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). 
Annual Open Exhibition
Unfrequented Paths 2020: Aspect of Habitation
Annual Open Exhibition
6th to 20th June 2020

Call for Entries: Open Exhibition 2D/3D Artwork
In this, the second of our annual open 'Unfrequented Paths' art exhibitions, we take inspiration from Richard Jefferies and a sense of his place for our theme. This year the theme is ‘Aspect of Habitation’, which we hope will nurture inspirational ideas relating to elements such as structures, relationships, resilience, ideas, and to wider issues such as ecology: the science that studies living things (including humans), plus their environment and their interactions. The word ecology comes from the Greek oikos = house, and logos = study.  

This year’s guest curator will be Verity Sharp. Verity produced and anchored Pebble Mill’s Music Machine programme before going on to front BBC2’s Culture Show. She’s a familiar face of the Proms and one of the founding voices of Radio 3's Late Junction. She has also recorded TV documentaries and is the voice you might recognise in the audio guides for the British Museum and Tate Modern. When not leafing through a hefty music collection, Verity finds nourishment in the naked landscapes and ancient monuments of Wiltshire. In 2012, she completed her RHS Diploma in Horticulture, and her interest in botany and horticulture means she spends lots of time making a haven for wildlife in her very own garden, featured recently on Radio 4's Costing the Earth.

The exhibition will be in the Victorian farmhouse where Richard Jefferies grew up.  It will feature up to thirty 2D pieces of work in the museum’s gallery and ten 3D pieces of work inside or in the gardens. Work for the gardens will need to be mobile to enable it to be brought in during when the venue is closed.

Terms and Conditions of Entry:
  • Open to artists of any media;
  • Entries must show a connection to the theme, and be the artist’s own, original artwork, produced within the last three years;
  • Entry is £10 per work, with a maximum of 3 entries;
  • All selected works will appear in a printed catalogue;
  • All work will need to be insured by individual artists;
  • 2D artwork must be easy to hang, with D-rings one third from the top of the frame. Maximum size 80cm x 65cm approx.. The walls of our gallery are fragile, so please consider weight;
  • 3D artwork must be easy to move and will be selected on appropriateness for the gallery or garden. Bear in mind security/visitor safety etc.. Consideration of how work should be shown to be included within application, whether inside or outside;
  • Deadline for submissions: Friday 24th April;
  • If selected you will be notified by 8th May. Your work must then be delivered to the museum on either Thursday 28th, Saturday 30th or Sunday 31st May, or by arrangement;
  • Exhibition will open with a preview event at 1pm on Saturday 6th June, and will run until 4pm on Saturday 20th June. Exhibition will be open from 10am to 4pm every day except Fridays;
  • Artists must arrange to have their work picked up between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 21st, Tuesday 23rd, Thursday 25th, or Sunday 28th June.

N.B. Submission of an entry constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.
Please email us including a clear photo of your work, your name, an artist’s statement of approximately 100 words, and dimensions of the artwork. These details will be used in the catalogue, if your work is selected, and we will send you details of how you make payment.
If you need any help, please contact us:

Richard Jefferies Museum
Marlborough Road
Coate Water
Swindon, SN3 6AA
Telephone: 07768 917466

Images from last year's exhibition:

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.