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Friends Talk - Howard’s Way: The Paintings of Charles Houghton Howard & Post War Abstract Painting with Professor David Manley

Date: 27th February 2020

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road
Swindon
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Time: 19:30 - 20:30

Professor David Manley will give an insight into his research into Charles Howard and his paintings.

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This is with particular reference to his work in the Swindon collection and the development of British abstraction between, and especially after WW2.  Howard occupies a unique place in this history straddling the Atlantic Ocean, seen as an American in the UK but as an emigre in the USA.  He is equally oddly situated between the Surrealist tradition and a kind of English Romanticism that suggests he may well be far more important as a painter than he has, at least, until recently been credited with on either side of the ‘pond’.

Friends of Swindon MAG talks take place at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.  Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets can be bought online, by calling 01793 466556 or in person at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

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Cost: Friends of Swindon MAG - £6, General Admission - £8

Friends Talk - Jeremy Holt on The Computer Museum

Date: 26th March 2020

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road
Swindon
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Time: 19:30 - 20:30

Swindon has the first specialist computer museum in the country. The idea for the project started in 1989.

Museum of Computing

After 14 years of struggle it was opened in 2003 by Jeremy Holt and Simon Webb. The museum now has more than 5000 exhibits and is entirely run by volunteers. Notable visitors have included the Duke of Kent and Sir Clive Sinclair. The museum runs coding classes for children each weekend and has a significant education outreach aspect.

Jeremy Holt is the senior partner of Clark Holt Commercial Solicitors and has written three books on computer law.

The Museum of Computing in Swindon, England is dedicated to preserving and displaying examples of early computers. It was the first United Kingdom museum exclusively dedicated to the history of computing and opened in February 2003. The exhibition at Swindon’s Museum of Computing is a 75-year timeline of computer technology.

The museum is in a converted shop by the Central Library on Regent Circus, and it’s obvious that a lot of love has gone into the collection of vintage Apple Macs, desktop PCs, laptops, arcade games and consoles.

A couple of rare exhibits are a Science of Cambridge MK14 from 1977 and a Nintendo Powerglove from 1989. A neat thing about the Museum of Computing is that almost everything is in working order and here to be played with, so parents can introduce kids to the joys of Gameboys, Pong or Space Invaders.

Friends of Swindon MAG talks take place at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.  Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets can be bought online, by calling 01793 466556 or in person at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

Friends of Swindon MAG

Cost: Friends of Swindon MAG - £6, General Admission - £8

Friends Talk - Gavin James: In the Marlborough Night Garden

Date: 23rd April 2020

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road
Swindon
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Time: 19:30 - 20:30

Gavin has always loved the night sky, but over the past eight years his passion for astrophotography has really grown.

Astrophotography

Together with Jonathan Genton, he produced an exhibition of astronomical photographs that was displayed in numerous schools, including Marlborough College, and published the accompanying book ‘In the Marlborough Night Garden – Volume 1’. Several of his photographs have featured on the BBC’s ‘The Sky at Night’ television programme and in their monthly magazine. This includes his image of The Andromeda Galaxy which won ‘Picture of the Month’ in December 2014. Gavin continues to create images of the night sky from his garden observatory in Marlborough and most recently his image of M44, The Beehive Cluster, was shortlisted for the 2018 International Astronomy Photographer of the Year Award.

Friends of Swindon MAG talks take place at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.  Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets can be bought online, by calling 01793 466556 or in person at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

Friends of Swindon MAG

Cost: Friends of Swindon MAG - £6, General Admission - £8

Friends Talk - Unbuilt Swindon: Jon Ratcliffe

Date: 28th May 2020

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road
Swindon
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Time: 19:30 - 20:30

Postponed. Cancelled. Delayed. Local professional photographer Jon Ratcliffe delves into the plans for Swindon that didn’t make it off the drawing board.

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From the Victorian era to today, with grand boulevards, shiny offices and shopping centres, join Jon Ratcliffe for this informative talk and be taken on a tour of a very different vision for Swindon.

Friends of Swindon MAG talks take place at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.  Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets can be bought online, by calling 01793 466556 or in person at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

 

Cost: Friends of Swindon MAG - £6, General Admission - £8

Friends Talk - Bournemouth Arts Club 1920-2020: A Mirror of the Times

Date: 25th June 2020

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road
Swindon
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Time: 19:30 - 20:30

Over the past 100 years Bournemouth Arts Club (BAC) has responded to radical ideas and changing approaches in art.

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Dr Gill Clarke will discuss BAC’s formation and how under its Presidents Sir David Murray, Henry Lamb, Richard Eurich and others, it sought to foster expertise through lectures, weekend schools, and exhibitions which were often held at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.  Exhibitions featured loans from nationally significant collections including in 1957 from the Swindon Collection which will also be highlighted.  Members’ work to be featured will include Maxwell Armfield, Lucy Kemp-Welch, Harold Williamson and more recently Martin Brewster, Kenneth Hatts, Joy Parsons and Jennifer Surridge.

Friends of Swindon MAG talks take place at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.  Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets can be bought online, by calling 01793 466556 or in person at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

Cost: Friends of Swindon MAG - £6, General Admission - £8

Friends Talk - The Trace Exhibition with Sarah Purvey

Date: 23rd July 2020

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road
Swindon
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Time: 19:30 - 20:30

Artist Sarah Purvey will be discussing the evolving journey of her practice.

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She will also share her growing fascination with drawing, in both 2D and 3D, and the recurring themes of self, belonging and rhythm explored within her practice.

Friends of Swindon MAG talks take place at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.  Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets can be bought online, by calling 01793 466556 or in person at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

Cost: Friends of Swindon MAG - £6, General Admission - £8