Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery night
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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery has reopened following a multi-million pound redevelopment.

New spaces for lectures, expert conservation works, touring exhibitions and collection displays are among the improvements visitors can look forward to.

A new state-of-the-art extension will link the historic buildings, including the grade two listed 1911 display, which has benefitted from complete restoration and improvements to facilities and access, all of which will ensure the Glynn Vivian is fit for the 21st Century.

A new collection store for artworks has also been added, as well as a fully accessible entrance that means more people than ever will enjoy greatly improved access to the artworks.

The redevelopment and restoration project has been funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Swansea Council, the Welsh Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw. Funding was also secured through the Building Enhancement Programme grant scheme run by Swansea Council and funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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Opening hours

10: 00am - 5.00pm

Admission charges


A broad spectrum of visual arts from the original bequest of Richard Glynn Vivian (1835-1910) which includes work by Old Masters as well as an international collection of porcelain and Swansea china. The 20th Century is also well represented with modern painting and sculpture by Hepworth, Nicholson, Nash alongside Welsh artists such as Ceri Richards, Gwen John and Augustus John.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
R.E. Pfeninger, Portrait of Richard Glynn Vivian, 1882, Oil on canvas

Journeys between Art & Life: Richard Glynn Vivian (1835-1910)

  • 15 October 2016 — 31 December 2017 *on now

Rooms 4 - 7

Richard Glynn Vivian was the original founder of our Gallery in Swansea. Born at Singleton Abbey, Glynn was the fourth son of the wealthy Vivian family, owners of the most successful copper smelting plant in the world in the 19th century.

Glynn left his entire art collection for 'the enjoyment of the people of Swansea' in 1908, and the Gallery opened in 1911, a year after his death.

Glynn Vivian collected throughout his life, travelling extensively around the world by steamboat and by train, acquiring objects and art works from every country that he visited. Journeys between Art & Life presents his collection and celebrates his life for the first time in over 100 years.

The Richard Glynn Vivian displays are accompanied by a new digital multimedia guide.
Download for free, available on itunes and Google play

The project is generously supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age


  • Welsh




Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Alexandra Road




01792 516900

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