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Opening times

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

The Museum and Art Gallery is FREE to look around.

What's on

November 2017
Free Exhibition

Pioneers: Highlights from the Swindon Collection of Studio Ceramics

28 November 2017 | 10.00 am - 14 April 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.

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Free Exhibition

Paper: Drawings, prints and works on paper from the Swindon Collection

29 November 2017 | 10.00 am - 14 April 2018 | 5.00 pm

Works on paper are some of the most fascinating examples of modern art. This exhibition features drawings, watercolours and prints by modern and contemporary artists and demonstrates the huge range of effects that can be created using paper and imagination.

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January 2018
Free Exhibition

Face the Music: the Winslow Collection of Instruments

Wednesday, 10 January | 10.00 am - Saturday, 3 March | 5.00 pm

In the early 20th century, Mr F Winslow of Swindon gave his collection of musical instruments to Swindon museum. The collection included historic and modern instruments from Britain and the rest of the world.

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Free Exhibition

The Euston Road School: Radical Realism

Wednesday, 31 January | 12.00 pm - Saturday, 14 April | 5.00 pm

Between 1937 and 1939, the artists of the Euston Road School created rejected abstraction in favour of realist art and everyday subjects.

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February 2018

Small Victories

Thursday, 15 February | 10.00 am - Saturday, 24 March | 5.00 pm

You can now see the very creative interpretation of the Garrard story made by the Small Victories team, at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

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Free Exhibition

Archaeology Gallery Closure – Gallery Refresh

Saturday, 17 February | 5.00 pm - Tuesday, 3 April | 10.00 am

A gallery refresh will be undertaken in the Archaeology Gallery from 5pm on Saturday 17th February.  The Gallery will re-open on Tuesday 3rd April.

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March 2018
Free Talks

BBC Civilisations Festival: Take a Closer Look (free lunchtime talk)

Wednesday, 7 March | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join us to take a closer look at Julian Trevelyan’s painting of The Potteries (1938).

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Free Talks

BBC Civilisations Festival: Take a Closer Look (free lunchtime talk)

Thursday, 8 March | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join us to take a closer look at Sylvia Gosse’s painting, The Printer (1915).

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Free Talks

BBC Civilisations Festival: Take a Closer Look (free lunchtime talk)

Friday, 9 March | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join us to take a closer look at Mark Gertler’s painting of his sister Deborah (c.1911).

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Free Exhibition

A Century of Community Life in Eastcott

Wednesday, 14 March | 10.00 am - Saturday, 5 May | 5.00 pm

Eastcott is one of the most historically rich areas of Swindon, with a proud history of community organisations and celebrations. This exhibition by Eastcott Community Organisation shares and celebrates their project exploring Eastcott’s heritage.

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£8.00 Talks

Berlin, Beuys and the Bader-Meinhof: a Beginner’s Guide to Modern German Art by Sophie Cummings

Thursday, 29 March | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Modern German art is responsible for some of the most fascinating artists and controversial art works of the last fifty years.

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April 2018

Art Gallery Closed – Exhibition Changeover

Saturday, 14 April | 5.00 pm - Wednesday, 25 April | 10.00 am

The Art Gallery will be closed from 5pm on Saturday 14 April and will re-open on Wednesday 25 April

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Free Exhibition

An Uneasy Peace: British Art between the Wars

Wednesday, 25 April | 10.00 am - Saturday, 1 September | 5.00 pm

Innovation and tradition, harmony and tension: the interwar period was an important time for modern British art.

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Free Exhibition

The Phelps Bequest

Wednesday, 25 April | 10.00 am - Saturday, 1 September | 5.00 pm

This exhibition brings together some of the paintings, drawings and prints given to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery by local man Fred Phelps, during the 1940s and 1950s.

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Free Exhibition

Timeless Secrets – Ceramic Artists in Their Own Words

Wednesday, 25 April | 10.00 am - Saturday, 14 July | 5.00 pm

“Pottery has its own language and inherent laws, and words have theirs, and neither can be bound by the other. Nevertheless a certain amount of translation and interpretation is possible.” Bernard Leach

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£8.00 Talks

Cellars, Towers and Tunnels by Jon Ratcliffe

Thursday, 26 April | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Join us for a fascinating talk by local professional photographer Jon Ratcliffe, as he shares some of his unseen pictures of Swindon’s recently demolished buildings and new developments.

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May 2018
Free Talks

Free Lunchtime Talk with Guest Curator, Mike Yates

Friday, 4 May | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join guest curator Mike Yates for a free tour of our new ceramics exhibition, Timeless Secrets – Ceramic Artists in Their Own Words.

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£8.00 Talks

50 Finds from Wiltshire by Richard Henry

Thursday, 31 May | 7.25 pm - 8.30 pm

Richard Henry is the Finds Liaison Officer for Wiltshire and records archaeological material made by members of the public.

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September 2018

Art Gallery Closure: Exhibition Changeover

Saturday, 1 September | 5.00 pm - Wednesday, 12 September | 10.00 am

From 5pm on Saturday 1 September – Wednesday 12 September 2018.  Re-opening on Wednesday 12 September with Cicatrix: The Scar of  Healed Wound and Art and Conflict: Works from the Swindon Collection. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Free Exhibition

Art and Conflict: Works from the Swindon Collection

Wednesday, 12 September | 10.00 am - Saturday, 1 December | 5.00 pm

Art and Conflict brings together paintings and drawings from the Swindon collection which reflect on war and conflict.

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Free Exhibition

Cicatrix: The Scar of a Healed Wound

Wednesday, 12 September | 10.00 am - Saturday, 1 December | 5.00 pm

Cicatrix (meaning: the scar of a healed wound) is a centenary project which reflects the story of Wiltshire during World War I. It is a contemporary art exhibition incorporating installation, drawing and films, by Prudence Maltby, Susan Francis and Henny Burnett.

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Free Exhibition

The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry: A History

19 September 2018 | 10.00 am - 5 January 2019 | 5.00 pm

The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry was founded in 1794 to help protect the county during the Napoleonic Wars. Today it lives on as part of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry.

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December 2018

Art Gallery Closure – Exhibition Changeover

Saturday, 1 December | 5.00 pm - Wednesday, 12 December | 10.00 am

From 5pm on Saturday 2 December –Wednesday 12 December.  New exhibition details to follow soon. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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