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Time for Tea!

Date: 15th October 2019 - 13th June 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, time, tea, exhibition, swindon

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

Cost: Free

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

Date: 14th January 2020 - 4th April 2020

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

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

st, john, triptych, marys, lydiard, tregoze, swindon

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.

Cost: Free

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

Date: 14th January 2020 - 27th June 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, exhibition, pop, prosperity,

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

Art on Tour: Civic Offices

Date: 6th February 2020 - 31st December 2020

Every day

Location: Civic Offices, Euclid Street
Swindon
SN1 2JH

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

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

desmond, morris, art, swindon

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.

Cost: Free

Art on Tour: STEAM

Date: 6th February 2020 - 31st December 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM, Fire Fly Ave
Swindon
SN2 2TA

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

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

bracken, art, steam, wallflowers, swindon

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.

 

Cost: Paid entry - see website for details.

Open Photography Exhibition 2020

Date: 17th March 2020 - 9th May 2020

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

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

art, richard, maidment, photographer, exhibition, swindon

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.

 

Cost: Free

A Celebration of Colour: Modern and Contemporary Ceramics

Date: 14th April 2020 - 25th July 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

Richard Maidment: Hometown Portraits

Date: 19th May 2020 - 18th July 2020

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

This stunning photographic collection features the portraits of the most notable, prominent and inspirational people that all share Swindon as their hometown.

richard, maidment, exhibition, swindon, portaits, may, 2020

Richard's exhibition celebrates Swindonians who have worked tirelessly and selflessly for fantastic causes and have really made an impact to the issues that matter most to them.  Some of the inspirational individuals showcased in this exhibition include the political journalist, Andrew Pierce, footballing legend Don Rogers and mural extraordinaire Ken White.  

This exhibition celebrates the people that make Swindon proud.

You can also discover more of Richard’s photography work at www.richardmaidment.com.

Cost: Free

Seeing the Seasons: A Year in British Modern Art

Date: 7th July 2020 - 31st October 2020

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

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

roy, bizley, painting, swindon, seasons, art

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

Cost: Free

TRACE: An Exhibition by Sarah Purvey and Anna Gillespie

Date: 28th July 2020 - 19th September 2020

Every day

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

Time: 11:00 - 16:30

An exhibition of sculpture and drawing by friends and fellow artists, Sarah Purvey and Anna Gillespie.

sarah, purvey, artist, art

Purvey and Gillespie have increasingly seen parallels in their work as they each delve deeper into the nature of human embodiment, often doing so through the lens of personal experience.

Purvey works predominantly in clay and on paper and explores an intensely physical relationship with drawing throughout her practice.  Her monumental ceramic vessels act as a metaphor for the human form tasked to carry and map the journey through her emotional landscape. The resulting works exude an instinctive and visceral energy.

anna, gillespie, sculpture, exhibition, swindon

 

Gillespie’s practice has explored the sculptural solidity of the human form for over twenty five years.  Recently, however, her depictions of the human form seem to dwell on fragility, as if the previous solidity has cracked open to reveal the insecurity of human existence.  The hollowness of her sculptures is now revealed rather than concealed, with cracks and fissures allowing the viewer a dark and intimate view into the empty core.

The traditional materials predominantly used by both artists - clay, plaster and bronze - are all associated with solidity and strength. In this exhibition however these very materials are manipulated to reveal hollowness and absence, fissure and scaring, and thus act as a trace of the human condition in all its complexity.

Cost: Free