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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

November 2018
Free Exhibition

Japan: Exploring eastern influences in the Swindon Ceramic Collection

28 November 2018 | 11.00 am - 2 March 2019 | 4.30 pm

From soft celadon glazes to smoking raku firing, this exhibition will explore the impact of Japan on Swindon’s  collection of ceramic art.

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January 2019
Free Exhibition

Gifted! How gifts and generosity have shaped the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art

Tuesday, 15 January | 11.00 am - Saturday, 16 March | 4.30 pm

Gifted! explores the gifts, bequests and donations that have helped establish Swindon’s collection as one of the most important collections of modern British art outside London.

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Free Exhibition

This Woman’s Work: Female Artists in the Swindon Collection

Thursday, 24 January | 11.00 am - Saturday, 16 March | 4.30 pm

This exhibition explores the work of female artists in the Swindon Collection and includes paintings and drawings by Gwen John, Mary Fedden, Gillian Ayres, Nicola Tyson and Sylvia Gosse.

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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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February 2019

Family Drop-In Workshop – Awesome Amulets

Friday, 22 February | 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

The Ancient Egyptians used amulets to protect them from dangers and evil.  Why not have a go at creating your own amulet out of clay!

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£8.00 Talks

Friends Talk – Wyvern Theatre: Modernist Gem or Brutal Eyesore?

Thursday, 28 February | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Conservation Architect Michael Gray presents a talk about the Wyvern Theatre, currently Swindon’s main performance venue. 

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March 2019
Free Talks

Free lunchtime talk on ‘This Woman’s Work’ exhibition

Friday, 8 March | 12.30 pm - 1.00 pm

Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of the exhibition. ‘This Woman’s Work’. Discover some key works of art created by female artists

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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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Family Drop-In Workshop – Mother’s Day

Saturday, 23 March | 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Make your  Mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day by making a lovely present and card just for her.

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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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£8.00 Talks

Friends Talk – Ken White & Andy Binks – In Conversation

Thursday, 28 March | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Celebrated artist and muralist Ken White embarks on a whistle stop tour of his life through some amazing photographs

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Free Talks

Free lunchtime talk on the new Artist and Model exhibition

Friday, 29 March | 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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Family Drop-In Workshop – Mother’s Day

Saturday, 30 March | 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Make your Mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day by making a lovely present and card just for her.

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April 2019
Free Talks

Free lunchtime curatorial tour of the David Bent exhibition

Friday, 5 April | 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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Family Drop-In Workshop – Under the Sea

Wednesday, 10 April | 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Explore the exciting underwater world of fish, sharks, turtles and coral reefs by making your very own colourful fish!

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Family Drop-In Workshop – Egg-cellent Easter

Friday, 12 April | 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Celebrate the start of Easter by making your very own Easter egg head boppers!

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Family Drop-In Workshop – Brilliant Bugs

Tuesday, 16 April | 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Build a bug and race it!  Who will win!  Learn about mini-beasts and why they are so important.

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Family Drop-In Workshop – Bouncy Bunny

Thursday, 18 April | 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

With Easter just a bounce away, the Easter bunny is on its way!  Make a cute Easter basket and card.

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£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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May 2019
£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 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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June 2019
Free Exhibition

Uncanny: Realism and Fantasy in Modern Ceramics

Tuesday, 4 June | 11.00 am - Saturday, 7 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

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

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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