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.
 Ceri Richards, Music of Colours, White Blossom, 1968, Oil on canvas, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection © Estate of Ceri Richards. All rights reserved, DACS 2018

Dylan Thomas: Music of Colour

  • 22 September 2018 — 10 February 2019 *on now

Throughout his life, Dylan sought opportunities to work with others and thrived in the artistic communities of Swansea in the 1930s, when the Kardomah Café's 'coffee drinkers - poets, painters, and musicians in their beginnings' included Vernon Watkins, Alfred Janes and Dan Jones.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
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  • Any age
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 5-6
Yinka Shonibare MBE, End of Empire 2016 Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Turner Contemporary, Margate, Photographer: Stephen White

Yinka Shonibare MBE: End of Empire

  • 22 September 2018 — 24 February 2019 *on now

Presented alongside Marc Rees's Nawr Yr Awr/ Now The Hero commissioned for 14-18NOW, Shonibare's sculptural work End of Empire explores how alliances forged in the First World War changed British society forever, and continue to affect us today.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age

Languages

  • Welsh

Website

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/43751/Yinka-Shonibare-MBE-End-of-Empire

Richard Billingham, (Untitled) Welshmoor, 2010, Black and white photograph

Wakelin Award 2018: Richard Billingham

  • 28 September — 18 November 2018 *on now

Richard Billingham lives in Swansea. He was the first recipient of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 1997 and was nominated for the Turner Prize, 2001. His work is held in many international public collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, Tate and the V&A, London.

He holds professorships at the University of Gloucestershire and Middlesex University.

The Award is administered and supported by the Friends of the Glynn Vivian, together with donations in memory of Richard and Rosemary Wakelin.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age

Languages

  • Wales

Website

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/43769/Wakelin-Award-2018-Richard-Billingham

Anna Barratt, Gemma Copp & Joan Jones, Still from A Spacewoman Dreams, 2018, Film

A Spacewoman Dreams

  • 28 September — 18 November 2018 *on now

This new film work by Swansea-based artists, Anna Barratt, Gemma Copp and Joan Jones, explores planetary and outer-planetary themes of loss, emptiness, futility and dislocation.

Creating a feeling of the impending extinction of human life, they trudge through eerily beautiful natural settings. Their costumes and gestures suggest a sense of abandonment and defiance, lending the idyllic scenery a foreboding bleakness. In increasingly turbulent times, politically, ecologically and psychologically, the work attempts to map out the experience of life lived on the very edge of existence.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • Any age
  • 16-17

Languages

  • Welsh

Website

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/43759/A-Spacewoman-Dreams

James Richards, Rosebud, 2013. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist and Rodeo

On Paper

  • 28 September — 25 November 2018 *on now

From collage to sculpture, corrugated card to blotting paper, On Paper explores the work of celebrated 20th century and contemporary artists whose work demonstrates a range of approaches to work on paper and the use of paper as a sculptural medium.

Featuring work by over 20 artists including Karla Black, Tim Davies, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker, James Richards and Bridget Riley.

An Arts Council Collection exhibition

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age

Languages

  • Wales

Website

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/44305/On-Paper

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

Website

http://www.swansea.gov.uk/glynnvivian/

E-mail

glynn.vivian.gallery@swansea.gov.uk

Telephone

01792 516900

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