Vision for a New Swindon Museum and Gallery

New Swindon Museum and Gallery- Make Architects

The vision to build an iconic museum and art gallery in Swindon’s town centre came to life at Rabley Drawing Centre with an amazing presentation by architect Jason Parker from the award winning and internationally renowned Make Architects.

Ann-Christopher RA, Emma-Stibbon RA, Sadie-Tierney, Jason-Parker, Meryl-Ainslie

The project was showcased in the Rabley Gallery to a packed house, all were enthusiastic to know more and backthebidswindon to make a reality this wonderful opportunity putting the new Swindon Museum and Gallery at the heart the renaissance of the town. Viewing the beauty of the architect’s model of the building was a show-stopper moment!

The New Swindon Museum and Gallery Architect’s Model

There are two monumental spires fanning the span of the building that houses a new gallery for the important C20 art collection, the extensive museum and archaeological collections, contemporary galleries, education and community spaces – taking us towards the sky with a beautiful rooftop garden and sculpture park. This will be a cultural heart for local people and to encourage visitors and new life to Swindon.

Robert Hiscox has launched this amazing project, backing it not only with his passion for the arts but his commitment and support of the project to get if off the ground. He has backed an independent board of trustees to drive the project, but remains its inspiration!

The New Swindon Museum and Gallery – nocturnal view

Dr. Rod Hebden, director of the trust is co-ordinating and putting the Heritage Lottery Fund bid together. The Council is behind the project with major funding, but we need all the friends of Rabley to backthebid too!! The trustees want to hear your comments, revel in your ideas and take you on the journey with them. So if you have not already done so sign up with your support today.


Sign up here to back the bid!

Read more about Make Architects design proposal

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Sadie Tierney ‘ Starry Mantle Boardwalk. Showing in her solo exhibition ‘Of Night and the Light and the Half Light at Rabley Gallery until 21 October

We are very proud the Rabley Gallery artists and friends for all your support. It was fantastic to have SADIE TIERNEY’S brilliant exhibition ‘Of Night and the Light and the Half Light’ as a backdrop to this event – so don’t forget to come along and visit the show. It is open until 21 October.

Ann Christopher RA, Nana Shiomi Trips, Talks, Demonstrations

To coincide with the new exhibitions opening in the gallery this September and October  we hope you will come along to our Trips, Talks & Demonstrations 

Wednesday 17 September


Gallery talk with the artist

Ann will discuss her works on paper and their relationship to the sculpture that has led her to international recognition. With a large sculpture installed in the farmhouse and a promise of ‘in hand’ small sculptures, this talk promises to be an intimate and rare opportunity to meet the artist and witness her work of great beauty.

11.30 – 1pm   Tickets £10

Followed by a visit to ‘Crucible2’ Sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral, curated by Gallery Pangolin. 70 artists featuring 100 works of art by 61 sculptors including Ann Christopher RA. 

Entry Free, Minibus £20


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Wednesday 8 October


11.30 – 1pm

Tickets £10

Contemporary Japanese woodcut print demonstration and informal gallery talk with the artist.

Nana Shiomi is an extraordinary printmaker combining the tradition Japanese Woodcut printmaking with her own contemporary inventions. Nana Studied in Osaka and at the RCA in London and has been a master printmaker for more than 20 years. 


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Places are limited and secured only with your booking & payment. We are sorry but we cannot make refunds ticket sales.