Most Loved Works in the Stanley Spencer Gallery

Type:Exhibition

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

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The Last Supper, 1920

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The Stanley Spencer Gallery’s winter exhibition will reveal the Gallery volunteers’ most loved works and why they mean so much in the community. The exhibition will be a rare opportunity to see all the Gallery’s best-loved works on display at once.

The Stanley Spencer Gallery is closely connected with Spencer’s beloved home village of Cookham. Situated in a former Wesleyan chapel in which Spencer worshipped as a child, the collection contains many drawings and paintings set in the village, as well as those reflecting his engagement with the wider twentieth-century world. The Gallery is also unusual in being staffed entirely by volunteers, many of whom, like Spencer, are Cookham residents. For this exhibition, our volunteers have chosen their favourite works and shared their personal responses to them.

Comprised of 30 works, the exhibition includes oil paintings, drawings and sketches. It is divided into five thematic sections: Cookham — my Paradise; Religious Visionary; Women and Love; Portraits; and Drawing and Sketching. The exhibition will make the most of its unique location in the heart of Spencer’s ‘village in Heaven’. Cookham was the subject of and inspiration for many of Spencer’s paintings. Some of these were landscape paintings taken directly from nature, while others situated familiar Bible stories in recognisable Cookham locations. Spencer is also well known for his imaginative figure compositions, based on memories from his youth, which are often overlaid with a spiritual meaning.

On display for the first time in four years will be Spencer’s great religious painting, The Last Supper, in which Christ shares his final meal with his disciples in the loft of the Cookham malthouses. Spencer painted it while staying at Cornerways, the home of Sir Henry and Margaret Slesser in Bourne End, just across the river from Cookham. Also in the exhibition will be Sunbathers at Odney and Girls Returning from a Bathe, two paintings from Spencer’s ‘Wedding at Cana’ series, in which he reimagined the Biblical events taking place in and around Cookham.

Also included will be Spencer’s charming pen and ink drawing of young Roy Lacey leaning on a pew in Holy Trinity church. Spencer was around sixteen himself when he made the drawing and already showing great promise Many of the paintings and drawings in the exhibition are set are just a stone’s throw from the Gallery. Visitors will be able to enjoy Spencer’s paintings of The View from Cookham Bridge and The Angel, Cookham Churchyard, then take a short stroll to compare them with the real locations.

Curator Amy Lim says, ‘Stanley Spencer loved Cookham so much that he called it ‘a village in Heaven’. Perhaps that love is why so many of his works continue to elicit a strong personal response today, and I am delighted that our volunteers are able to share their enthusiasm for his works in this exhibition. Most Loved Works in the Stanley Spencer Gallery is a rare opportunity to see all the Gallery’s best-loved works on display at once, in the village that inspired them.’

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£6.00 per ticket
18-25 years old (from 1 Jan 2023)£3.50 per ticket
Art Fund members (from 1 Jan 2023)£3.50 per person per day
ArtFund members£3.00 per ticket
Carers, under 16 (with adult)Free
Museums Association (from 1 Jan 2023)£3.50 per ticket
Over 60, students£4.50 per ticket
RBWM Advantage Card (from 1 Jan 2023)£3.50 per ticket
Standard entry over 25 (from 1 Jan 2023)£7.00 per ticket
Under 18s with accompanying adult (from 1 Jan 2023Free

Free entry for Friends of the Gallery (with card) and accompanying carers

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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Opening Times

Most Loved Works in the Stanley Spencer Gallery (10 Nov 2022 - 26 Mar 2023)
DayTimes
Thursday11:00 - 16:30
Friday - SundayOpen

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Stanley Spencer Gallery. © The Estate of  Spencer.  All Rights Reserved, 2015 / Bridgeman Art LibraryStanley Spencer Gallery, Windsor and MaidenheadThe 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.

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