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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

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Address: Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DZ, Wales
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Leonardo exhibition brilliant and all free

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 November 2016
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Swansea Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank clive h
Management response:

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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Dulverton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Never heard of Richard Glynn Vivian (1835-1910)? If you're heading to Swansea in Wales, don't miss this spacious gallery. It displays Vivian's enormous and disparate collection of art objects. Like the Wallace Collection in London, this is a highly personal and therefore personally revealing show of acquistions. It includes works by old masters as well as an international collection of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Went to the Glynn Vivian just to see what it was like after the reopening. Some nice pieces of art I. There but not as much as I had hoped for- the space it occupies seems empty when you look and see just 3 or 4 items in a larger room. Spent about 1/2 hour there and that was all.... More 

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Thank Carol J
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Hi Carol. We have just opened a new exhibition in our contemporary Gallery space 'Glenys Cour: The Colour of Saying' which has over 100 paintings, collages, stained glass and sculptures on display. We change our exhibition displays every few months so that visitors will always find something new to enjoy. We also have a full programme of free activities for... More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery was re-opened last Saturday 15th October after a multi-million pound refurbishment (which seemed to take forever). We had been away so our first opportunity to visit was yesterday, 20th October. We were really impressed and it was very busy. The main current exhibition is based on the travels of Glynn Vivian who amassed an enormous... More 

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Neath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great space for art to be displayed. Good big windows to allow lots of light. Not sure if there are a few teething problems. lack of signage for the exhibitions and simple stuff like stickers on doors saying 'PULL" Felt like it needed a bit more art in sculptures and paintings and hopefully in the future there will be more... More 

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Pontneddfechan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Attended the newly re-opened Glynn Vivian Art Gallery today. The building is very impressive and such a good space for displaying Art. A great central stairwell and plenty of individual side rooms. Covering 4 floors with lifts and modern facilities. The cafe and shop are both next to the entrance. The art collection is varied and interesting, something for everyone... More 

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