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Stanley Spencer Gallery

High Street, Cookham SL6 9SJ, England
+44 1628 471885
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All about Stanley

The current exhibition about his patrons is most interesting with a good catalogue. Have a walk... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Alan S
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
A little gem

If you don't know much about Sir Stanley Spencer this would be good place to start; a tiny... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Barbara B
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Chelmsford, 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 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lived in Cookham for 17 years and although I was aware of Stanley Spencer (he was a friend of my grandmother), I never visited the gallery of his work. His style is hard to pin down, but he was very talented and his work is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked from Maidenhead to Cookham specifically to find this little gallery in an old Methodist Church where a small selection of Stanley Spencer's wonderful paintings can be found. Then went on to the little church where one of his most famous paintings is supposed...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a charming volunteer run gallery dedicated to the wonderful local artist. The gallery sits so well in the village and knowing that the works were all based on what is just outside or portraits of local people added a special extra dimension. It...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

The gallery is tiny and you can basically see most of the exhibition as you step in. £6 is too expensive- £12 for a couple and it took us less then 10 mins to look around reading everything. Felt ripped off £3 would be more...More

Thank F V
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Shelagh C, Trustee at Stanley Spencer Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Dear FV I'm so sad to hear your account, but you do provide me the opportunity to assure you on a number of points. Every year it is a real challenge to break even financially. We have no permanent grant funding and operate solely on...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

So interesting to learn so much about this iconic C20th artist. Focussed on an entirely fresh WW perspective Really uplifting

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Reviewed 1 May 2018

The gallery manages to pack in a great deal of Spencer into a relatively small but charming space. For me, perhaps, it is just a bit too small and I was left feeling that I would have liked to see more canvases. Even so, what...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018

We drove to Cookham especially to see small but brilliant exhibition....perfect sunny day so we wandered through the village too.

Thank Tina V
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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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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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