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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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. 

Mind and Mortality: Stanley Spencer’s Final Portraits | 4 November 2021 to 27 March 2022

Stanley Spencer Gallery is delighted to present Mind and Mortality: Stanley Spencer’s Final Portraits. Comprised of 26 works, the exhibition spans fifty years from 1909 until the artist’s death on the eve of the 1960s and reveals not only the importance of portraiture to Spencer’s artistic practice, but also the intimacy and unflinching candour he brought to it.

Mind and Mortality, which includes works in oil, drawings, pen and inks and a single lithograph, is formed of three parts: Self-Portraits, Mind, Body and Spirit, and The People and Portraits of Spencer’s Final Years. The cornerstone of the exhibition is Spencer’s two final self-portraits, made when he was dying of cancer, displayed side by side for the first time. The first is a drawing in red conté which was recently acquired by Stanley Spencer Gallery. The other, on loan from Tate, London, is Spencer’s final self-portrait in oil paint. They were commissioned by a friend of artist, who rejected the drawing, probably because she found its unflinching gaze too uncomfortable.

Read more about Mind and Mortality here.

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.

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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.

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:

    • Fiona B
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Insight into Spencer work and love of Cookham
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 2nd October 2020
      Fab gallery and S lovely insight into Spencer. The guide was lovely to talk to, full of info and clearly loved Spencer work. One way system up to and down from gallery, most people couldn't follow... Read full review
    • gerard g
      Manchester, United Kingdom
      personal life of the artist
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 21st October 2020
      small gallery - catalogue provided at £3. 00. Very informative and well laid out. Social distancing observed and mask provided when my own mask snapped! Read full review
    • Crete202
      Expectations disappointed
      2 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 7th November 2021
      We were misled by the the description of the "gallery" and expected to see more of Spencer's work. A very small number of works hung close to each other. No room to move around or further back. The... Read full review

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    Awards

    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

    Opening Times

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