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In 2019, Swindon Borough Council made a commitment to share Swindon’s remarkable collection of Modern British Art through displays at other civic buildings in the town.

This autumn, Swindon is launching its first Art on Tour displays at STEAM: Museum of the Great Western Railway and at the Civic Offices.

The displays at STEAM bring together depictions of Swindon and its surrounding countryside from the 19th and early 20th century, showing the impact of the GWR on the area. The works have been integrated into the museum displays, adding an extra level of interest for visitors to STEAM.

An additional display of lithographs by Swindon artist Hubert Cook is located in STEAM’s meeting room area. These prints show life in the GWR Works in the 1940s. We hope to make this display available to the public through regular tours in 2020.

Following the opening of the Art on Tour displays at STEAM, Cllr Dale Heenan said:

“I think it is fantastic that the first pop-up art exhibition is now officially open in the STEAM Museum, and it is themed for the venue. My thanks to the team who have put a lot of thought and effort into organising this project. If this is successful then I look forward to residents seeing Swindon’s art in more locations around the town.”

At the Civic Offices, an exhibition of 18 paintings and collages showcase the quality and variety of the Swindon Collection. This 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.

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s collections can be seen across Swindon and across the country. Objects and works of art are currently on display at the Railway Cottage Museum and Richard Jefferies Museum. In addition, the museum has recently loaned works of art to numerous museums and galleries including the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, the Barbican, Pallant House, Dulwich Picture Gallery and future loans are in place to York Art Gallery, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and Institut Valencià d'Art Modern.

As part of the project, two new part time roles are being created to help connect local people with the museum’s collections in new and innovative ways. We look forward to welcoming these new staff members to the museum later this year and hope you are able to meet them at future engagement and outreach events.


Swindon Museum and Art Gallery (Swindon MAG) regularly loans works to both national and international galleries.  Please see below details of works from the Swindon Collection that will be on tour in 2019:

Pallant House

Ivor Hitchings, Spring in Eden


Swindon MAG is loaning Ivon Hitchens’ Spring in Eden (1925) to a major Ivon Hitchens retrospective at Pallant House. The painting was purchased in 1968 with the support of a grant from the V&A and appears on the cover Swindon’s 1991 catalogue.

Creative Wiltshire: A Celebration of Art in Wiltshire

Salisbury Museum
Saturday 19 January to Saturday 4 May 2019

Creative Wiltshire is a Heritage Lottery Funded project running from 2014-2019 working to collect and celebrate the art of the county’s creative people. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see pieces only very recently acquired by Salisbury Museum, including paintings by Rex Whistler and Wilfred de Glehn; bronze sculpture by Jonathan Wylder; and etched glass by Sir Laurence Whistler. Swindon MAG have also been involved in the project, and loaned many beautiful artworks to showcase the talents of artists like Joe Tilson, and ceramicists like Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie and Patricia Volk. The result is an eclectic and visually stunning celebration of art in Wiltshire.

Cardew’s Craft Circle

Pleydell Bouverie


Winchcombe Archive Collection Trust
Spring 2019

Swindon MAG will be lending ceramics by Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie to this exhibition exploring female ceramic artists of the mid 20th century.