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Virtual Exhibition - A Picture of Health

29th Nov 2021

In 1871 the Great Western Railway Hospital in Swindon welcomed their first patient. 150 years later in 2020/21, STEAM Museum welcomed doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers.

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All of these people are involved in vaccinating people against Covid19. 

To help them relax during their breaks, the Swindon Art on Tour Team have curated a display of artworks selected from the collections at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.The artworks explore health and wellbeing through themes including creativity, nature and exercise.

Thanks to Art UK’s Curation tool, we are also able to make a digital version of the exhibition available. For more digital outreach from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, please visit

Time: 00:00 - 12:00

Location: Online

Cost: Free

Happening Today, 29th Nov 2021
Art on Tour at Home!

Location: Online

Time: 09:00 - 19:00

Cost: Free

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery's 'Art on Tour' programme goes DIGITAL! Welcome to Art on Tour At Home! Great art and inspiring ideas, direct to your sofa!

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Get out your best china, plump up the cushions, and vacuum the living room - Art on Tour is coming to yours for tea! And they're bringing Swindon's nationally significant modern art collection with them! Just for you! From L.S Lowry to Lucian Freud, and Grayson Perry to Henry Moore, they're proud to be using the Art on Tour programme to bring our awesome art collection to more people in more places.

Launched in late 2019, Art on Tour was originally conceived as a Swindon-wide outreach programme, with an extensive schools learning offer, community engagement events, and an off-site exhibitions programme. Sadly, like everyone else, the Art on Tour team have needed to consider alternative ways to engage communities and have put their previous plans on-hold. BUT, theyare not deterred in their mission to bring the Swindon Art Collection to all four corners of the globe! The team have flexed their creative muscles and GONE DIGITAL! This means that you can explore and engage with the Collection, and get involved, from the comfort of your own sofa!

Make use of the daily Art Burst children’s resources to keep little hands and minds occupied! Use the daily Art Challenges to entertain all the family! Be amazed by the Art Snap podcasts - the best that art history has to offer, in a nutshell! Explore inspiring online galleries! Be part of the conversation with the Art on Tour blog! Get involved by creating your own masterpieces and see them displayed in the Art on Tour virtual gallery! Join the Art on Tour tribe on Facebook and Instagram and get your daily dose of all things art!


Online Talk - Art on Tour: The Story of Swindon’s Modern Art Collection

Location: Online

Time: 00:00 - 12:00

Cost: Free

With Katie Ackrill from the Art on Tour project, brought to you by Swindon Museum & Art Gallery.

People are often surprised to hear that Swindon owns one of the best collections of Modern British Art in the UK, with artworks by both nationally known and local artists. This vibrant talk, produced for the Swindon Spring Festival, tells the story of Swindon’s art collection, through 12 fascinating artworks. Katie Ackrill, Art on Tour Engagement Officer, tells stories interwoven with these pieces, and reveals how they came to be in Swindon.

This talk is free of charge to view and is available via Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s You Tube channel.

This talk was originally produced for the Swindon Spring Festival which took place in May 2020.  Click here for more information on this Festival. 

Virtual Exhibition - Big Hitters: Significant Artists in the Swindon Collection

Location: Online

Time: 09:00 - 23:59

Cost: Free

This virtual exhibition is curated by the Friends of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, and shines a spotlight on some of the most significant artists represented in Swindon’s collection.

Selected artworks span the Twentieth Century and include work from defining groups and movements, such as the Bloomsbury Group, the St Ives School and the School of London. ‘Big Hitters’ also showcases pieces by important contemporary painters Christopher le Brun, Eileen Cooper and Maggi Hambling, as well as treasured paintings in the collection by Gillian Ayres, David Bomberg, L.S. Lowry and many more.

Although the Bath Road venue is closed due to COVID-19, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is making the best of digital resources to help people access the collection, which is credited with being one of the best in the UK. This has included the launch of ‘Art on Tour at Home’, which has developed a number of free online talks, activities and learning resources. ArtUK’s curation tool is also invaluable for sharing the collection with audiences during lockdown.

