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Stanley Spencer Gallery

Type:Gallery

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

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Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham: Mr and Mrs Baggett (1956) part of the Winter Exhibition 'Friends and Family'

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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. 

Stanley Spencer Gallery Cookham Winter Exhibition: 'Friends and Family: Portraits by Stanley Spencer'

8 November 2018 to 24 March 2019, Thursday to Sunday, 11am-4:30pm.

Friends and Family, an exhibition of portraits by Stanley Spencer opened in the Stanley Spencer Gallery on 8th November 2018 and will run until 24th March 2019.

This exhibition includes paintings and drawings of people from all walks of life; from family and friends who were given works as gifts, to those who paid for the privilege of sitting for the famous artist.

For people living in the area there is much to be found of local interest, from Cookham neighbours to fellow hospital patients. 

According to Gallery Archivist Ann Danks Spencer’s “exceptional gift was to look beyond what he saw and capture the very essence of his sitters’ personality and character.”

Stanley Spencer Gallery Cookham Summer Exhibition: 'COUNTERPOINT Stanley Spencer and his Contemporaries'

28 March to 3 November 2019

For its summer exhibition, The Stanley Spencer Gallery is working with The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art to offer a new perspective on Stanley Spencer’s art.

The exhibition COUNTERPOINT: Stanley Spencer and his Contemporaries will show works by Spencer alongside those by a stellar cast of 20th-century British artists including Barnett Freedman, C.R.W. Nevinson, Edward Burra, Mark Gertler, William Roberts, Jacob Epstein and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. 

Some of these artists attended the Slade School of Art with Spencer, but others worked later in the 20th century.

Although working independently, together these artists created an era of creativity and originality.   Counterpoint is a musical term in which separate melodies complement each other but maintain their independence. This exhibition will provide a context for Spencer’s work and also encourage new perspectives on the artistic interplay of Modern British artists.
 

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.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (from 30 March 2017)£6.00 per ticket
Seniors/Students/RBWM Advantage cardholders£4.00 per ticket
Under 16sFree

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

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

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:

  • michele O
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    A hidden gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 5th December 2018
    A peaceful, calm converted chapel that houses some beautiful works of art by Stanley Spencer. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. The £1 guide to the paintings was a must and taught me a... Read full review
  • WDandAK
    London
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Art gallery gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 24th December 2018
    This little gallery dedicated to the life and work of Stanley Spencer is a real gem. The exhibition changes regularly and introduces you to all aspects of his life and work. A place to return to... Read full review
  • JonnersB
    Bray-on-Thames, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    A slice of local art history
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th February 2019
    Long on my wish list, I finally found time to pop in and I’m glad I did. The curator chipped in plenty of useful information. This is a small gallery but very interesting, I will return in future as... Read full review

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Opening Times

Open New Year
open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* 8 November 2018 to 24 March 2019, Thursday to Sunday, 11am-4:30pm. Summer exhibition 28 March to 3 November 2019, times to be confirmed.

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