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Art on Tour at Home!

12th Aug 2020

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery's 'Art on Tour' programme goes DIGITAL! Welcome to Art on Tour At Home! Great art and inspiring ideas, direct to your sofa!

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Get out your best china, plump up the cushions, and vacuum the living room - Art on Tour is coming to yours for tea! And they're bringing Swindon's nationally significant modern art collection with them! Just for you! From L.S Lowry to Lucian Freud, and Grayson Perry to Henry Moore, they're proud to be using the Art on Tour programme to bring our awesome art collection to more people in more places.

Launched in late 2019, Art on Tour was originally conceived as a Swindon-wide outreach programme, with an extensive schools learning offer, community engagement events, and an off-site exhibitions programme. Sadly, like everyone else, the Art on Tour team have needed to consider alternative ways to engage communities and have put their previous plans on-hold. BUT, theyare not deterred in their mission to bring the Swindon Art Collection to all four corners of the globe! The team have flexed their creative muscles and GONE DIGITAL! This means that you can explore and engage with the Collection, and get involved, from the comfort of your own sofa!

Make use of the daily Art Burst children’s resources to keep little hands and minds occupied! Use the daily Art Challenges to entertain all the family! Be amazed by the Art Snap podcasts - the best that art history has to offer, in a nutshell! Explore inspiring online galleries! Be part of the conversation with the Art on Tour blog! Get involved by creating your own masterpieces and see them displayed in the Art on Tour virtual gallery! Join the Art on Tour tribe on Facebook and Instagram and get your daily dose of all things art!


Time: 09:00 - 19:00

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

Cost: Free

Happening Today, 11th Aug 2020
Online Talk - Art on Tour: The Story of Swindon’s Modern Art Collection

Location: Swindon Museum and Art GalleryBath Road

Time: 00:00 - 12:00

Cost: Free

With Katie Ackrill from the Art on Tour project, brought to you by Swindon Museum & Art Gallery.

People are often surprised to hear that Swindon owns one of the best collections of Modern British Art in the UK, with artworks by both nationally known and local artists. This vibrant talk, produced for the Swindon Spring Festival, tells the story of Swindon’s art collection, through 12 fascinating artworks. Katie Ackrill, Art on Tour Engagement Officer, tells stories interwoven with these pieces, and reveals how they came to be in Swindon.

This talk is free of charge to view and is available via Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s You Tube channel.

This talk was originally produced for the Swindon Spring Festival which took place in May 2020.  Click here for more information on this Festival. 

Memory Box

Location: Swindon Museum and Art GalleryBath Road

Time: 09:00 - 20:30

Cost: Free

Your Memory Box is a project that the whole family can get involved in, providing a permanent reminder in the years to come of 2020's lockdown.

A memory box is a ‘time capsule’ that connects an individual or a family with the past through the items contained within the box.

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Memory boxes can be used in a range of ways and anyone can make one using almost any sized box or container (or even a scrapbook).  They are simple to make and can be a great way for individuals or a family to reminisce over this particular time in history.

Anything can be stored in memory box – photographs, letters, objects, a diary, a treasure map. Anything that people feel will prompt a memory of this time.  Here are some ideas of what you could put in your Memory Box. 

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery staff have come up with a few ideas to get people started and the team are encouraging individuals to take a picture of their memory box or scrapbook and send them in to: or share on the museum and art gallery’s social media pages - Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The team look forward to seeing your memories!

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

Location: Swindon Museum and Art GalleryBath Road

Time: 09:00 - 23:59

Cost: Free

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.

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.

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

Location: Swindon Museum and Art GalleryBath Road

Time: 09:00 - 00:00

Cost: Free

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.

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.



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


Free Weekly Summer Club

Location: Swindon Museum and Art GalleryBath Road

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Cost: Free

Join our virtual Summer Club for families! Instead of summer holiday workshops at the Gallery, we’re inviting families to join our FREE online Summer Club holiday programme.

We provide you with lots of digital resources and ideas for creative fun in the comfort of your own home!

Sign up to get weekly Summer Club emails with themed resources and ideas for creative family fun. Go on a different art adventure every week! No printing or special materials required. Guaranteed to keep little hands and minds busy! Inspiration for superhero parents everywhere!

To join the Club, simply email

Weekly themes:


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Week 1 - 27 July - Under the Sea

Week 2 - 3rd August - Home

Week 3 - 10th August - Music and Sound

Week 4 - 17th August - Surrealism

Week 5 - 24th August - The Great Outdoors

Week 6 - 31st August - Sculpture

Many thanks to

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for their support!