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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.

Stanley Spencer Gallery Summer Exhibition: Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer

The Stanley Spencer Gallery will reopen at 10.30am on Saturday 15 August 2020.  The exhibition Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer has been ready for you since March and now finally Stanley, Hilda and Patricia can meet their public again. 

Spencer’s work was dominated by his relationships with his two wives, Hilda Carline and Patricia Preece.  Their joint lives form a compelling art historical and human story.  Add to this Spencer’s passion for his home village of Cookham and his spiritual and physical need for all three inspirations of his art and this exhibition is an unmissable event.

Highlights are Hilda Carline’s defiant early self-portrait (on loan from Tate), Spencer’s own portrait of Patricia Preece (on loan from Southampton City Art Gallery) and a rarely seen self-portrait from Patrica Preece’s partner Dorothy Hepworth.  Other works are from the Stanley Spencer Gallery collection, private owners and other galleries.

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

Covid-19 safety information

There will be Covid-19 restrictions in place.  Only 10 visitors will be allowed at any one time on a first come, first served basis.   A one-way system is in place, sanitiser (provided) and face masks are obligatory, NHS Track and Trace information will be collected.  Your safety and the safety of our volunteers is paramount.

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£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.

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:

    • dovxxx
      London, United Kingdom
      Great gallery local artist
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 23rd December 2019
      Interesting gallery and exhibition of local highly reknowned artist Very worthwhile visit and good audio production Read full review
    • Philip R
      Greater London, United Kingdom
      Great place for a lazy Sunday
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 22nd February 2020
      Very small gallery but very interesting, because you are local to where all the paintings were created. The staff are so well informed about Spencer's history and they will guide you to the church... Read full review
    • terryw717
      Bracknell, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Very interesting
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 20th September 2020
      Driving through and wondered what the Blue Plaque and gallery was all about. Went in and learnt a great deal from the chap in charge. £6 entry as non members was fine. No pictures taken out of... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Video

    • Stanley Spencer youtube

    Awards

    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

    Opening Times

    Open New Year
    Summer Exhibition (15 Aug 2020 - 1 Nov 2020)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:30

    * Summer Exhibition: Last entry 17:00.

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