Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer

Type:Exhibition

Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 9SJ

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Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer.  Image of Hilda Carline.  Copyright: (c) Estate of Hilda Carline

About

Following the Government announcement of a second national lockdown the Gallery will be closed from Monday 2nd Nov and will re-open on Thursday 3rd December


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 Exhibition: Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer (until March 2021)

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.

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.

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

Map & Directions

Video

  • YouTube video

Opening Times

Open New Year
Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer (3 Dec 2020 - 31 Mar 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Sunday11:00 - 16:30

* Last entry 16:00

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