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

Date: 14th January 2020 - 31st December 2020

Every day

Location: Online

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.

richard, hamilton, exhibition, pop, prosperity,

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.

 

Image:

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

 

Cost: Free

Virtual Exhibition - Big Hitters: Significant Artists in the Swindon Collection

Date: 3rd July 2020 - 31st December 2020

Every day

Location: Online

Time: 09:00 - 23:59

This virtual exhibition is curated by the Friends of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, and shines a spotlight on some of the most significant artists represented in Swindon’s collection.

desmond, morris, art, swindon

Selected artworks span the Twentieth Century and include work from defining groups and movements, such as the Bloomsbury Group, the St Ives School and the School of London. ‘Big Hitters’ also showcases pieces by important contemporary painters Christopher le Brun, Eileen Cooper and Maggi Hambling, as well as treasured paintings in the collection by Gillian Ayres, David Bomberg, L.S. Lowry and many more.

Although the Bath Road venue is closed due to COVID-19, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is making the best of digital resources to help people access the collection, which is credited with being one of the best in the UK. This has included the launch of ‘Art on Tour at Home’, which has developed a number of free online talks, activities and learning resources. ArtUK’s curation tool is also invaluable for sharing the collection with audiences during lockdown.

Linda Kasmaty, the Chair of the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, explained why the initiative is so important. She said:

“When we were asked if the Friends’ committee would like to mount a virtual exhibition, we thought what a fantastic way of getting the collection shown to a wider, online audience. Since the beginning of lockdown due to COVID-19, many people have spent more time online, and many museums and galleries have greatly increased their online presence. We’re hoping this exhibition will complement the ‘Art on Tour’ initiative which has been a tremendous success, connecting with many people, both those familiar with the Swindon collection, and those who did not know Swindon had such a collection.”

Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Town Centre, Culture and Heritage, said: “Lockdown has really inspired us to come up with new and creative ways of showcasing our fantastic art collection here in Swindon and this latest exhibition is another fine example of that work.

“I would like to thank the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and ArtUK for their work in promoting these 30 wonderful artworks, and I’m sure it will be a big hit in keeping with its title!”

The virtual exhibition can be accessed via Art UK Curations here.

Cost: Free

Virtual Exhibition: Modern British Art: A Story

Date: 23rd November 2020 - 31st January 2021

Every day

Location: Online

- 12:00

The Twentieth Century was a time of unprecedented freedom of expression in art, where new visual languages broke time honoured-rules.

The Reapers

This newfound creative autonomy bought with it a number of movements and groups with varied agendas, and whilst some complimented one another, others pulled in opposite directions. This virtual exhibition, curated by Katie Ackrill, Art on Tour Project Engagement Officer, is available to view here and tells a vibrant story of modern British art through artworks from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, from the late 1880s to today.

Marie Hayes, Spencer Gore

 

Accompanying blogposts about the groups and artworks in this exhibition are available here.

This wonderful exhibition has been produced via Curations, a great tool made available by Swindon Museum and Art Gallery's partner, Art UK.

Cost: Free