Recent Acquisitions

We have recently acquired a number of works for our collections.  Here is a selection of some of our most recent acquisitions.

Contemporary West Country Ceramics

Purvey - WitnessedTwo ceramics featured in last year’s popular exhibition ‘From Where I’m Standing’ have been acquired for Swindon. Sarah Purvey’s ceramic vessel ‘Witnessed’ was purchased by the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and presented to the museum.Fenella Elms 04

Fenella Elms’ ceramic sculpture was presented by the artist herself. Swindon acquired Elms’ ‘Flow Pot’ in 2015 with the support of the Contemporary Art Fund


The Ron Sloman Gift

Three contemporary ceramics by Akiko Hirai, Christine Feiler and Masamichi Yoshikawab have been added to the Ron Sloman Collection. This collection was established in memory of the art dealer Ron Sloman.


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Three recently acquired archaeological finds are on temporary display in the Archaeology gallery. The items – two finger rings and a seal matrix, were discovered by local archaeologists and came to Swindon via the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The items were found in Hannington and Chiseldon. Their acquisition was supported by the Archaeology Advisory Board and the museum’s donations fund.


 Work by Swindon artist Ken White, with the support of the Creative Wiltshire project

Two works by Swindon-based artist Ken White are on permanent display in our made in Swindon Gallery. Swindon recently acquired a group of works by this popular local artist, depicting life in Swindon and the GWR works. Other paintings and drawings acquired will feature in future temporary exhibitions.

Perfume Bottle, 1985 by Grayson Perry (b.1960)

Purchased with the support of the Art Fund, 2015.Perfume Bottle

Perfume Bottle is an early work by this contemporary British artist. It is a small earthenware bottle, decorated with part of a print of Auguste Renoir’s ‘Le Dejeuner des Canotiers’, 1881 and has four interchangeable bronze bottle stoppers.

Perfume Bottle is on permanent display at the entrance to the Art Gallery.


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