Art on Tour Exhibitions

Art on Tour shares artworks from the Swindon Collection with venues throughout the Borough. In doing this, we aim to break down barriers to access, work with interesting partners, and find new ways to interpret aspects of the collection. All exhibitions and displays delivered through Art on Tour can be accessed during the venue’s opening hours.

Changing Faces at Lydiard House Museum

21 July – 1 December 2022

‘Changing Faces’ presents Modern portraits from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, alongside paintings of the St John Family at Lydiard House Museum.  The works show the transformation of portraiture in the Twentieth Century, and celebrate its endurance as a genre in British art.  The art trail includes portraits from the Swindon Collection by Leslie Cole, Lawrence Gowing, Raymond Mason and Stephen Tomlin.

Address: Lydiard House and Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, SN5 3PA

Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Admission to Lydiard House Museum is applicable. Visit the ‘Talks and Workshops’ tab for information on how to view Interventions as part of a free guided tour.

Image: Lawrence Gowing, ‘Portrait of a Youth (Alfie Bass)’, 1939-41, Oil on canvas, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, ©Estate of Lawrence Gowing

Coate 200 at Richard Jefferies Museum

26 July – 25 August 2022

In celebration of Coate Water’s 200-year anniversary, Art on Tour and Richard Jefferies Museum present an exhibition of artworks inspired by Coate Water Country Park.  Artworks from the Swindon Collection show how artists in the 20th Century were inspired by its natural landscape and social history.  The exhibition will include a George Reason’s well-loved painting ‘The Polluted Lake’, and a new acquisition depicting Coate Farm in 1902.

Address: Richard Jefferies Museum, Marlborough Road, Coate Water, SN3 6AA

Admission Free. Opening Times:

10:30 – 12:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00 – 16:00 Second Wednesday of each month
13:00 – 17:00 Every Sunday 

Please see the Richard Jefferies Museum website for more information about events and visiting.

Image: George Reason ‘The Polluted Lake’, 1969, Oil on board, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, ©Estate of George Reason

Interventions at Lydiard House Museum

9 April – 17 July 2022

Interventions brings artworks from Swindon Museum & Art Gallery to the historic setting of Lydiard House Museum.  This playful trail responds to the grand Palladian spaces with modern creativity, encouraging fresh visual and contextual relationships between the two. 

Address: Lydiard House and Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, SN5 3PA

Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Admission to Lydiard House Museum is applicable. Visit the ‘Talks and Workshops’ tab for information on how to view Interventions as part of a free guided tour.

Image: Malene Hartmann-Rasmussen, Nightfall, 2010s, Glazed earthenware with ceramic transfers, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, ©Malene Hartmann-Rasmussen

A Celebration of Colour at Civic Offices

From 31 January 2022

This exhibition presents a selection of paintings and studio ceramics from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.  It explores the chemistry behind some of the most vibrant ceramics in the collection, and reveals different ways modern and contemporary artists have approached colour through paint.  A Celebration of Colour presents work by Gillian Ayres, Mark Lancaster and Kate Malone. A new acquisition by Emily Drake will be shown for the first time since entering the Swindon Collection.

See the ‘Talks and Tours’ tab for information on free guided tours.

Address: Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH

Admission FREE. Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

Image: Gillian Ayres, ‘Florestan’, 1986, Oil on canvas, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, ©Estate of Gillian Ayres

Ken White, ‘Riveters’, 1997, Oil on canvas, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, ©Ken White

The Art of Industry at STEAM Museum

From 19 January 2022  

This exhibition brings together artworks from the collections at STEAM Museum and Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.  Paintings, drawings and prints capture the dynamism and transformation of the railway in the 20th Century.  The Art of Industry includes work by Margaret Neve and Ken White, amongst others from the Swindon Collection.

Address: STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, Firefly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2EY

Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm, Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Admission to the exhibition is FREE. A fee will be payable to view the rest of the displays at STEAM Museum.

Image: Ken White, ‘Riveters’, 1997, Oil on canvas, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, ©Ken White

Highlights from the Swindon Collection at Civic Offices

September 2019 – Ongoing

This exhibition brings together 20 works of art from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, to showcase the variety and quality of the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art. It includes paintings and prints by world famous artists, and artists with a special connection to Wiltshire and Swindon.

See the ‘Talks and Tours’ tab for information on free guided tours.

Address: Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH

Admission FREE. Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

Image: Desmond Morris, Girl Selling Flowers (Diana Dors), 1946, Oil on canvas, ©Desmond Morris