Recent Acquisitions

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

New Acquisitions, 2018

Nicola Tyson, Stoned RoseThe Contemporary Art Society (CAS) has gifted Swindon Museum and Art Gallery (SM&AG) seven works on paper by two of Britain’s most fascinating contemporary female artists, Nicola Tyson and Monster Chetwynd. A painting by the former Keeper of the Royal Academy, Eileen Cooper OBE RA, has been purchased with the generous support of the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, and the V&A Purchase Fund. This acquisition was made possible with the assistance of Eileen Cooper and Rabley Contemporary Gallery.


Celebrating Swindon stalwart, Joyce Murgatroyd

joyce murgatroydJoyce Murgatroyd was a well-known historian, poet and artist born in Swindon, one of the founders of the Rodbourne Cheney and  Moredon library, Honorary President of the Swindon Artists Society, a stalwart member of the Swindon Society and member of Rodbourne Cheney Residents Association.

Joyce sadly passed away at the age of 100 years old and to celebrate her remarkable life, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery have acquired a group of paintings, prints and medals in her memory from her son David.

You can see a selection of Joyce’s paintings on display at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery until Saturday 16 July 2017.


Works by Swindon artist, David Bent Hon CRAeS 

We are delighted to announce their most recent acquisitions to the Collections via the Creative Wiltshire project.Aeorbot

These new works by David Bent include a stunning landscape painting and prints by local artist David Bent.  The painting, Beach House West of Looe, from David’s Landscape Geometry series and two prints from his innovative Aerobot photo collage collection which were first exhibited at the nearby Royal International Air Tattoo.

This work has been purchased by the Creative Wiltshire project, which aims to acquire works by creative people across Swindon and Wiltshire.


Donation of 50 works

Allen Jones One Night Only 2003 printAn anonymous donor has given fifty works of prints, paintings and drawings in appreciation of Meryl Ainslie’s services to the Arts.

Meryl Ainslie MA is founder of Rabley Drawing Centre a gallery and drawing school located near Marlborough which specialises in drawings, works on paper and original prints. She worked at Swindon School of Art between 1993 and 2004 and was instrumental in the development and delivery of the successful higher education programme in Fine Art Drawing.

The gift includes works from artists Duncan Grant, Allen Jones, Michael Ayrton and Basil Beattie and Adrian Heath, and also includes artists with a strong association to Wiltshire and the West Country, such as Nicholas Monro, Adrian Heath and Peter Joyce. It also contains contemporary artists including Nana Shiomi, Alison Lambert and Lin Jammet.

A selection of the gifted works will feature in a summer exhibition, The Lie of the Land, which opens on Tuesday 19 July at the Museum and Art Gallery.  The rest of the collection will be displayed in the gallery from November onwards.


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.




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