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Touring the Swindon Collection, 60 Years On

Date: 30th July 2019 - 9th November 2019

Every day

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road
Swindon
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Time: 11:00 - 16:30

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

Picture of Bristol Docks

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

 

Cost: Free

Ken White: Railways and Landscapes

Date: 17th September 2019 - 30th November 2019

Every day

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road
Swindon
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Time: 11:00 - 16:30

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

Picture 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

 

Cost: Free

Ground Floor Gallery Closures – Exhibition Changeover

Date: 12th October 2019 - 22nd October 2019

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

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

Gallery Closed

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.

 

Cost: Free

Time for Tea!

Date: 15th October 2019 - 7th March 2020

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

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

Ray Finch - Teapot (ceramic)

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

Cost: Free

Auto Memento: Stickyback Photography in Swindon, 1900-1919

Date: 23rd October 2019 - 4th January 2020

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:00

In the early 20th century, a photographic studio in Regent Street, Swindon, offered a unique way of having your picture taken. Stickyback photos were quick, casual, fun and cheap.

Stickyback photo

The Family Museum acquired its collection of 72 ‘Stickyback’ photographs in September 2016. This exhibition shows the entire set of images and explores this little-documented style of Edwardian popular photography. It offers a unique glimpse of everyday life and ordinary people in Swindon in the last century.

The exhibition also explores the advent and rise of amateur photography during the 20th century through The Family Museum’s extensive archive of family photographs and albums, cameras and photographic ephemera.

This exhibition is a collaboration between The Family Museum and Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

Cost: Free

Art Gallery Closure – Exhibition Changeover

Date: 9th November 2019 - 19th November 2019

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

Please note that the Art Gallery will be closed for exhibition changeover from 4.30pm on Saturday 9 November and will reopen...

Gallery Closed

Please note that the Art Gallery will be closed for exhibition changeover from 4.30pm on Saturday 9 November and will reopen on Tuesday 19 November with Open Exhibition.

The rest of the Museum will be open as usual.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

Cost: Free

Open Exhibition 2019

Date: 19th November 2019 - 21st December 2019

Every day

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road
Swindon
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Time: 11:00 - 16:30

Swindon’s 2nd Open Exhibition celebrates the wealth of artistic talent found in Swindon and the South West.

Tim, carroll, waiting, room, art, work

The exhibition brings together work in a variety of media including portraits, landscape and abstract works from established and emerging artists. This year, the exhibition has been judged by publisher, writer and curator Matthew Price, New College’s Karen Pau and Sophie Cummings, Curator of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

All works in the exhibition will be available for sale.

Cost: Free

Hit repeat: Prints from the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art

Date: 10th December 2019 - 4th January 2020

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

Printmaking can take many forms, from lithographs to etchings to woodcuts and even digital prints.

Beattie - Juggler (print)

This exhibition brings together a selection of prints from Swindon’s Collection, so visitors can explore this vital and engaging art form for themselves. The exhibition includes work by Allen Jones, Basil Beattie, Christopher Nevinson and Katherine Jones.

Image: Basil Beattie, Juggler II, 1987, Lithograph, Gift in Tribute to Meryl Ainslie, 2018

Cost: Free

St Mary’s Church: A Creative Celebration

Date: 14th January 2020 - 24th March 2020

Every day

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road
Swindon
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Time: 11:00 - 16:30

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

triptych, lydiard, tregoze, swindon

The medieval church was awarded funding in 2018 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to conserve its stained glass, wall paintings and monuments for future generations.

During 2019, three artists undertook a residency to document the conservation of the project. This exhibition will bring together the sketches and finished work created by Felicity Cormack, Beatrice Marr and Judy Thompson, which will be exhibited alongside objects from the church and from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s own collections.

Cost: Free

Glynn Uzzell, 1930-2014: a Retrospective Exhibition

Date: 21st January 2020 - 7th March 2020

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

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

Glynn Uzzell

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.

Cost: Free

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

Date: 21st January 2020 - 30th May 2020

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

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

Richard Hamilton, Interior Study (a)

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

 

Cost: Free

A Celebration of Colour: Modern and Contemporary Ceramics

Date: 24th March 2020 - 5th September 2020

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

This selection from Swindon’s renowned collection of modern and contemporary ceramics showcases colour.

ceramics, swindon, art, exhibition, 2020, fiona, salazar, bowl

From bright and glossy glazes, to oxides and coloured clays, the exhibition will show how artists embrace colour.

The exhibition brings together work by Kate Malone, Janice Tchalenko and Patricia Volk, alongside recent acquisitions from Ann Stokes, Malene Hartman Rasmussen and Amos Plaut.

 

Image: Fiona Salazar, large Bowl

Cost: Free