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Opening times

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

The Museum and Art Gallery is FREE to look around.

What's on

March 2018
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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Free Exhibition

New Acquisitions

Wednesday, 28 March | 10.00 am - Saturday, 1 September | 5.00 pm

An unexpected space has come free in the Art Gallery so we thought we’d display some new acquisitions.  These include seven works on paper by two of Britain’s most fascinating contemporary female artists

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April 2018
Free Exhibition

An Uneasy Peace: British Art between the Wars

Thursday, 19 April | 2.30 pm - 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

Thursday, 19 April | 2.30 pm - 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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Free Talks

Free Lunchtime talk: The Phelps Bequest

Friday, 27 April | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of our new exhibition, the Phelps Bequest.

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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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Free Talks

Free lunchtime talk: Gillian Ayres (1930-2018), Florestan – a closer look

Friday, 11 May | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Florestan is one of the most important abstract paintings in the collection of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

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Free Exhibition

Transport: Seven Swindon Stories

Wednesday, 16 May | 10.00 am - Saturday, 1 September | 5.00 pm

Swindon has always been a town of making and moving. From canals and trams, through to trains, planes and cars, this is a town that’s always on the go.

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Free Talks

Free lunchtime talk: Art Between the Wars

Friday, 18 May | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for a free tour of our current exhibition, An Uneasy Peace: Art between the Wars.

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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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June 2018
Free Talks

Free Lunchtime Talk: Lord Methuen’s The Port of Bristol and the Phelps Bequest

Friday, 8 June | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of our new exhibition, the Phelps Bequest, with a special focus on Lord Methuen’s painting of the Port of Bristol.

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July 2018
Free Talks

Free Lunchtime Talk: Julian Trevelyan’s The Potteries and Art between the Wars

Friday, 6 July | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of our exhibition, Art Between the Wars , with a special focus on Julian Trevelyan’s 1938 painting, The Potteries.

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Free Exhibition

Fractures: Texture and Fragility in Modern Ceramics

Wednesday, 25 July | 10.00 am - Saturday, 24 November | 5.00 pm

This exhibition explores Swindon’s collection of modern ceramics through ideas of texture and fragility. It brings together challenging ceramic sculpture by Ian Auld, Gordon Baldwin, Ben Arnup and Sara Radstone.

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August 2018
Free Talks

Free Lunchtime Talk: Ben Nicholson’s Composition in Black and White, and Art between the Wars

Friday, 3 August | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of our exhibition, Art Between the Wars, with a special focus on Ben Nicholson’s ground breaking abstract work, Composition in Black and White, 1933.

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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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