Okay, so ‘Art on Tour’ can’t take credit for this one, but we couldn’t let this fantastic news go unmentioned, as Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is now able to offer another fabulous way for all the art lovers and culture vultures out there to experience the art collection online!
‘Big Hitters’ is an exciting virtual exhibition which brings together just shy of 30 artworks from the collection, which represent some of the most significant names in modern British art. The exhibition is available through Art UK, the online home of the nation’s public art collections, and has been developed with their exciting new curation tool.
You can check it out here – https://artuk.org/discover/curations/big-hitters-significant-artists-in-the-swindon-collection/template/storyline.
The exhibition was curated by the committee of the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, a charity dedicated to promoting and fundraising for (you guessed it) Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. Linda Kasmaty is the fabulous chair of the Friends, and this is what she had to say about the exhibition:
“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… 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.”
Taking up Linda’s point that ‘Big Hitters’ goes hand-in-hand with Art on Tour’s aims, we decided that the next episode of Art Snaps should focus on artworks chosen by the Friends’ committee for the exhibition. The final choice includes fantastic pieces by Christopher Le Brun, Desmond Morris and Alfred Wallis, and it’s available right here.
When making this selection, we realised that half of the artworks in the exhibition have already been covered in the Art Snaps series and the Spring Festival Talk ‘The Story of Swindon’s Art Collection’… Clearly, great minds think alike!
So, if you’re having a browse through the exhibition and want to know more about a piece of work, here’s a quick directory of what we’ve covered and where:
Gillian Ayres, ‘Florestan’ – Episode 1: A Celebration of Colour
Vanessa Bell, ‘Nude with Poppies’ – Episode 13: The Bloomsbury Group
Claude Francis Barry, ‘Tower Bridge, London: A Wartime Nocturne’ – Episode Six: Highlights from the Civic Offices
Cecil Collins, ‘The Sibyl’ – Episode 5: Spring has Sprung
Lucian Freud, ‘Girl with a Fig Leaf’ – Episode 14: Refugees and British Art
Terry Frost, ‘Grey, Red and Black Verticals’ – Episode 2: Abstract Painting in the 1960s
Sylvia Gosse, ‘The Printer’ – Episode Six: Highlights from the Civic Offices
Duncan Grant, ‘Seated Model’ – Episode 13: The Bloomsbury Group
Maggi Hambling, ‘Descent of the Bull’s Head’ – Episode 7: Staff Picks
Ivon Hitches, ‘Spring in Eden’ – Episode 5: Spring has Sprung
Howard Hodgkin, ‘Gramophone’ – The Story of Swindon’s Art Collection (Spring Festival Talk)
Paul Ayshford Methuen, ‘Port of Bristol’ – The Story of Swindon’s Art Collection (Spring Festival Talk)
Ben Nicholson, ‘Composition in Black and White’ – The Story of Swindon’s Art Collection (Spring Festival Talk)
Christopher Nevinson, ‘Welsh Hills’ – The Story of Swindon’s Art Collection (Spring Festival Talk)
L.S. Lowry ‘Winter in Pendlebury’ – Episode 3: The Bomford Gift
Edward Wadsworth, ‘Bright Intervals’ – Episode 15: Still Life
You can find all these episodes on our YouTube Channel here.
We’ll sign off with a shout out to the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, who do amazing, positive work to support SwindonMAG. Check out their website to find out more about them and their fabulous programme of Zoom talks – www.friendsofsmag.org.
That’s all for now – thanks for reading!
Katie and Mags