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This exhibition explores the art and culture of 1960s Britain through some of the most significant paintings and drawings from the Swindon Collection. It features work by Richard Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Michael Craig-Martin and Mary Fedden.

The 1960s was an exciting time in British art. Against a backdrop of growing wealth, pop culture and personal freedom, a new generation of postwar artists were attending London’s art schools, surrounded by an unrivalled cultural scene. British art was infused with the challenges and opportunities found in 1960s Britain, including the tension between personal expression and social responsibility.
19 artworks
The Family
© DACS 2020. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Family 1961

Charles Blackman (b.1928)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Pastoral
© Tate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Pastoral 1965

Cecil Collins (1908–1989)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Box That Never Closes
© Michael Craig-Martin. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Box That Never Closes 1967

Michael Craig-Martin (b.1941)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Thames
© the estate of Mary Fedden / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Thames 1962

Mary Fedden (1915–2012)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Silage Heap near Drumburgh, Cumbria, II
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Silage Heap near Drumburgh, Cumbria, II 1964

Sheila Mary Fell (1931–1979)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Grey, Red and Black Verticals
© estate of Terry Frost. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Grey, Red and Black Verticals 1962

Terry Frost (1915–2003)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

November
© estate of Roger Hilton. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

November 1955

Roger Hilton (1911–1975)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Gramophone
© Estate of Howard Hodgkin. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Gramophone 1964–1966

Howard Hodgkin (1932–2017)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Painting
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Painting 1961

Charles Houghton Howard (1899–1978)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Action Painting
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Action Painting 1958

George Melhuish (1916–1985)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Vortex
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Vortex 1968

George Melhuish (1916–1985)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Mysterious Gift
© Desmond Morris. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Mysterious Gift 1965

Desmond Morris (b.1928)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Play: Here We Exemplify (Fugato) the Additive Perseverative and Subtractive Modes, Thesis as Object and Artwork as Residue of Process
© Tom Phillips. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Night Sky
© the artist's estate/courtesy Flowers Gallery, London. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Night Sky 1957

Jack Smith (1928–2011)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Once
© the artist's estate/courtesy Flowers Gallery, London and New York. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Once 1962

Richard Smith (1931–2016)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Elektra
© estate of George Warner Allen. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Elektra 1969

George Warner Allen (1916–1988)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Landscape
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Landscape 1956

Denis Wirth-Miller (1915–2010)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Winged Idol
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Winged Idol 1963

Roger Leigh (1925–1997)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Sibyl
© Tate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Sibyl 1964

Cecil Collins (1908–1989)

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery