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.

A Thousand Words at the Central Library

4 May – 4 June 2022

In celebration of the Swindon Festival of Literature, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery showcases artworks inspired by books and stories at the Central Library.  This exhibition brings together prints and paintings inspired religious and mythological stories, historic episodes and personal narratives.

Address: Central Library, Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1QG

Admission FREE. Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am-5.30pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm

Image: Patrick Hayman, Captain James Cook in New Zealand, 1980, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, ©Estate of Patrick Hayman

Interventions at Lydiard House Museum

9 April – 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

Local Legacies: Ceramics from the Swindon Collection at Highworth Museum

22 February – 14 May 2022

Local Legacies presents a display of studio ceramics from the Swindon Collection. The selected pieces have local roots, and provide links to broader narratives of 20th Century and contemporary ceramics.  This celebration of Wiltshire-based makers is co-curated with Highworth Historical Society, and includes work by Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie, Ivan Martin and Jo Taylor.

Address: Highworth Visitor Information Centre, 7 High Street, Highworth, SN6 7BE

Admission FREE. Opening times: Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 3pm, Saturday: 9am – 2pm

Image: Jo Taylor, Cup, 2017, Thrown porcelain with celadon glaze, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

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 Leon Kossoff, 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