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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DZ, Wales
+44 1792 516900
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Truly excellent................

This is a wonderful gallery because the building and the exhibitions marry together so well. The... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Arthog, United Kingdom
What a marvellous transformation - we had a great visit and tour

We went yesterday for a guided tour fo the gallery and were fortunate to be taken behind the scenes... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
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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.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good28%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible7%
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Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DZ, Wales
+44 1792 516900
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a wonderful gallery because the building and the exhibitions marry together so well. The display of artefacts, ceramics, and objets d'art from the massive collection of Glynn Vivian himself are brilliantly displayed and cannot fail to impress in their range. It is well...More

Thank lizrowley
Reviewed 16 November 2017

We went yesterday for a guided tour fo the gallery and were fortunate to be taken behind the scenes to see the work of the picture restorer and for a look at the picture storage area. Best of all was the guided tour by Jenni...More

Thank penarthguy
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

After spending millions of pounds on doing up the gallery. We paid our first visit to see what has been done. What a disappointment! The main part of the building had been painted etc and looked really lovely, but there were no paintings hanging there...More

Thank john p
Reviewed 30 October 2017

My occasional visits here have been disappointing, so I was looking forward to re-visiting after the 'multi-million' pound spend. Sure, a new entrance, shop and modern café, but I'm old school. I go to galleries to see art. Paintings. Lots of them. If Swansea has...More

Thank FrankOPinyon
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Went with year 4, a lovely old refurbished building, very relaxed atmosphere, Dan our guide was amazing, his knowledge on the building its contents and the whole history surrounding the family and Swansea itself was astounding. His patience with the class when talking to them...More

Thank Alan P
Reviewed 18 October 2017

A beautiful building which recently underwent a major refurbishment. The modern extension complements the older building, and reflects the varied collection it houses. The Swansea pottery is not to everyone’s taste, but essential to the collections housed here as it is, after all, part of...More

Thank Christina G
Reviewed 14 October 2017

First time here since the refurb. The gallery has a very relaxed atmosphere, almost serene. This is largely one man's personal collection and ongoing legacy which engenders admiration in itself. I would like to see more art, I do know there are pieces in storage...More

Thank Swan2555
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Nice building with mix of old and new. Good art exhibits in a nice setting. Free entry. Café does good coffee. Well worth a visit

1  Thank WillStaffordshire
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Visited the newly renavated Glyn Vivian Gallery was not disappointed Enjoyed viewing the History of the Gallery along with all the art work and Pottery on display Every Item was explained and displayed In Welsh and English Went on to enjoy a cuppa and cake...More

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The current touring exhibition is really stimulating and thought provoking. The Joseff Herman room is really worth a visit and finding out more about Glynn Vivian and his life was fascinating - thanks to him this gallery exists.

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David L
20 February 2017|
Response from laurasims2017 | Property representative |
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