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Stanley Spencer Gallery

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Stanley Spencer Gallery. © The Estate of  Spencer.  All Rights Reserved, 2015 / Bridgeman Art Library

Address/Location

Cookham High Street
Cookham
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 9SJ

Contact

Tel: 01628 471885

The Stanley Spencer Gallery is situated in the heart of Cookham, the picturesque ‘village in heaven’ where Spencer was born and painted for most of his life.   Established in 1962 the building was transformed ten years ago into a magnificent modern art museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Spencer paintings, drawings, personal letters, photographs, press cuttings and books.

Visitor attractions: film and audio guide; exhibition catalogue; self-guided walk pamphlet; free children’s activity booklet; gift shop. 

An Artistic Affair: Stanley Spencer and Daphne Charlton

30 March 2017 – 1 October 2017

This exhibition offers a new perspective on the affair between Stanley Spencer and Daphne Charlton, based on the curator’s recorded conversations with Daphne, who had a pithy turn of phrase. She stated, for instance, that she had ‘no inhibitions at all’.

In 1939, Stanley Spencer began an affair with the artist Daphne Charlton. It was to last until 1941, although they remained in touch for the rest of his life. Daphne’s husband George had been her tutor at the Slade. Daphne was ebullient, vivid and a larger than life character. She features in a remarkable series of drawings and paintings by Spencer, many of which are in the exhibition.

Prices:

Entry fees: £6, adults.  £4, seniors and other concessions. Children accompanied by adults FREE.

Opening Times:

Winter November to March: Thurs - Sun Only 11.00am - 4.30pm

Summer From 30 March 2017, Tues - Sun 10.30am - 5.30pm

Normally closed Mondays but open Bank holiday Mondays.

Last entry 30 minutes before closing time.

Group and corporate visits

Group and corporate visits are welcome, with many excellent hostelries nearby. A popular stopping point for coach tours, highly informative and rewarding talks can be arranged and guided walks to the village and countryside where Spencer painted.

Lecture rooms for corporate visits are available by arrangement with the nearby Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Opening Times

Open New Year
open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* WINTER November to March: Thurs - Sun Only 11.00am - 4.30pm. SUMMER From 30 March 2017, Tues - Sun 10.30am - 5.30pm & Bank Holidays

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Recent Reviews:

  • JeannesGirl
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Quiet and lacks atmospgere
    3 of 5 stars
    Monday, 8th May 2017
    Took friends visiting from Africa.... Welcome stiff and you felt as if you could not chat freely! Art worth seeing but not fantastic... Different style wax intriguing. Postcards on the fridge! Read full review
  • Janet M
    Small but perfectly formed
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 30th April 2017
    A charming gallery. Highly recommended. Combines well with a visit to the John Lewis Heritage Centre. Read full review
  • DMW201
    Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Do not miss 'The Artistic Affair'
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 21st April 2017
    This exhibition runs until 1st October and is a special one not to be missed. It is dedicated to the memory of Daphne and George Charlton's influence on Stanley Spencer while living in Leonard... Read full review

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