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Stanley Spencer Gallery

High Street, Cookham SL6 9SJ, England
+44 1628 471885
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This is small gallery with an insightful display of Stanley Spencer works. Quite expensive for such... read more

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frankie390
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Arriving in Cookham we had high expectations given the location and picturesque river views down... read more

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Egham, United Kingdom
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The Stanley Spencer Gallery is a very special place for all generations of the family to enjoy. Devoted to the work of one of Britain's greatest twentieth century painters, Sir Stanley Spencer, the Gallery was named by ArtFund last year (2014) as being one the UK's five most 'unmissable' small Art Galleries. It has also been awarded a coveted Michelin Green Star, and has recently (2015) gained a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Spencer was born in 1891 in the family home in Cookham High Street. Whatever the current exhibition (there are two per year), the visitor can be assured of discovering poignant images of Cookham and people in Spencer's life from before the beginning of the First World War until ten years after the end of the Second World War. Many of Spencer's works depict joyous and vivid fusions of the ordinary with the extraordinary and the earthly with the spiritual. Those of his paintings that are set in his beloved Cookham speak to us of the village, the river and the surrounding hills, commons and meadowland from a less materialistic age than ours, yet with a timeless quality, often touched by the trauma of his wartime experiences. The Gallery provides the largest collection of Sir Stanley Spencer's works on display anywhere in the world. Others of his paintings are in Tate Britain and major regional institutions, as well as with private collectors. The current exhibition, The Creative Genius of Stanley Spencer, includes wonderful works on loan from both Aberdeen and Leeds Art City Galleries, adding to a number of hauntingly memorable works selected from the Gallery's own major collection. The exhibition explores the extraordinary diversity of Spencer's output and the breadth of his creative genius, with particular emphasis on passionate spiritual works, intricate representations of the natural world and deeply moving emotional scenes reflecting the artists personal joys and anguish. This is an exhibition to enthral everyone, from Spencer cognoscenti to those, unaware of the extraordinary world of the artist, entering the Stanley Spencer Gallery for the very first time.
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High Street, Cookham SL6 9SJ, England
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Reviewed yesterday

This is small gallery with an insightful display of Stanley Spencer works. Quite expensive for such a limited display

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Arriving in Cookham we had high expectations given the location and picturesque river views down the road. The lack of parking should have been the first warning but we managed to squeeze in opposite and vowed to move the car should we need more than...More

Thank TytoAlba46
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I parked someway from the Gallery having never visited Cookham before. The Gallery is on the corner of High Street. There was no toilet or airconditioning as far as I could tell. It is a smalll gallery and the till was playing up when I...More

Thank Graeme C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to learn more about Stanley and to see some of his incredible art works. I would recommend the audio guide. Expect to stay there at least 45 mins .

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the gallery to see the Owning Spencer's exhibition. Some nice pieces on show, though there are many more in storage, we were told. A return visit will be required for another hanging. Just wish the gallery had more of his pictures on display, but...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Small, but charming gallery dedicated to the work of Stanley Spencer. It has a rotating selection from an extensive permanent collection along with temporary exhibitions of his work. It has a good selection of books, catalogues, postcards etc available for sale. A friendly atmosphere, with...More

Thank TerraIncognito
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

A small gallery with a good selection of Spencer's work , including his last, unfinished piece. There are approximately 36 pieces there and the cost of entry is 4.00 GBP. There is an audio guide available and a computer program showing his wok.

Thank Reynard999
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Reviewed 21 June 2018

The current exhibition about his patrons is most interesting with a good catalogue. Have a walk round the town as well

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

If you don't know much about Sir Stanley Spencer this would be good place to start; a tiny converted chapel dedicated to Spencer's work where you can see some of his paintings, read about his life and appreciate his talent.

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Reviewed 14 June 2018

A small gallery but a very important and the largest collection of works by the artist Sir Stanley Spencer. It is worth arranging a guided visit (for an additional fee )if you want to get an insight into his life and work. Parking available nearby...More

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MacGregorNewman
10 January 2015|
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Response from Elcadobes | Property representative |
I do hope you enjoy your visit to Cookham, it is a very special village. The Gallery will be open on the Sunday 1 March for you. You can also see more about Cookham on the Cookham village website.
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Julia R
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google Spencer Cookham for website OPENING TIMES SUMMER: 1 April 2015 - 1 November 2015 EVERY DAY 10.30 am - 5.30 pm WINTER: 6 November 2014 - 29 March 2015 Thursday to Sunday only 11.00 am - 4.30 pm
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Response from mahonia2013 | Reviewed this property |
Winter (6 Nov 2014 - 29 March 2015) open Thursday to Sunday only, 11am to 4.30pm Summer (1 April 2015 - 1 Nov 2015) open every day, 10.30am to 5.30pm. Current exhibition is "Paradise Regained: Spencer in the Aftermath of... More
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