In June this year, Swindon’s impressive collection of Modern British Art received a significant addition with an anonymous donation of fifty works of prints, paintings and drawings, in appreciation of Meryl Ainslie’s services to the Arts.
The works were given to the Museum and Art Gallery to enhance the already established collection and as an expression of support for the continued work towards a proposed new Museum and Art Gallery for Swindon.
A selection of the works were on display in ‘The Lie of the Land’ exhibition which closed on Saturday 18 November, and now a large selection of the remaining gifts will be displayed in ‘Paper: Drawings, prints and works on paper from the Swindon Collection’, an exhibition which opens on Wednesday 29 November and runs through till Saturday 14 April.
The exhibition features some fascinating examples of modern art. It includes drawings, watercolours and prints by modern and contemporary artists and demonstrates the huge range of effects that can be created using paper and imagination.
Works featured include those by Allen Jones, Nicholas Monro, Michael Ayrton, Basil Beattie and Katherine Jones. These are displayed alongside prints by Joe Tilson, Eduardo Paolozzi and Cecil Collins, and drawings by George Clausen, Gwen John and Michael Craig-Martin.