Talks – Current

Please note, there are limited spaces on the talks and booking is essential. Please email to book your space.

A Thousand Words at Central Library (Swindon Festival of Literature)

Wednesday 4 May, 7 – 8pm

Free, booking essential

In celebration of the Swindon Festival of Literature, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery will showcase artworks inspired by books and stories at the Central Library.  This talk will explore the endurance of narrative and storytelling in modern art, through artworks from the Swindon Collection.  Visitors will be among the first to see a new exhibition ‘A Thousand Words’ (until 4 June) before hearing a curator’s talk.

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

Interventions at Lydiard House Museum

Friday 13 May and Saturday 4 June, 12 – 12.40pm

Free, booking essential

Interventions brings artworks from Swindon Museum & Art Gallery to the historic setting of Lydiard House Museum.  Hear more about the artworks on display, which include exquisite Lucie Rie ceramics and a unique book illustrated by R.B. Kitaj.

A free tour of Interventions can be booked by e-mailing  Tour attendees are also encouraged to visit Lydiard House Museum for which an entry fee is payable. 

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

Talented Swindon at Civic Offices

Wednesday 8 June and Friday 1 July, 12 – 12.30pm

Free, booking essential

In this talk, visitors learn more about artworks in Highlights from the Swindon Collection at the Civic Offices.  It explores artworks and artists with links to Swindon, including Roy Bizley, Harold Dearden and Nicholas Monro.   

Image: Royston Bizley, Icelandic Landscape, 1992, Acrylic on canvas, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, ©Artist’s Estate