Stanley Spencer Gallery

Type:Gallery

Cookham High Street, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 9SJ

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

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About

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. 

Delight in Nature: Stanley Spencer’s World | 31 March to 30 October 2022

Stanley Spencer loved the world around him, and in particular his home village of Cookham. Not only were landscapes and still-lifes painted with exquisite detail, but they were also expressions of his visionary, spiritual world. Stanley complained that some of his landscapes were ‘pot boilers’ – easily saleable works that helped him survive financially – but actually his study of nature informed and became a part of his figurative work. He delighted in the detail of each leaf and blade – for him everything had meaning.

This exhibition will demonstrate how the natural world and the everyday were unified with Spencer’s spiritual vision: how rubbish became something beautiful; suburban spaces were considered places for mysterious, heavenly happenings; and how the sacred co-existed with the profane. Spencer’s paintings of the natural world were not just a financial necessity but were a form of personal redemption.  

Read more about Delight in Nature here.

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.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£6.00 per ticket
Art Fund£3.00 per ticket
Seniors/Students/RBWM Advantage cardholders£4.50 per ticket
Under 16sFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Events

Thursday, 31st March 2022 - Sunday, 30th October 2022

Stanley Spencer, The Dustbin, 1956, Oil on canvas, Royal Academy, © Estate of Stanley SpencerDelight in Nature: Stanley Spencer’s WorldStanley Spencer Gallery is delighted to present Delight in Nature: Stanley Spencer’s World. The exhibition will chart the influence the natural world had on Spencer’s development as an artist, from his very early years to the end of his life.
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible Lift
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Large print guides, Gallery guide is available in large print.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Children’s packs
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • Capacity limit - Only 10 visitors allowed per time on a first come, first served basis
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • One way system

Establishment Features

  • Air conditioning throughout
  • All weather attraction
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Special Opening for Groups by Arrangement

Parking & Transport

  • On street parking only
  • Railway station within 5 miles
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.Pre-booking essential preferably Mon-Fri, mornings. Groups of 25 and over may be split NO GROUP RATES
  • Maestro
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 50
  • Min group size - 6
  • Open by appointment only - Extra Charge
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Village Location

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

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    Recent Reviews:

    • kardorion
      Oxford, United Kingdom
      Complete it with a tour around Cookham
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 12th March 2022
      The Stanley Spencer Gallery is a small space and has changing exhibitions. Stanley Spencer has some fascinating artwork and it was wonderful to see his brushstrokes up close. But the gallery alone... Read full review
    • Ebl2022
      Little Gem
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 17th March 2022
      A real revelation - beautifully presented small gallery with fascinating paintings, and particularly interesting to see it in Cookham where lots of Spencer's paintings are based. Even better if you... Read full review
    • zoelB546SC
      Incredible Gallery in a beautiful place!
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 28th March 2022
      Amazing small gallery, the curation was fantastic and overall a lot of thought and care has been put into every aspect of the space. Spencer's works are impressive to see in person, the size of some... Read full review

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    Awards

    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

    Opening Times

    Open New Year
    Summer opening (1 Apr 2022 - 30 Oct 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:30

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