Art on Tour meets Heritage Open Days

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 2021

In celebration of Swindon’s art and heritage, Art on Tour is working with four venues to showcase its modern art collection during Heritage Open Days.

All exhibitions and family activities are free to enter.

A Feast for the Eyes at the Health Hydro

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September, 11am-4pm

In response to this year’s HOD theme Edible England, A Feast for the Eyes looks at themes of food and dining through modern and contemporary art from Swindon’s collection. From symbolic still lifes to experiments with shape and colour, A Feast for the Eyes will include work by Stephen McKenna, Mary Fedden and Lawrence Gowing. It will also include a small display of domestic ware from the Wiltshire-based Ramsbury and Cricklade Potteries. 

(Please click on the Health Hydro link for information about access.)

Mary Fedden, The Spanish Chair, 1998, Oil on canvas, ©The Estate of Mary Fedden / Bridgeman Images, Image from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Frank Quinton: A Celebration at the Central Community Centre

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September, 10am – 4pm

A series of atmospheric watercolours by Swindon artist Frank Quinton are inspired by Swindon’s buildings, people and railway heritage, including the transformation of the GWR works into STEAM Museum. These artworks are from the collections at STEAM Museum and Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

Frank Quinton, Mechanics Institute, Swindon, 1982, Watercolour, ©The Estate of Frank Quinton, Image from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Charles White at the Railway Village Museum

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September, 10am – 4pm

Visit the Railway Village Museum to see a charming painting from Swindon’s Collection depicting the Railway Village houses in the 1970s/‘80s. This artwork is on display at the Railway Village Museum, which also includes heritage collections from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

Charles White, Facades of the Railway Village Houses, Oil on board, ©The Artist’s Estate, Image from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Through the Window: Artworks by Janet Boulton from the Swindon Collection at STEAM Museum

11 – 12 September and 18 – 19 September See STEAM website for opening times

This display of paintings by Janet Boulton supports the ongoing exhibition ‘Through the Window’ at STEAM Museum. Seven artworks from the Swindon Collection demonstrate the artist’s interest in glass, windows and reflections. Four watercolours, shown for the first time since being acquired by SwindonMAG, show views from the Swindon School of Art at North Star Avenue in 1974, including the demolition of the Railway Works.

Janet Boulton, Summer Window, Ridgeway Farm Cottage, 1975, Oil on board, ©Janet Boulton, Image from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Mr Bomford’s Travelling Imaginarium at Emlyn Square

Sunday 12 September, 11am-4pm

After an exciting summer of touring Swindon, Mr Bomford’s Travelling Imaginarium is thrilled to land in Emlyn Square for Heritage Open Days! Visit an outdoor art gallery with a difference, with copies of artworks from Swindon’s Collection and free family activities inspired by Swindon’s railway heritage.