New virtual exhibition at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

By Barrie Hudson - 22 March 2021

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Swindon Museum and Art Gallery has launched a new virtual exhibition.

Burderop Park, Wroughton, Wiltshire, Mrs Calley in the Garden by Kate Allen Tryon (1865–1952)

Featuring pieces chosen by the committee of the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, the exhibition - 'Optimism: Spring to Summer' - celebrates Spring and the prospect of better times to come.

The Swindon Borough Council-owned venue on Bath Road has been closed for a year due to the pandemic, but has been making the best of digital resources to help people access the collection.

Swindon's collection of 20th century art in particular is widely credited with being the finest outside London.

Other museum and art gallery wrk includes the continuing Art on Tour at Home project, which has developed a number of free online talks, activities and learning resources. This new virtual exhibition has been produced using ArtUK’s curation tool, which staff say has been invaluable for sharing Swindon’s collection with audiences during lockdown.

Linda Kasmaty, who chairs the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, said: “The slow reduction of restrictions allows us to look forward to enjoying the changes that Spring brings, followed by the arrival of Summer.

“The artwork reflects these changes with the soft greens of Spring, early flowers, and wide skies. This is followed by the warm days of Summer, brighter colours, the casual enjoyment of the warmth, meeting in groups and travel for holidays. 

"Further lifting of restriction leads to the playing of sports and the warmer colours of the harvest season.

“Our optimism is finally met with the return of crowds, large groups of people at concerts, fairs, and social events.”

The exhibition can be found at https://artuk.org/discover/curations/optimism-spring-to-summer-selected-by-the-friends-of-swindon-museum-and-art-gallery

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