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This exhibition is curated by the Women's Group of the Harbour Project. Over four sessions, participants learnt about Swindon's art collection, and selected works which resonated with them. They each wrote down words and phrases to describe what they enjoyed and felt about their selected artworks. The exhibition title was chosen by a member of the group, and reflects the variety of artworks chosen, and the diverse perspectives offered.


The Harbour Project aids refugees and asylum seekers across Swindon, providing friendship, advice and hope for visitors to our town. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery has been excited to work with a group that has bought different voices and fresh perspectives to Swindon's art collection.

7 artworks
  • Refugee

    Reflections on Refugee:


    An image of loss, sadness and bravery.

    Refugee 1943
    Kathleen Williams (active c.1920–1959)
    Oil on canvas
    H 59.5 x W 49.7 cm
    Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
    Refugee
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

  • Girl with a Fig Leaf

    Reflections on Girl with Fig Leaf:


    I see wonder in her eyes, and I remember my hometown because of the fig leaf.


    Specific Look
    Shyness
    Technique

    Girl with a Fig Leaf 1947
    Lucian Freud (1922–2011)
    Etching on paper
    H 30 x W 24 cm
    Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
    Girl with a Fig Leaf
    © Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

  • Victoria Road, Swindon, Wiltshire

    Reflections on Victoria Road, Swindon:


    This painting makes me feel I want to be transported to the past. I really like the dress and outfits of the people. Also, the use of bright colours on canvas is very professional and attractive.


    Heartwarming
    Realistic
    Nostalgic

    Victoria Road, Swindon, Wiltshire 1950s
    Roy Bizley (1930–1999)
    Oil on canvas
    H 71 x W 91 cm
    Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
    Victoria Road, Swindon, Wiltshire
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

  • Girl Selling Flowers

    Reflections on Girl Selling Flowers:


    Bright
    Powerful
    Bold

    Girl Selling Flowers 1946
    Desmond Morris (b.1928)
    Oil on board
    H 73 x W 88 cm
    Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
    Girl Selling Flowers
    © Desmond Morris. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

  • Central Library, Swindon, Wiltshire

    Reflections on Central Library, Swindon:


    History
    Colours and shadows
    It feels to me that it is a pretty day.

    Central Library, Swindon, Wiltshire c.1960
    Harold Dearden (1888–1962)
    Oil on canvas
    H 44.5 x W 44.5 cm
    Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
    Central Library, Swindon, Wiltshire
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

  • The Italian Garden, the Lawn, Swindon, Wiltshire

    Reflections on The Italian Garden:


    The seasons in England heading for winter.


    Windy
    Sunny
    Strong

    The Italian Garden, the Lawn, Swindon, Wiltshire
    F. W. Salvage (active 1974)
    Oil on canvas
    H 39 x W 48.7 cm
    Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
    The Italian Garden, the Lawn, Swindon, Wiltshire
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

  • Separate Ways

    Reflections on Separate Ways:


    Many people suffer silently in relationships.

    Separate Ways 1991
    Eileen Cooper (b.1953)
    Charcoal on paper
    H 166.2 x W 126.3 cm
    Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
    Separate Ways
    © Eileen Cooper / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery