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Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

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February 2017
Free Exhibition

Modern Times: How the School of London changed British Art

Wednesday, 22 February | 11.00 am - Saturday, 1 July | 5.00 pm

During the 1950s and 1960s, a group of painters transformed the British art world. With their connections to the capital, its art schools and galleries, this group were called the School of London and comprise some of Britain’s most significant modern artists. Their bold, representational painting continues to inspire and captivate visitors.

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Free Exhibition

The Bomford Gift

Wednesday, 22 February | 11.00 am - Saturday, 1 July | 5.00 pm

Between 1943 and 1976, local art collector and landowner HJP (or ‘Jimmy’) Bomford gave 21 works of art to Swindon. These were instrumental in encouraging Swindon to establish a modern art collection for the town.

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Free Exhibition

The Ron Sloman Collection: Contemporary Ceramics

Wednesday, 22 February | 11.00 am - Saturday, 1 July | 5.00 pm

Since 2015, Mark Golder and Brian Thompson have been donating contemporary ceramics to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery in memory of their friend, the art dealer Ron Sloman.

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April 2017
Free Exhibition

Creative Wiltshire: Celebrating modern art and design from Swindon and Wiltshire

Tuesday, 11 April | 10.00 am - Saturday, 8 July | 5.00 pm

The landscape and character of Wiltshire has long inspired artists and designers. This exhibition celebrates artists from Swindon and Wiltshire who feature in our Collection of Modern British Art and includes many recent acquisitions.

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June 2017
£8.00 Talks

Order from Chaos: Behind the Scenes at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery by Stefanie Vincent

Thursday, 29 June | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Since 2014, Stefanie Vincent has been SM&AG’s Museum Collections Project Manager.  She has undertaken a variety of important HLF funded projects with the aim of discovering, documenting and interpreting the objects stored by SM&AG. 

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July 2017
Free Exhibition

Paint Me This Way! An exhibition of portraits by Susan Carr

Wednesday, 12 July | 10.00 am - Saturday, 9 September | 5.00 pm

This exhibition shows how portraiture can be used to help individuals rediscover and celebrate their identity, even when facing the greatest challenges. It comprises 29 painted portraits, 6 sculptures and 80 collages, all designed collaboratively with 7 patients living with severe illness.

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Free Talks

Free lunchtime talk – ‘Paint me this way!’

Friday, 14 July | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join Dr Susan Carr for a free and informal tour of her portrait exhibition ‘Paint me this way!’.  Discover the connection between portraiture and therapy in this inspiring exhibition and the extraordinary and moving stories behind the images.

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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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Free Exhibition

The Contemporary Art Society and the Swindon Collection

Wednesday, 19 July | 10.00 am - Saturday, 26 August | 5.00 pm

Since 1947, the Contemporary Art Society has gifted more than 30 works of art to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. This exhibition showcases their support by displaying a selection of these works together.

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£8 Talks

An Introduction to Portrait Therapy with Susan Carr

Thursday, 20 July | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Dr Susan Carr will talk about the process of developing Portrait Therapy as a unique and inclusive intervention for people living with life threatening and chronic illnesses.  

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Free Workshop

Free Drop-in Children and Grandparents Portrait Workshop

Saturday, 22 July | 10.30 am - 12.00 pm

This fun workshop for children and their grandparents will explore portraiture as a unique way of communicating self-identity.  

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£8 Talks

An Uphill Struggle with Michael Sandle RA

Thursday, 27 July | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Award-winning sculptor Michael Sandle RA has worked in museums around the world, including the Metropolitan in New York and the British Museum.  

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Free Talks

FREE Lunchtime Talk – The Lie of the Land

Friday, 28 July | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for an informal tour of our new exhibition, The Lie of the Land.  Discover our wonderful collection and learn more about how modern artists depict the landscape.

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August 2017
Free Workshop

Free Drop-in Children and Grandparents Portrait Workshop

Wednesday, 2 August | 10.30 am - 12.00 pm

This fun workshop for children and their grandparents will explore portraiture as a unique way of communicating self-identity.  

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Free Talks

FREE Lunchtime Talk – Contemporary Art Society

Friday, 11 August | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for an informal tour of our Contemporary Art Society (CAS) exhibition.  Discover how CAS has helped Swindon’s collection and the way they continue to help museums across Britain.

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Free Talks

FREE Lunchtime Family Tour – Peter Burgess

Friday, 18 August | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join this special family-friendly and hands-on tour with Sophie Cummings to learn about our wonderful ceramics collection. 

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Free Talks

FREE Lunchtime Talk – The Lie of the Land

Friday, 25 August | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for an informal tour of our new exhibition, The Lie of the Land.  Discover our wonderful collection and learn more about how modern artists depict the landscape.

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£8 Talks

Picasso’s Linocuts: A Late Flowering with Peter Davies

Thursday, 31 August | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

In this intriguing talk, Peter Davies will discuss Pablo Picasso’s work with linocuts; a fascinating yet often overlooked aspect of the artist’s oeuvre.  

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September 2017
Free Talks

Free Lunchtime Talk – ‘Paint me this way!’

Friday, 1 September | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join Dr Susan Carr for a free and informal tour of her portrait exhibition ‘Paint me this way!’.  

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Free Exhibition

Cathy Lomax – The British Painting Prize

Wednesday, 6 September | 10.00 am - Saturday, 30 September | 5.00 pm

Cathy Lomax’s work is a contemporary and personal exploration of popular culture, beauty, celebrity and identity. Her projects have included an ongoing Film Diary, ‘Mock Tudor’ inspired by the art of Hans Holbein, and American Tan, which explores Hollywood glamour.

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Free Talks

FREE Lunchtime Talk – Cathy Lomax

Wednesday, 6 September | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our tour of this brand new exhibition to discover more about this talented and exciting artist and ask any questions you have about the works on display.

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Free Family

Swindon Open Studios at Swindon Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday, 9 September | 11.00 am - Sunday, 10 September | 4.30 pm

As part of Swindon Open Studios 2017, artists Susan Carr and Terry Humphries will be exhibiting their work, including local scenes and landscapes, at the front of the Museum and Art Gallery. 

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£8 Talks

The Blind Spot: A Talk by Cathy Lomax

Thursday, 28 September | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

In September 2017, Cathy Lomax brings her exciting exhibition ‘The Blind Spot’ to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.  

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Free Talks

FREE Lunchtime Talk – The Lie of the Land and Contemporary Art Society

Friday, 29 September | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for an informal tour of our three current exhibitions and learn more about the works on display.

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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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Free Talks

FREE Lunchtime Talk – Peter Waldron

Wednesday, 11 October | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our tour of this brand new exhibition to discover more about this important abstract artist and ask any questions you have about the works on display.

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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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November 2017
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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December 2017
£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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