We have a small, but perfectly formed gallery at the museum, which enables us to have changing exhibitions throughout the year. We put on exhibitions ourselves, but the gallery is also available for hire for external exhibitions of art, photography, or anything else that may interest our visitors (see lower down the page). 
Current Exhibition
Unfrequented Paths
1st to 15th June 2019
Now closed

This was the first of a new, annual open exhibition to be held
with a different theme each year. This year's theme was
'Unfrequented Paths' which took inspiration from
Richard Jefferies and the sense of his place. The artists
selected responded with inspirational ideas relating
to elements such as discovery, voyage, nature. 

This year’s guest curator was Mervyn Grist, who wrote the following introduction:

"With our growing concern for the environment and the impact of climate change on the planet, many are turning back to reconsider the work of earlier “visionaries” such as Richard Jefferies. As both writer and social historian, Jefferies well understood the complexities of our co-existence with nature.
His importance has long been undervalued and neglected and as such much of his writing could be considered “unfrequented paths”.
In his observations on the natural world around him Jefferies was both realist and idealist. Hopefully the work I have selected for this exhibition reflects these contradictions, in both imagery and execution."  


Deborah Battaglia
Bluebell Woods
Linocut and monoprint. Original print. 330mm x 430mm

Sue Bardwell
The Locarno
Collage. 510mm by 410mm

Anne Billingham
Silver Birch
Fabric collage. 280mm x 360mm

Richard Draper
Palimpsest #0753
Framed photograph. 580mm x 450mm

Lucy Furlong
After London II (Richard Jefferies on Tolworth Court Farm)
Digital print on birch wood. 300mm diameter

Jessica Goddard
To Seek the Viper
Framed drawing. 400mm x 350mm

Ian Hamson
Ebb and Flow
Wood and acrylic. 200mm x 200mm (base)

Declan Kelly
Mound Fuji: Portrait of the viewer as Muhammad’s mountain depicted as a journey between points of view
An installation response. A heap of soil in a wheelbarrow.

Mary Parsons
Richard Jefferies’ unfrequented path
Painting. 700mm x 500mm

Phyllida Richards
View from Round Hill. The slopes of Bredon Hill, Worcestershire
Wet process enamel, and steel. 130mm x 130mm

Julie Smith
Fragments in an envelope, (the sisters)
Drawing. Pencil on somerset paper. 232mm x 178mm (unframed) 

Nic Waulker
Bronze, copper and brass. Words adapted from Richard Jefferies and Nic Waulker. Miniatures from the paintings of Archibald Thorburn. 420mm x 300mm

Joe Woodland
Framed lino print. 440mm x 380mm

Joseph Wright
Floods #04
Framed limited edition c-type photograph. 500mm x 400mm

Contact details:
Richard Jefferies Museum
Marlborough Road, Coate
Swindon SN3 6AA
Tel: 07768 917466
Hiring the gallery
Gallery Information
Our one-room gallery space is perfect for individual or small group exhibitions - suitable for traditionalists and quirky artists alike. Ideally, work should relate to nature/ecology, literature or history, in keeping with the ethos of Richard Jefferies. However, we are happy to consider any thoughts you might have for exhibitions, including ideas for "art trails" combining our museum exhibits with your art works. We are also happy to discuss the accommodation of mixed media/audio visual work and the staging of workshops, performances or arts events in the grounds of the museum.

Viewing the gallery
Before booking an exhibition, you should visit the gallery in order to properly appreciate the setting and to discuss any requirements and ideas you may have. The museum is free to enter, and the gallery is upstairs on the first floor. Unfortunately, we do not have facilities for disabled access to the gallery.
Please contact us to arrange a visit, we will be pleased to meet you!

Booking and Prices
Our gallery is available to hire for 4 weeks for a fee of £150 (different time scales by arrangement). We ask for payment in full at time of booking.

Contact details:
Richard Jefferies Museum
Marlborough Road, Coate
Swindon SN3 6AA
Tel: 07768 917466

The small print...

As this is a busy space with public access we also require a risk assessment, proof of PPL and all relevant insurances at time of booking. As curator of your exhibition, you will be responsible for the work and for ensuring any collaborators are covered by your insurance or have their own. 

We will promote your exhibition on our webiste and social media platforms, and you will be responsible for any other advertising. We ask you to use our templates and logo if you wish to produce your own flyers.

Stewards and Opening Times
The times which the gallery is open are limited to when we have activity going on, or our normal opening times beacuse of the limitations of our volunteer time, but this can be increased by you stewarding the exhibition yourself, or arranging for other people to 'man' the exhibition.

Private Views/ Previews
If you require a PV our café can be made available between 7–9pm on Fridays or Saturdays with tea, coffee and cakes to buy at very reasonable cost. Volunteers will be available to open the museum, set up the café if required, and close the museum at the end of the evening. We will need to charge a small fee for staffing of this, but this can be negotiated between you and ourselves.

Dimensions (download large version of image on left)
All gallery display walls are 2 metres high from floor to picture rail.
Gallery wall space suitable for display, approx: 2 x 12 metres, (6 ft x 40 ft).
A detailed plan of the gallery space is available to download (see on left).

Hanging system
As the building is old and a listed building we do have some guidelines which you must follow: no blue/white tack, screws/nails or sticky labels. Please use the picture hooks (provided). Framed work should have d-rings and cord, and we are happy to discuss the hanging of unframed 2D work. There is limited parking at the museum which will be made available to you when you come to hang the work. Volunteers will be available to open/close the gallery and answer any questions. If you require assistance with hanging please discuss this with us.