Swansea Stories

27 Sep 2019 – 15 Mar 2020

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Swansea, United Kingdom


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From Monet to Maradona

To celebrate Swansea's 50th anniversary as a city, Glynn Vivian presents Swansea Stories in which we are showing the largest selection of our permanent collection ever displayed.


The Gallery's collection includes works from the 18th century to modern times and it presents an eclectic and unique portrait of the city: the changing landscape that has inspired artists for centuries, from the steep hills of the city centre to the surrounding landscapes of Townhill, Mayhill, Mumbles and Dunvant, to our beautiful coastline.

The exhibition is loosely themed into two main sections, Swansea People and Places. Swansea People and Placesincludes portraits of the rich and famous such as opera singer Adelina Patti, the poet Vernon Watkins, and past Lord Mayors; to its workers such as miners, cockle pickers and dockworkers - and even our very own beloved dog, Swansea Jack. Swansea's streets, its beautiful coastline and its industry will also feature, from agricultural landscapes to the bombing of the city centre; so much of Swansea is captured here.

The other part of our exhibition, Swansea Favourites, is a collection of works which people ask to see most often either through conversations with our front of house team or through audience surveys and via the website. In this section we celebrate some of our most famous works by internationally renowned artists such as Gwen John and French Impressionists Claude Monet and Lucien Pissarro; and a papier-mâché portrait made by over 100 children from Penlan School in the 1980s.

Exhibiting artists


Terry Setch

Craig Wood

Patrick Heron

Ivon Hitchens

Shani Rhys James

Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth

Claude Monet

Claude Monet

Dorothy Hepworth

Richard Monahan

Ceri Richards

Peter Finnemore

Frank Brangwynn

Josef Herman

Glenys Cour

Paul Nash

Richard Billingham

David Garner

Rut Blees Luxemburg

Raoul Dufy

Ernest Zobole

Anna Fox

Stanley Spencer

Mark Gertler

Augustus John

Karel Appel

John Constable

Dame Elisabeth Frink

Gwen John

Timothy Davies

Anthony Shapland


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