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Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

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Opening times

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

The Museum and Art Gallery is FREE to look around.

What's on

July 2017
Free Exhibition

The Lie of the Land: Exploring Modern British Landscapes from the Swindon Collection

Wednesday, 19 July | 10.00 am - Saturday, 18 November | 5.00 pm

The landscape is one of the most powerful and atmospheric themes in art. It can capture shared experiences of the land, transport us to new locales or challenge us with new interpretations of familiar scenes.

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Free Exhibition

Peter Burgess: A Celebration

Wednesday, 19 July | 10.00 am - Saturday, 18 November | 5.00 pm

During the 1970s, Peter Burgess was Head of Ceramics at Swindon School of Art and advised Swindon Museum and Art Gallery on establishing its collection of studio ceramics.

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September 2017
Free Exhibition

Swindon in the Frame: The Woodfield Studio, 1915-1939

Tuesday, 19 September | 10.00 am - Saturday, 30 December | 5.00 pm

Between 1915 and 1939, George Woodfield’s camera captured a unique record of Swindon and its people.

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Free Exhibition

Buttonhooks

Tuesday, 19 September | 10.00 am - Saturday, 30 December | 5.00 pm

This special exhibition brings together a remarkable collection belonging to members of The Buttonhook Society.

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October 2017
Free Exhibition

Peter Waldron: Odyssey

Wednesday, 11 October | 10.00 am - Saturday, 18 November | 5.00 pm

Peter Waldron’s bold, abstract paintings are inspired by the rhythm, colour and energy of natural forms. This exhibition explores the artist’s life and career to date and brings together a selection of his paintings and drawings.

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Fabulously Spooky Workshop!

Thursday, 26 October | 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

Come and join us for a spook-tacular crafty Halloween workshop at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery!

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£8 Talks

Peter Waldron: My Journey So Far

Thursday, 26 October | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Swindon-born artist Peter Waldron is known for his bold paintings inspired by the rhythm, colour and energy of natural forms.

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Free Talks

Free Lunchtime Talk – Apsley House Anniversary

Friday, 27 October | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery opened its doors in Old Town on October 27, 1920. Join our curator for this special free tour of Apsley House, to celebrate our anniversary.

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November 2017
Free Talks

Free Lunchtime Talk – Introducing Ceramics

Friday, 17 November | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn more about ceramics and pottery? Join our curator for an informal introduction to ceramics and explore Swindon’s amazing modern ceramic collection at the same time.

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Art Gallery Closed – Exhibition Changeover

Saturday, 18 November | 5.00 pm - Wednesday, 29 November | 10.00 am

The Art Gallery will be closed for exhibition changeover from 5pm on Saturday 18 November  and will re-open on Wednesday 29 November

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Free Exhibition

Pioneers: Highlights from the Swindon Collection of Studio Ceramics

28 November 2017 | 10.00 am - 10 March 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

Janet Boulton: Watercolours

29 November 2017 | 10.00 am - 20 January 2018 | 5.00 pm

Janet Boulton is internationally known for her watercolours and paper relief works, but few know of her connections to Swindon. This exhibition celebrates her works on paper and will include paintings inspired by music, still life and gardens.

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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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December 2017
Free Talks

Paper – Free lunchtime tour of the exhibition

Friday, 1 December | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join a free tour of our new exhibition, Paper. Our curator will introduce you to the artists and techniques behind the works on display, while introducing you to some of our newest acquisitions from the Meryl Ainslie Gift.

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£8 Talks

A Seeming Diversity: Sophie Cummings in conversation with Janet Boulton

Thursday, 14 December | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Join Janet Boulton and Sophie Cummings for a revealing “in conversation”, alongside Boulton’s exhibition at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.  

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Free Talks

Free lunchtime tour of the Janet Boulton exhibition

Friday, 15 December | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for a tour of our new exhibition by artist Janet Boulton. Explore her influences and techniques, and learn more about this fascinating artist.

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January 2018
Free Exhibition

Face the Music: the Winslow Collection of Instruments

10 January 2018 | 10.00 am - 3 March 2018 | 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

31 January 2018 | 10.00 am - 14 April 2018 | 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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April 2018

Art Gallery Closed – Exhibition Changeover

14 April 2018 | 5.00 pm - 25 April 2018 | 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

25 April 2018 | 10.00 am - 1 September 2018 | 5.00 pm

This exhibition explores the British art movements that flourished between the wars. Further information to be announced.

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Free Exhibition

The Phelps Bequest

25 April 2018 | 10.00 am - 1 September 2018 | 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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September 2018

Art Gallery Closure: Exhibition Changeover

1 September 2018 | 5.00 pm - 12 September 2018 | 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

12 September 2018 | 10.00 am - 1 December 2018 | 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

12 September 2018 | 10.00 am - 1 December 2018 | 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

1 December 2018 | 5.00 pm - 12 December 2018 | 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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