- Named by ArtFund in 2014 as one of the five most 'umissable' small Art Galleries in the UK. - Awarded a Michelin star in the Great Britain Michelin Green Guide. - Named in the FlipKey.com list of '2014 Top Museums Worth Travelling For'. - Awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 Here you can see Spencer’s acclaimed portraits alongside his breathtaking landscapes, scenes from everyday life, religious subjects and dreamlike visions. Whatever the current exhibition (there are two per year), the visitor can be assured of discovering more about Spencer’s extraordinary artistic skill - the vehicle for communicating his unique and challenging view of human existence. Composition was everything to Spencer, and within composition lay further layers of ‘design’ or 'pattern-making’. Spencer's works are also characterised by the subtle (and sometimes less subtle) changes of shape and visage caused by painting 'not how people or objects exactly looked' but 'how they made him feel'. Many of Spencer's works depict joyous and vivid fusions of the ordinary with the extraordinary and the earthly with the spiritual. Throughout his work the power of love prevails in mystical transformations. Cookham was Spencer's beloved home village, forming the backdrop to so many of his paintings, his heaven on earth, and here in Cookham is the largest collection of Spencer's works on display anywhere in world. The Gallery's own varied and exciting collection is always enhanced by paintings from other major galleries across the UK, depending on the theme of the current exhibition. Visitors are assured of a rare insight into the breadth of Spencer's genius. Take a voyage of discovery within our Gallery, via paintings, video and archives, to learn all you can about Stanley himself: - Supremely talented, with dazzling technical skill - Wonderful imagination, spirited and spiritual - An intriguing mass of contradictions in art and life - Never entirely fathomable We so much look forward to your visit.
From 1st April to 31st October each year: 10.30am to 5.30pm seven days per week. From 1st November to 31st March each year: Thursday to Sunday 11.00 am to 4.30pm.
£5 admission for adults. £4 concessions (including students). Accompanied children under 16 free.
- National Art Pass
Approx 30 miles from London by road. Very accessible, Cookham is approx 15 minutes off M4 (Junction 8/9) or M40 (Either Junction 3, High Wycombe East or Junction 4, High Wycombe) Also less than 1 hour's journey by rail from Paddington to Maidenhead then Cookham.
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Facilities and services
- Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
- Study facilities
- Wheelchair access to all public areas
Extremely helpful catalogues to current exhibition. A video exposition giving further insights. Material for children - worksheets and activity books Accessible and well-ordered archive information Small merchandise area with books, postcards etc Knowledgeable and helpful staff on reception desk (all volunteers)
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- General guide to collections available
- Member of staff available with responsibility for education
- Object identification and/or written enquiry service
- Primary school education service available
- Specialist publications on collections available
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