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Modern Times: How the School of London changed British Art

Wednesday, 22 February | 11.00 am - Saturday, 1 July | 5.00 pm
During the 1950s and 1960s, a group of painters transformed the British art world. With their connections to the capital, its art schools and galleries, this group were called the School of London and comprise some of Britain’s most significant modern artists. Their bold, representational painting continues to inspire and captivate visitors.

The Bomford Gift

Wednesday, 22 February | 11.00 am - Saturday, 1 July | 5.00 pm
Between 1943 and 1976, local art collector and landowner HJP (or ‘Jimmy’) Bomford gave 21 works of art to Swindon. These were instrumental in encouraging Swindon to establish a modern art collection for the town.

The Ron Sloman Collection: Contemporary Ceramics

Wednesday, 22 February | 11.00 am - Saturday, 1 July | 5.00 pm
Since 2015, Mark Golder and Brian Thompson have been donating contemporary ceramics to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery in memory of their friend, the art dealer Ron Sloman.

Creative Wiltshire: Celebrating modern art and design from Swindon and Wiltshire

Tuesday, 11 April | 10.00 am - Saturday, 8 July | 5.00 pm
The landscape and character of Wiltshire has long inspired artists and designers. This exhibition celebrates artists from Swindon and Wiltshire who feature in our Collection of Modern British Art and includes many recent acquisitions.

FREE Lunchtime Talk on ‘Creative Wiltshire’ exhibition

Friday, 2 June | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm
Join our curator for a free and informal tour of our exhibition ‘Creative Wiltshire’. Discover modern artists with a connection to Wiltshire and Swindon, and find out how our county influenced their art.

FREE Lunchtime Talk – Modern Times and The Bomford Gift

Friday, 23 June | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm
Join our Curator for a free informal lunchtime talk on two current exhibitions – Modern Times and The Bomford Gift.

Order from Chaos: Behind the Scenes at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery by Stefanie Vincent

Thursday, 29 June | 7.25 pm - 8.30 pm
Since 2014, Stefanie Vincent has been SM&AG’s Museum Collections Project Manager.  She has undertaken a variety of important HLF funded projects with the aim of discovering, documenting and interpreting the objects stored by SM&AG. 

Paint Me This Way! An exhibition of portraits by Susie Carr

Wednesday, 12 July | 10.00 am - Saturday, 9 September | 5.00 pm
This exhibition shows how portraiture can be used to help individuals rediscover and celebrate their identity, even when facing the greatest challenges. It comprises 29 painted portraits, 6 sculptures and 80 collages, all designed collaboratively with 7 patients living with severe illness.

The Lie of the Land: Exploring Modern British Landscapes from the Swindon Collection

Wednesday, 19 July | 10.00 am - Saturday, 18 November | 5.00 pm
The landscape is one of the most powerful and atmospheric themes in art. It can capture shared experiences of the land, transport us to new locales or challenge us with new interpretations of familiar scenes.

Peter Burgess: A Celebration

Wednesday, 19 July | 10.00 am - Saturday, 18 November | 5.00 pm
During the 1970s, Peter Burgess was Head of Ceramics at Swindon School of Art and advised Swindon Museum and Art Gallery on establishing its collection of studio ceramics.

The Contemporary Art Society and the Swindon Collection

Wednesday, 19 July | 10.00 am - Saturday, 26 August | 5.00 pm
Since 1947, the Contemporary Art Society has gifted more than 30 works of art to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. This exhibition showcases their support by displaying a selection of these works together.

Cathy Lomax – The British Painting Prize

Wednesday, 6 September | 10.00 am - Saturday, 30 September | 5.00 pm
Cathy Lomax’s work is a contemporary and personal exploration of popular culture, beauty, celebrity and identity. Her projects have included an ongoing Film Diary, ‘Mock Tudor’ inspired by the art of Hans Holbein, and American Tan, which explores Hollywood glamour.

Peter Waldron: Odyssey

Wednesday, 11 October | 10.00 am - Saturday, 18 November | 5.00 pm
Peter Waldron’s bold, abstract paintings are inspired by the rhythm, colour and energy of natural forms. This exhibition explores the artist’s life and career to date and brings together a selection of his paintings and drawings.

Pioneers: Highlights from the Swindon Collection of Studio Ceramics

28 November 2017 | 10.00 am - 10 March 2018 | 5.00 pm
From Bernard Leach to Grayson Perry, this exhibition celebrates the ceramic artists who broke the mould. Bringing together the most significant modern and contemporary ceramic artists in our collection, it highlights the diversity and excitement of ceramics.

Janet Boulton: Watercolours

29 November 2017 | 10.00 am - 20 January 2018 | 5.00 pm
Janet Boulton is internationally known for her watercolours and paper relief works, but few know of her connections to Swindon. This exhibition celebrates her works on paper and will include paintings inspired by music, still life and gardens.
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