Home is where the art is: via Swindon Advertiser

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

This is post is by way of a quick share of an article in the Swindon Advertiser today about Swindon’s rather special art collection. If you think the museum is inadequate now imagine this:

“… Anyone wishing to see the disparate, slim-pickings of Swindon’s early modern art collection would in 1943 have to have made their way to some unused rooms in the town hall and a corridor in McIlroys department store.

It wasn’t until Jimmy Bomford donated 21 works by 20th century British artists that it became, in effect, a collection.First exhibited at the Arts Centre in 1946, it was later housed at a former dance hall, also in Devizes Road.To overcome the lack of adequate premises the collection was on a couple of occasions dispatched on tour in cities and towns around the country.In 1964, however, the “L” shaped extension to the Bath Road museum was built as a gallery to exhibit the works where – due to the collection’s size – they tend to be shown in rotation…”

As it happens I have today been to the Museum and Art Gallery to see the travelling Turners. No not a rock band but a small selection of paintings by Turner himself, that is doing the rounds as it were, on display with a selection of other landscapes. It’s a really nice exhibition with some interesting works in it. And how absolutely fabulous to be able to see Turners – I mean actual Turners here in Swindon – not Bristol or Bath or even London.  Well I’m in awe anyway.

There really is some terrific art in Swindon and not just the collection of paintings. There’s a huge amount of public art – some of it well hidden – and much of it I’ve mentioned on this blog. If you are interested have a root around this section: http://swindonian.me/category/artscultureheritage/  One set of public art in particular that I’ve written about is the West Swindon Sculpture trail. 

The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am-3pm. Admission is free. Tel. 01793 466556. E-mail: nwestern@swindon.gov.uk.


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