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Seeing the Seasons: A Year in British Modern Art

19th Feb 2020

Seeing the Seasons brings together paintings and drawings which are inspired by the changing seasons.

Some capture the way landscapes are transformed in summer or winter, while others highlight the customs and behaviours associated with different times of the year. The exhibition also includes abstract paintings which utilise the colours we associate with the seasons, from the soft pinks and greens of spring, to the dark browns and snowy whites of winter.

This exhibition includes works by LS Lowry, Roger Hilton, Mary Fedden and Ivon Hitchens, all drawn from Swindon’s remarkable collection of Modern British Art.

Image: Roy Bizley, Landscape with Storm Clouds

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

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

Cost: Free

Happening Today, 19th Feb 2020
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.  Also on display are Victorian and Edwardian tea sets from some of Britain’s finest pottery manufacturers.

Image:

Ray Finch, Teapot, acquired 1970s

Art on Tour: Civic Offices

Location: Civic OfficesEuclid Street
Swindon
SN1 2JH

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
Swindon
SN2 2TA

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.

 

Glyn Uzzell, 1930-2014: a Retrospective Exhibition

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

Cost: Free

Glyn Uzzell, painter and printmaker, was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England in 1930.

During a long and rich artistic career, he exhibited across Europe and his works are in the collection of the V&A Museum, the Museum of Art and History in Geneva and the National Library of France.

This retrospective exhibition brings together a selection of Uzzell’s vibrant and lyrical paintings and prints showcasing his talent and range as an artist. Uzzell spent many years living and working abroad, but this exhibition will help Swindon rediscover one of its most significant modern artists. This exhibition has been made possible due to the support of the artist’s family.

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

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

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.

 

Image:

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

 

Angels, Buckets and Bells: A creative response to St. Mary’s Lydiard Tregoze

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

Cost: Free

St Mary’s Church, Lydiard Tregoze, is one of Swindon’s most historic and beautiful buildings.

The Grade 1 listed church  was awarded funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2018 to conserve its medieval wallpaintings, monuments and decorative schemes. This exhibition brings together the sketches and finished work created by the project’s Artists in Residence, Felicity Cormack and Judy Thompson, and exhibited alongside treasures from the church.

Family Drop-in Workshop - Crowns and Combat

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

Time: 11:00 - 15:00

Cost: £3 per child

Come and join us for this February half term Crowns and Combat workshop.

While learning more about the Tudors, you can make a dazzling crown or sword.

Family drop-in workshops run from 11am to 3pm and cost £3 per child.

Parental guidance is required at all times.

Please note that if sessions are busy, you may have to wait a short while to take part but there are lots of other things to see and do while you wait!