) explores the art and culture of 1960s Britain through some of the most significant paintings and drawings from the Swindon Collection.

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This online 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


Cost: Free