Linda Kasmaty, the Chair of the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, explained why the initiative is so important. She said:

“When we were asked if the Friends’ committee would like to mount a virtual exhibition, we thought what a fantastic way of getting the collection shown to a wider, online audience. Since the beginning of lockdown due to COVID-19, many people have spent more time online, and many museums and galleries have greatly increased their online presence. We’re hoping this exhibition will complement the ‘Art on Tour’ initiative which has been a tremendous success, connecting with many people, both those familiar with the Swindon collection, and those who did not know Swindon had such a collection.”

Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Town Centre, Culture and Heritage, said: “Lockdown has really inspired us to come up with new and creative ways of showcasing our fantastic art collection here in Swindon and this latest exhibition is another fine example of that work.

“I would like to thank the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and ArtUK for their work in promoting these 30 wonderful artworks, and I’m sure it will be a big hit in keeping with its title!”

The virtual exhibition can be accessed via Art UK Curations here.

Virtual Exhibition - Pop and Prosperity: 1960s British Art from the Swindon Collection

Location: Online

Time: 09:00 - 00:00

Cost: Free

This online exhibition (on the Art UK website) explores the art and culture of 1960s Britain through some of the most significant paintings and drawings from the Swindon Collection.

This online exhibition explores the impact of popular culture and society on British art in the 1960s, and features work by Howard Hodgkin, Michael Craig-Martin and Mary Fedden. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to appreciate the diversity, confidence and ambition of British art during the 1960s, and the way it responded to a rapidly changing world.

Pop and Prosperity takes as its starting point one of the most significant works in Swindon’s Collection, Richard Hamilton’s Interior Study. This collage embodies the growing ‘pop’ sensibility in contemporary art at the time, which engaged with everyday life and Britain’s post-war prosperity.

The exhibition also explores the rise of abstract painting in 1960s British art, as artists sought to embrace new forms of expression. Paintings by Bernard Cohen, Terry Frost and William Gear will be on display.

Finally, the exhibition looks at the influence of sixties art on subsequent generations of artists, from 1980s abstraction to the YBAs.



Richard Hamilton, Interior Study (a), 1964, Mixed media, Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 1964


Through the Window @ STEAM

Location: STEAMFire Fly Ave

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Free

'Through the Window' showcases artworks from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery alongside collections from STEAM.

 'Through the Window' showcases artworks from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery alongside collections from STEAM, including GWR posters and photographs. This visually interesting and informative display celebrates the Great Western Railway through popular destinations easily accessed from Swindon. The exhibition includes information on the development of tourism in relation to the GWR.

Please note that this exhibition is at STEAM Museum.  Information on STEAM opening times can be found here

Virtual Exhibition - Optimism: Spring to Summer - Selected by the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Location: Online

Time: 00:00 - 12:00

Cost: Free

After the restrictions of Winter and lockdown, the choice of artwork for this exhibition is driven by the optimism of the arrival of Spring.

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The slow reduction of restrictions allows us to look forward to enjoying the changes that Spring brings, followed by the arrival of Summer.

The artwork reflects these changes with the soft greens of Spring, early flowers, and wide skies. This is followed by the warm days of Summer, brighter colours, the casual enjoyment of the warmth, meeting in groups and travel for holidays. Further lifting of restriction leads to the playing of sports and the warmer colours of the harvest season.

Our optimism is finally met with the return of crowds, large groups of people at concerts, fairs, and social events.


Virtual Exhibition - The Beauty of Diversity

Location: Online

Time: 00:00 - 12:00

Cost: Free

This exhibition is curated by the Women's Group of the Harbour Project. Over four sessions, participants learnt about Swindon's art collection, and selected works which resonated with them.

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They each wrote down words and phrases to describe what they enjoyed and felt about their selected artworks. The exhibition title was chosen by a member of the group, and reflects the variety of artworks chosen, and the diverse perspectives offered.

The Harbour Project aids refugees and asylum seekers across Swindon, providing friendship, advice and hope for visitors to our town. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery has been excited to work with a group that has bought different voices and fresh perspectives to Swindon's art collection.

For more information on The Harbour Project, click here.  For more information on Art on Tour, click here.