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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

New Acquisitions

Wednesday, 28 March | 10.00 am - Thursday, 23 August | 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 - Thursday, 23 August | 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 - Thursday, 23 August | 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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May 2018
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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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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£8.00 Talks

Timeless Secrets – Ceramics, Collectors and Museums by Mike Yates

Thursday, 26 July | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Over the years many collectors of studio pottery have donated their collections to major museums. Here, Mike Yates will consider the history of these collections

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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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Art Gallery Closure: Exhibition Changeover

Thursday, 23 August | 5.00 pm - Wednesday, 12 September | 10.00 am

From 5pm on Thursday 23 August – 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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September 2018
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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£8.00 Talks

Cicatrix: Call and Response – Walk and Talk with Katie Ackrill

Thursday, 27 September | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Cicatrix artists Henny Burnett, Susan Francis and Prudence Maltby are joined by Katie Ackrill in a lively ‘walk and talk’ around their exhibition at SM&AG.

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October 2018
£8.00 Talks

Annual General Meeting + Talk by Jessy Price

Thursday, 25 October | 6.30 pm - 9.00 pm

This evening will start with the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, followed by a talk by Jessy Price – Witches foreign and domestic: English demonology in Restoration-era Bombay.

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November 2018
£10.00 Talks

Laughter and Loss: British Artists in World War II with James Russell

Thursday, 22 November | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

When Kenneth Clark set up the War Artists scheme in 1939 he hoped to employ British artists and keep them safe. In this wide-ranging lecture we follow the fortunes of those chosen

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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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£15.00 Talks

Cheese and Wine Evening

Thursday, 13 December | 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Join the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery for a pre -Christmas celebration evening of cheese and wine. 

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January 2019
Free

Gifted

29 January 2019 | 10.00 am - 17 March 2019 | 5.00 pm

Gifted brings together a selection of works given and supported by the Art Fund and V&A Purchase Fund. Swindon owes its remarkable collection of modern British art to the generosity of individuals and organisations.

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June 2019
Free Exhibition

Martin Froy: Abstracts

11 June 2019 | 10.00 am - 20 July 2019 | 5.00 pm

This small exhibition celebrates Martin Froy’s 1960s abstract paintings and works on paper. These intense, colourful paintings are an excellent introduction to the work of this important artist, and show his contribution the development of abstract art in Britain.

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July 2019
Free Exhibition

Connections: An Exhibition by group 7

30 July 2019 | 10.00 am - 7 September 2019 | 5.00 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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