Family in Residence

Calling creative families in Swindon – WE NEED YOU!

We’re looking for a special family to be Swindon Art Gallery’s ‘Family in Residence’ and help us put our learning and activity resources to the test! We’ve been busy developing a huge range of resources inspired by Swindon’s Modern Art Collection, and we’d like you to try them out! We’re looking for families of any shape and size to join us (children need to be aged between 4 and 12). In return for trying out some of our fun activity resources and sending us photos of the results, we’ll send you a FREE pack of children’s art materials!

Have a read of the information below, and our Family in Residence information pack. Then, if you’re interested in being our Family in Residence, or would simply like some more information, please email Mags Parker, Learning Officer, on

How does it work?

Each week throughout July and August, we’ll send you one email with a resource from our collection to try out. Resources don’t need printing and don’t need any special knowledge or equipment. You can try the resource out at any point during the week, take a few photos or videos of it in action, and pop us back an email with the photos letting us know how you got on! We’d like to use the photos on our blog, on the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery website, and on our Facebook and Instagram pages. You can choose whether you’re happy to have photos with faces, or anonymous photos with busy hands and artwork! We won’t give names or any other information about you at any point (unless you’d like us to!)

We’re interested in how much fun and learning happens and how user-friendly the resources are, not in amazing artwork! We’d like to show people what is possible with our resources and get more people using them.

In return, we’ll post you a Children’s Art Pack (containing colouring pens, paints and other stationery) to use alongside the resources, for maximum creative fun!

Have a look at a sample of our resources here and here.

If you’re interested in being our Family in Residence, or have any questions, please email Mags Parker, Learning Officer, on