The Swindon Collection of Modern British Art was established in the 1940s following a gift of paintings and drawings from HJP Bomford, which included two drawings by Henry Moore, paintings by Graham Sutherland and Paul Nash, and an important abstract work by Ben Nicholson. Following this generous gift, Swindon has continued to collect twentieth and twenty first-century artists who have lived and worked in Britain for a substantial part of their career.
The collection reflects every major movement in British art, from St Ives and the Bloomsbury Group, to Pop and Land Art. Artists in the collection include LS Lowry, Gwen John, Leon Kossoff, Vanessa Bell and Lucian Freud.
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery has been a member of the Contemporary Art Society since 1946. Among the more than thirty gifted works are Interior I Richard Hamilton, November (1955) by Roger Hilton and Gillian Ayres’ Florestan (1986).
Swindon holds a significant collection of studio ceramics, which includes work by Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Alison Britton, Edmund de Waal and Grayson Perry.