Parks are to be galleries

By Barrie Hudson - 1 October 2020

CommunityArts and CultureAttractions

Four Swindon parks have been chosen to host an autumn trail with a difference.

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s Art on Tour project will use trees to hang examples of its renowned collection in an effort to share art with more people in more places.

Throughout this month people will be encouraged to follow a trail challenging them to find 10 artworks which will be displayed on banners.

The dates and locations for the Art on Trees event are:

- Town Gardens, 6-11 October 
- Coate Water, 13-18 October 
- Stanton Park, 20-25 October 
- Lydiard Park, 27 October-1 November

Art on Trees is free for anyone to take part in and is billed as the perfect activity for families with children or for people who may just be out walking their dog.

Families can download resources to help guide them around the trail and get creative with nature. Adults can access online information about the artworks on the trail by scanning a QR code on the banners or by visiting

Katie Ackrill, Project Engagement Officer for Art on Tour, said: “This year has been very challenging, and continues to challenge us still, but many people have recognised that engaging with nature and creativity is hugely beneficial for our wellbeing.

“So this trail is all about getting outdoors into the fresh air, appreciating the abundant beautiful green spaces that we have here in Swindon, and being inspired by Swindon’s fantastic art collection. Of course, we can do all of this while maintaining a safe, social distance but still having fun.”

Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Culture, said: “Katie and the team have been doing a great job in coming up with new and engaging ways of sharing our wonderful art collection and Art on Trees is another good example.

“As a great champion of our parks and someone who regularly walks my dog, I can’t wait to try out the trails myself. My dog, Juno, is a beagle, so I’m sure we will have fun putting her art-hunting skills to the test.

“The trails are another great excuse to get outdoors and visit Swindon’s superb parks for yourself.”

Further information can be found at, or by following the project on Facebook (@ArtonTour2020) or Instagram (@swindongalleryartontour).


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