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Gallery will use Swindon’s parks as a new art exhibition space

Four of Swindon’s beautiful parks have been chosen to host an autumn trail with a difference.

Published: Thursday, 1st October 2020
Art on Trees

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s Art on Tour project will use trees to hang examples of its renowned collection in an effort to share art with more people in more places.

Throughout October people will be encouraged to follow an exciting trail which will challenge park visitors to find 10 artworks which will be displayed on vibrant banners.

The ‘Art on Trees’ trail will take place on the following dates:

·         Town Gardens, 6 - 11 October

·         Coate Water, 13 - 18 October

·         Stanton Park, 20 - 25 October

·         Lydiard Park, 27 October - 1 November

‘Art on Trees’ is free for anyone to take part in and is the perfect activity for families with children or for people who may just be out walking their dog.

Families can download exciting resources to help guide them around the trail and get creative with nature. Adults can access online information about the artworks on the trail by scanning a QR Code on the banners or by visiting: www.swindonmuseumandartgallery.org.uk/artontour

Taking part is easy. Simply visit one (or more) of the parks on the dates listed above to get searching. There is no right order to find the 10 artworks in, but the route will be available through the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery website, along with activities to accompany the trail.

Katie Ackrill, Project Engagement Officer for Art on Tour, said: “This year has been very challenging, and continues to challenge us still, but many people have recognised that engaging with nature and creativity is hugely beneficial for our wellbeing.

“So this trail is all about getting outdoors into the fresh air, appreciating the abundant beautiful green spaces that we have here in Swindon, and being inspired by Swindon’s fantastic art collection. Of course, we can do all of this while maintaining a safe, social distance but still having fun.”

Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Culture, said: “Katie and the team have been doing a great job in coming up with new and engaging ways of sharing our wonderful art collection and Art on Trees is another good example.

“As a great champion of our parks and someone who regularly walks my dog, I can’t wait to try out the trails myself. My dog Juno is a beagle, so I’m sure we will have fun putting her art-hunting skills to the test.

“The trails are another great excuse to get outdoors and visit Swindon’s superb parks for yourself.”

To find out more about ‘Art on Trees’ and the ‘Art on Tour’ project, visit www.swindonmuseumandartgallery.org.uk/artontour, or follow the project on Facebook (@ArtonTour2020) or Instagram (@swindongalleryartontour).

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