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
Swindon Open Studios - John Webb
The exhibition covers two weekends, Saturdays and Sundays 21-22 and 28-29 September, from 11.00am to 5.00pm.

John Webb is exhibiting in the gallery as our hosted Swindon Open Studios Artist this year.

John produces fine art paintings and is showing giclée prints of his works over the years, which will be available to purchase.

Some scenes of Swindon’s Railway Workshops are included, mostly executed onsite as an art student in 1962, when John’s ability was already well-developed. John had felt that a historical record must be preserved in art of the Works in operation, in view of their decline.

More recently John has painted views of Richard Jefferies’ house and the surrounding countryside, which are displayed in pride of place in this exhibition. Two earlier paintings which are fairly local to the house are included on this gallery page.

John’s fine art education comprised both Swindon Art School and Birmingham School of Arts & Crafts. After some years in teaching, ceramics and retail, John returned to his love of painting. He works in watercolour, oils and pen & ink, with his output stretching from landscapes and seascapes to wildlife, churches and of course railways.

There will also be lots of John’s inexpensive greetings cards available, plus smaller prints. John can supply prints of any size and is available for commissions.

For further information on Swindon Open Studios 2019: 

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.