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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DZ, Wales
+44 1792 516900
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Wonderful Exhibits

The Glynn Vivian currently has some excellent exhibitions on show, including an inspiring one by... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Alexander J
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Bath, United Kingdom
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A bit of Local history

Went to the gallery on Saturday whilst visiting family. Very interesting, as they had a good... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MargRich18
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average27%
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Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DZ, Wales
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Glynn Vivian currently has some excellent exhibitions on show, including an inspiring one by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. A great place in Swansea to spend an hour.

Thank Alexander J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the gallery on Saturday whilst visiting family. Very interesting, as they had a good selection of paintings, we wanted to see the Picasso and the Swansea pottery. Very easy to navigate and well labelled. It was lovely to see a group of children...More

Thank MargRich18
Reviewed 21 May 2017 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...More

Thank heidi m
Reviewed 1 May 2017 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...More

Thank Rhys J
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...More

Thank Michael_SF6310RH
Reviewed 26 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...More

Thank Thiscaseisheavy
Reviewed 26 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...More

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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...More

Thank missmoyle
Reviewed 6 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...More

Thank Monty_Verdi
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...More

Thank clive h
Management response:Responded 12 December 2016

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...More

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David L
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Dear Mr Logan, The Gallery does not offer evaluations but if you could send us an email, we can provide you with a short information sheet of art dealer contacts who may be able to help you. Please email... More
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