Swindon Museum and Art Gallery launches ‘Big Hitters’ virtual exhibition with ArtUK 

Big Hitters: Swindon Museum & Art Gallery.

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery has announced the launch of a virtual exhibition. You can view it through ArtUK, the online home of the nation’s public art collections.

Entitled ‘Big Hitters’, the works in the exhibition are the choices of the committee of the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. The Friends work to draw attention to some of the most important pieces in Swindon’s modern, British art collection.

View the exhibition here: https://artuk.org/discover/curations/big-hitters-significant-artists-in-the-swindon-collection/template/storyline

Covid-19 Closure enhances digital resources

During the Covid-19 enforced closure, the museum team have made great use digital resources with which to enable access to the Swindon collection. One that Swindon is fortunate to own. It’s credited as being one of the UK’s finest such collections.

The virtual activity includes the launch of ‘Art on Tour at Home’. From that several free online talks, activities and learning resources have sprung. ArtUK’s curation tool is also invaluable for sharing the collection with audiences during lockdown.

Big Hitters

Big Hitters includes around 30 artworks from the collection, spanning the 20th Century. Its showcases some of the most popular pieces in the collection.

These are works by the likes of David Bomberg, Howard Hodgkin and L.S. Lowry.

Linda Kasmaty, the Chair of the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, explained importance of the initiative. She said:

When asked to mount a virtual exhibition we jumped at the chance. We thought, what a fantastic way of getting the collection shown to a wider, online audience.

Since the start of lockdown, many people have spent more time online and many museums and galleries have increased their online presence.

We hope this exhibition will complement the ‘Art on Tour initiative. That’s been a tremendous success. It’s connected with so many people. Both those familiar with the Swindon collection and those who had no idea of its existence.

(c) DACS; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation. Bomberg: the south-east corner of Jersusalam - Big Hitters: Swindon Museum & Art Gallery
(c) DACS; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation. Bomberg: the south-east corner of Jersusalam

A comment from the council

Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Town Centre, Culture and Heritage, said: “Lockdown has inspired us to come up with new and creative ways of showcasing our fantastic art collection here in Swindon. And this latest exhibition is another fine example of that work.

“I would like to thank the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and ArtUK for their work in promoting these 30 wonderful artworks. I’m sure it will be a big hit in keeping with its title!”

The exhibition is available to view through ArtUK from Friday 3 July.

In other news

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is thrilled at its inclusion in the Great British Art Quiz, compiled by ArtUK and The Guardian newspaper.

Why not visit The Guardian’s website and test your knowledge about Swindon’s art collection by taking this exciting quiz:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jun/04/great-british-art-quiz-swindon-museum-art-gallery.

For further information:

I wrote about Swindon’s art collection in Secret Swindon and the Apsley House home of the museum in Swindon in 50 Buildings.

It gets a mention in the forthcoming guide book too.

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery sits on Bath Road, in Swindon’s Old Town.

Besides the modern British art collection, the museum houses important collections of:
a.local archaeology
b. geology
c. social history and …
d. … Egyptology

Go to: www.swindonmuseumandartgallery.org.uk for more information.

Art on Tour

Art on Tour is a project dedicated to sharing Swindon’s art collection with more people in more places. The link below takes you to a digital version:

www.swindonmuseumandartgallery.org.uk/artontour

About the Friends

Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is a charitable organisation. They’re committed to supporting Swindon Museum and Art Gallery via promotion and fundraising.

See their website for more information about their activity and membership. https://friendsofsmag.org/

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