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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

10: 00am - 5.00pm

Admission charges

ADMISSION FREE

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

Languages

  • Welsh

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/29494/Journeys-between-Art--Life-Richard-Glynn-Vivian-1835-1910

Bob Gelsthorpe, Still from we'll go down this road until it turns from colour to black and white (II), 2017

Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award 2017: Bob Gelsthorpe

  • 23 September — 19 November 2017

Gelsthorpe is based in Cardiff and works through a range of media including performance, photography and sculpture. This exhibition takes its inspiration from his late grandfather's toolbox and explores notions of labour and memory.

The Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award takes place in alternate years, funded by the Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery from a generous gift by the late Sir Leslie Joseph. Entry is open to young artists throughout the UK who have received part of their education in Wales.

The Award offers an excellent opportunity to present their first solo exhibition in a public gallery. Previous award winners include Will Nash, Tomas Lewis, Richard Monahan and Heather Phillipson.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Welsh

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/36518/Sir-Leslie-Joseph-Young-Artist-Award-2017-Bob-Gelsthorpe

Helen Sear, the company of trees, 2015

Helen Sear: ...the rest is smoke

  • 23 September — 19 November 2017

This exhibition is the first UK presentation of the work commissioned for Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice 2015.

The work is rooted in Sear's local environment of rural Wales. Ideas of mortality and temporality are explored through a series of works in which agricultural landscapes marked for production and consumption are seen to exist simultaneously as magical spaces, imprinting themselves on the body and mind of the viewer. Sear's photographic and video works explore the image as sculptural form whereby the artist integrates different speeds of looking, contrasting physical scale, colour and vivid material presence.

The exhibition ...the rest is smoke was curated by Stuart Cameron on behalf of Ffotogallery and commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales. This exhibition will tour to Crescent Arts, Scarborough, Impressions Gallery, Bradford and Hestercombe House, Somerset in 2018.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Welsh

Where

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Alexandra Road
Swansea
Swansea
SA1 5DZ
Wales

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/36514/Helen-Sear-...the-rest-is-smoke

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Alexandra Road
Swansea
Glamorgan
SA1 5DZ
Wales

Website

www.swansea.gov.uk/glynnvivian/

E-mail

glynn.vivian.gallery@swansea.gov.uk

Telephone

01792 516900

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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