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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

January 2019
Free Exhibition

Animals: Seven Swindon Stories

Tuesday, 29 January | 11.00 am - Wednesday, 15 May | 4.30 pm

Explore Swindon’s history through the lives of seven of the town’s most famous animal inhabitants.

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March 2019
Free Exhibition

An Art of the People – Ramsbury & Cricklade Potteries

Wednesday, 13 March | 11.00 am - Saturday, 25 May | 4.30 pm

This special exhibition celebrates our two local potteries, Cricklade and Ramsbury.

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Free Exhibition

Out of the Box: An exhibition of paintings by David Bent

Tuesday, 26 March | 11.00 am - Saturday, 1 June | 4.30 pm

This exhibition brings together a diverse selection of paintings by the artist David Bent. It includes geometric landscapes, intricate photographic collages, and paintings which tackle major contemporary social issues.

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Free Exhibition

Artist and Model: Portraits, Self-Portraits and Figure Studies from the Swindon Collection

Tuesday, 26 March | 11.00 am - Saturday, 20 July | 4.30 pm

The relationship between artist and model is one of the most powerful dynamics in art. This exhibition explores that relationship through a series of portraits and figure studies, examining both artist and sitter.

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April 2019
£8.00 Talks

Friends Talk – Threads in a Web with David Lomax

Thursday, 25 April | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

This illustrated talk explores influences and themes that have prompted David’s sculpture

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Free Talks

Free Lunchtime Talk – An Art of the People

Friday, 26 April | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join guest curator Mike Yates for a free lunchtime tour of our ceramics exhibition, ‘An Art of the People’ which celebrates the Ramsbury and Cricklade Potteries. 

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May 2019
Free Exhibition

Ground Floor Galleries Closed – Exhibition Changeover

Wednesday, 15 May | 4.30 pm - Tuesday, 28 May | 11.00 am

Please note that the Ground Floor Galleries will be closed from 4.3opm on Wednesday 15 May for exhibition changeover

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Free Talks

Free Lunchtime Talk – An introduction to the Swindon Collection (part of the Swindon Spring Festival programme)

Saturday, 18 May | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

What do you know of Swindon’s incredible collection of Modern Art? Would you like to discover known and unknown treasures of twentieth century works of art?

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£8.00 Talks

Friends Talk – Out of the Box, with David Bent

Thursday, 23 May | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Awarded Companionship of the Royal Aeronautical Society, David is well known for his pioneering and original approach to aviation art. 

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Free Talks

Free Lunchtime Talk on ‘Artist and Model’ exhibition

Friday, 24 May | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of our new exhibition which explores portraits, self-portraits and figure studies.

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Free Exhibition

Infocus Stitching: Great Western Embroiderers respond to Swindon’s historic photography collections

Tuesday, 28 May | 11.00 am - Saturday, 7 September | 4.30 pm

This spring, members of Swindon’s renowned Great Western Embroiders will present a new exhibition of embroidery and textiles

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Family Drop-In Workshop – Clay Coins

Wednesday, 29 May | 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Craft your own Roman coin in clay and be like a powerful Roman Emperor!

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£5.00 Workshop

Family Workshop – Marvellous Mosaics

Thursday, 30 May | 11.00 am - 2.30 pm

Make a marvellous mosaic coaster using clay tiles to take home and learn more about the Romans!

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Family Drop-In Workshop – Roman Wreath

Friday, 31 May | 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Learn about the victorious Roman Empire by making a laurel wreath to wear!

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Free Talks

Free lunchtime curatorial tour of David Bent’s exhibition

Friday, 31 May | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of the new exhibition, ‘Out of the Box by David Bent’

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June 2019
Free Exhibition

Partial Art Gallery Closure – Exhibition Changeover

Saturday, 1 June | 4.30 pm - Tuesday, 11 June | 11.00 am

Please note that the Art Gallery will be partially closed for exhibition changeover from 4.30pm on Saturday 1 June

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Free Exhibition

Uncanny: Realism and Fantasy in Modern Ceramics

Tuesday, 4 June | 11.00 am - Saturday, 28 September | 4.30 pm

Ceramics that beguile, ceramics that bewitch… this exhibition celebrates the most unusual and unsettling ceramics in Swindon’s collection of modern British Art.

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Family Drop-In Workshop – Father’s Day

Saturday, 8 June | 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Show your Dad that he’s your hero by making him a card and medal to wear with pride this Father’s Day!

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Free Exhibition

Town and Country: Images of Swindon

Tuesday, 11 June | 11.00 am - Saturday, 20 July | 4.30 pm

This exhibition explores some of the wonderful depictions of Swindon and its countryside that can be found in Swindon’s Collection of Modern British Art.

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Family Drop-In Workshop – Father’s Day

Saturday, 15 June | 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Show your Dad that he’s your hero by making him a card and medal to wear with pride this Father’s Day!

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£8.00 Talks

Friends Talk – Acquiring Works for the National Trust, with Emile de Bruijn

Thursday, 27 June | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

This talk, with Emile de Bruijn, Lead Registrator (Collections Development), will focus on how the National Trust identifies work it might wish to purchase. 

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July 2019
Free Exhibition

Art Gallery Closure – Exhibition Changeover

Saturday, 20 July | 4.30 pm - Tuesday, 30 July | 11.00 am

Please note that the Art Gallery will be closed from 4.30pm on Saturday 20 July for exhibition changeover

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£8.00 Talks

International Tennis Art – Swindon’s Vicente do Rêgo Monteiro Tennis of 1928, in context

Thursday, 25 July | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Professor Ann Sumner will highlight the painting Tennis of 1928 by Vicente do Rego Monteiro (1899 — 1970), held in the collection of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. 

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Free Exhibition

Connections: An Exhibition by group 7

Tuesday, 30 July | 11.00 am - Saturday, 7 September | 4.30 pm

This group exhibition brings together the artists of group 7, who have a strong commitment to the media of drawing, painting and printmaking.

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Free Exhibition

Touring the Swindon Collection, 60 Years On

Tuesday, 30 July | 11.00 am - Saturday, 9 November | 4.30 pm

In 1959, the Swindon Collection of Modern British art began a tour of 16 towns and cities of the United Kingdom.

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September 2019
Free Exhibition

Gallery Closures – Exhibition Changeovers

Saturday, 7 September | 4.30 pm - Tuesday, 17 September | 11.00 am

Please note that Ground Floor Galleries and part of the Art Gallery will be closed for exhibition changeover from 4.30pm on Saturday 7 September

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Free Exhibition

Ken White: Railways and Landscapes

Tuesday, 17 September | 11.00 am - Saturday, 30 November | 4.30 pm

This exhibition brings together a selection of paintings by one of Swindon’s best loved artists, Ken White.

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Free Exhibition

100 Years of the Wiltshire WI: Celebrating the Centenary of The Wiltshire Federation

Tuesday, 17 September | 11.00 am - Saturday, 12 October | 4.30 pm

Wiltshire’s Women’s Institutes were established in 1919 and Wiltshire’s Federation is celebrating in its centenary year in 2019.

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October 2019
Free Exhibition

Ground Floor Gallery Closures – Exhibition Changeover

Saturday, 12 October | 4.30 pm - Tuesday, 22 October | 11.00 am

Please note that the Ground Floor Galleries will be closed from 4.30pm on Saturday 12 October for exhibition changeover

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November 2019
Free Exhibition

Art Gallery Closure – Exhibition Changeover

Saturday, 9 November | 4.30 pm - Tuesday, 19 November | 11.00 am

Please note that the Art Gallery will be closed for exhibition changeover from 4.30pm on Saturday 9 November

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