Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

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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.
Frances Richards, On Being Alone, 1963, Watercolour on board, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection © Estate of Frances Richards. All rights reserved, DACS 2019

Frances Richards: An Artist Apart

  • 10 September — 24 November 2019 *on now

Frances Richards work has a distinctive, visionary character that sets it apart from the art of her time in both its abstract and figurative manifestations. The touching and utterly non-academic sophistication of her art, and its consciously modernist affiliations recalls deeply personal recurring themes.

The exhibition will concentrate on the embroidery-collages and unseen drawings and monotypes, executed in the war years and previously unseen until now, reflecting the perspective of a hugely gifted female artist and the dark mood of that fateful time.

The exhibition also presents some of the beautiful and radiantly graceful figurative and flower paintings of her later years.

Suitable for

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

Languages

  • Welsh

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/52707/Frances-Richards-An-Artist-Apart

© Geoff Hunt, PPRSMA

The Mary Rose: People and Purpose

  • 10 September 2019 — 1 March 2020 *on now

Glynn Vivian is delighted to be working with The Mary Rose Trust and Swansea University, to bring a selection of unique objects from The Mary Rose to Wales for the very first time.

Dr Nick Owen and the team at Swansea University College of Engineering have been working with The Mary Rose Trust for over 10 years, using innovative scientific techniques to uncover the truth about the people on board the sunken Tudor warship.

Experts have discovered that The Mary Rose was a more international ship than once imagined, and have found evidence that some members of the crew were European, and even possibly two members of North African origin.

Visitors will get the chance to see several recovered items on display at the Gallery, including items of clothing, Tudor weapons, and a special replica of one of the skulls of the crew, created in Swansea using photogrammetry models (3D technology).

Also included in the exhibition is a Portrait of a 16th century Lady from the Gallery's Collection, which has recently been restored by the Gallery's painting conservator.

The Mary Rose sank in 1545 in the Solent, during a naval battle with the French, with the loss of hundreds of sailors' lives. The wreckage was raised from the seabed in 1982.

The exhibition, The Mary Rose: People and Purpose continues at the Gallery from 20 July to the 1 March 2020.

In partnership with The Mary Rose Trust and Swansea University. Supported by Oriel Science, Swansea University.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/52216/The-Mary-Rose-People-and-Purpose

Margam Mountain

Sophy Rickett: Cupid and the Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows

  • 27 September — 24 November 2019 *on now

This solo exhibition by Sophy Rickett combines photography and text and is inspired by the life and work of Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn, a Swansea artist and astronomer active at the end of the 19th century. The project, which has evolved over a number of years, documents Rickett's journey as she moves towards a closer understanding of this remote world of Victorian privilege, with its close connections to the early history of photography.

For her installation at Glynn Vivian, photographs and text from Cupid and the Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows are combined with works Rickett has selected from the Glynn Vivian's own collection.

Suitable for

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

Languages

  • Welsh

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/52701/Sophy-Rickett-Cupid-and-the-Curious-Moaning-of-Kenfig-Burrows

Swansea Stories

Swansea Stories

  • 27 September 2019 — 15 March 2020 *on now

To celebrate Swansea's 50th anniversary as a city, Glynn Vivian presents Swansea Stories in which we are showing the largest selection of our permanent collection ever displayed. The Gallery's collection includes works from the 18th century to modern times and it presents an eclectic and unique portrait of the city: the changing landscape that has inspired artists for centuries, from the steep hills of the city centre to the surrounding landscapes of Townhill, Mayhill, Mumbles and Dunvant, to our beautiful coastline.


The exhibition is loosely themed into two main sections, Swansea People and Places. Swansea People and Places includes portraits of the rich and famous such as opera singer Adelina Patti, the poet Vernon Watkins, and past Lord Mayors; to its workers such as miners, cockle pickers and dockworkers - and even our very own beloved dog, Swansea Jack. Swansea's streets, its beautiful coastline and its industry will also feature, from agricultural landscapes to the bombing of the city centre; so much of Swansea is captured here.

The other part of our exhibition, Swansea Favourites, is a collection of works which people ask to see most often either through conversations with our front of house team or through audience surveys and via the website. In this section we celebrate some of our most famous works by internationally renowned artists such as Gwen John and French Impressionists Claude Monet and Lucien Pissarro; and a papier-mâché portrait made by over 100 children from Penlan School in the 1980s.

Suitable for

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

Languages

  • english
  • welsh

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/52703/Swansea-Stories

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Sophy Rickett, Margam Mountain, 2019

Sophy Rickett in conversation with Rut Blees Luxemburg

  • 21 November 2019 2-3pm

Sophy Rickett's exhibition Cupid and The Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows is on show in Room 7 until 24 November 2019. Her book, The Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows has just been published by GOST Books, London.

Rut Blees Luxemburg's work Swansea sur Mer and The Kiss, part of the series ffolly and made at the beginning of the new millenium, is in the gallery collection and on display as part of the Swansea Stories exhibition, on display until 15 March 2019.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Languages

  • Englsih

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/52830/Sophy-Rickett-in-conversation-with-Rut-Blees-Luxemburg

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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