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Make unveils plans for £22m Swindon art gallery


Make has released its plans for an iconic new museum and art gallery in Swindon town centre

The £22 million building, designed alongside Arup, Steensen Varming and Alinea, features flexible arts spaces for displaying the town’s nationally significant collection of British 20th Century modern art, which includes works by Lucian Freud, Henry Moore, L S Lowry and Graham Sutherland.

Alongside the exhibition galleries the project includes learning centres, event spaces, café and dining areas, a viewing gallery and improvements to the surrounding public realm.

The scheme will form the centrepiece of Swindon’s new cultural quarter and Make’s proposals have been drawn up to support a £10 million Heritage Lottery Fund bid to support the project.

Make founder Ken Shuttleworth, said: ‘Our team is extremely excited by the immense potential of the site.

‘We believe the development of the space is a fantastic opportunity to create a beautiful cultural destination in the heart of Swindon that safeguards, enhances and celebrates the area’s collections, and creates new and engaging public realm that draws and excites visitors.

‘We envisage a world-class building that will become an artefact in itself, an object that symbolises Swindon’s past, present and future.’

Swindon Art Gallery and Museum by Make

Swindon Art Gallery and Museum by Make


Readers' comments (3)

  • MacKenzie Architects

    I think Make's buildings would be more clear if they either made them ducks, or decorated sheds ... but not both. see Robert Venturi.
    I think they start off as decorated sheds -which would be better in my opinion- and then too many cooks turn them into hybrid ducks.

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  • At least with Make you can identify the 'inspiration' from the Money shot.

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  • This seems a little redundant before built, Swindon is blessed with many disused railway sheds and Foster's Renault centre which is also vacant and would be better converted to gallery use than this white elephant

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