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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

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Address: Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DZ, Wales
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+44 1792 516900
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery reopened in October 2016, following its major...

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery reopened in October 2016, following its major redevelopment generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, CADW, HLF and Swansea Council.

The project has transformed the Gallery’s original 1911 Grade II* listed building while conserving and celebrating its original character, providing a welcoming, new and refreshed 21st century visitor experience.

Following the redevelopment, with additional resources, the Glynn Vivian is aiming to become a centre of excellence for the visual arts a world class gallery for Wales.

The Gallery is a vibrant and inspiring free art space for everyone and provides spaces for historical, modern and contemporary art exhibitions, talks, lectures and conferences, live music, performance events and a comfortable and bright café and craft shop area in the heart of Swansea’s bustling artistic quarter.

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Saturday Afternoon at Glynn Vivian

We were in between exhibitions so the main works we saw were the impressionist collection and works by David Jones, Glenys Cour and Josef Herman. Picasso L'Atelier from 1955 was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rhys J
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Cannot quite see where millions has been spent. Glad original features have been retained, perhaps structure needed most of the budget. Lovely bright and welcoming entrance with cafe. Each to his own, but the temporary installations were not my cup of tea however insightful the artist makes them. The exhibition on sleep was ok but the pile of A4 sheets... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were in between exhibitions so the main works we saw were the impressionist collection and works by David Jones, Glenys Cour and Josef Herman. Picasso L'Atelier from 1955 was great to see as was Josef Herman's mural 'Miners' painted for the 1951 Festival of Britain. We sampled food in the new cafe and browsed the new bookshop. There is... More 

Thank Rhys J
Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Visited Saturday 1st April to see the exhibition “The Moon and a Smile”, fascinating 19th century photographs by the Dillwyn family who were early pioneers in photography. I was particularly impressed by a photograph of a heron – how did they manage to get that with their ancient equipment? Then I read that the bird was stuffed – Doh! Plenty... More 

Thank Michael_SF6310RH
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We spent a lovely afternoon taking our time meandering around the revamped gallery. The building is very beautiful and it has been restored to its former glory. On this visit the beautiful roof was obscured by an upside down ship sculpture, which was not to my taste - but that is art. I felt the space could have been used... More 

Thank Thiscaseisheavy
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

The staff at the gallery have achieved the seemingly impossible feat of having considerably less content in the gallery than before the new extension was built. Floor zero is turned over to the very poor but expensive cafe experience; the beautiful heart of the building on the first floor now appears to be exclusively occupied by a giant grey slug... More 

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Swansea Bay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

What an amazing place. A great permant collection. I visited during the Leonardo DaVinci exhibition. Loved some of the other pieces too. Some work won't be to everyone's tastes, but I've never been to a gallery and liked everything there. And it's great because it's free entry, I've been to many galleries and museums where I've paid to see less... More 

Thank missmoyle
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Lovely building, lovely space, some nice exhibits (Leonardo drawings most impressive), but we came here to see the Augustus John/Dylan Thomas work only to be told that it is all in storage! Most disappointing as this is one of the highlights marked out on the Dylan Thomas guide to Swansea which we picked up at the Visitor Centre. What a... More 

Thank Monty_Verdi
Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

The gallery has been closed for a couple of years and cost a lot of money to upgrade but what have they done. The only new part was the section with the cafe and a couple of closed rooms, the existing building was as I remember it with no additional exhibits, the exception were a few on lone sketches by... More 

Thank clive h
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Hi Clive, thanks for your comments. The Gallery's multi million pound redevelopment and restoration project was funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Swansea Council, the Welsh Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund. There two new Gallery spaces added - Room 8 and 9 (Leonardo Da Vinci room and the Twentieth Century Artist Series room) which you visited but have... More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

Well worth a visit to see the brilliant Leonardo di Vinci sketches and the cafe is first class. Apart from that the rest of the museum has changed little since the refurb - excellent for local pottery if you like that sort of thing but very few paintings on show (not really an art gallery??). Trying to be a bit... More 

Thank JeffandLes
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

I had looked forward to my first visit to the Glynn Vivian gallery, especially as I had heard about their major refurbishment. The display about Glynn Vivian himself was most informative and his collections of porcelain and painted fans are impressive but I was hoping to see more of his collection of art. Where are the paintings by Monet, Gainsborough,... More 

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