Stanley Spencer Gallery

Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham: Hours, Address, Stanley Spencer Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

Stanley Spencer Gallery
4.5
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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. It has also been awarded a coveted Michelin Green Star, and has recently 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. Many of Spencer's works depict joyous and vivid fusions of the ordinary with the extraordinary and the earthly with the spiritual, often touched by the trauma of his wartime experiences.
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Zoe Landwehr
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Mar 2022
Amazing small gallery, the curation was fantastic and overall a lot of thought and care has been put into every aspect of the space. Spencer's works are impressive to see in person, the size of some of the paintings are incredible and Cookham is such a nice place to visit. It was so lovely to see the paintings made about Cookham and for them to be situated in Cookham as well. A fantastic visit and overall great experience!
Written 28 March 2022
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EllaB
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Mar 2022
A real revelation - beautifully presented small gallery with fascinating paintings, and particularly interesting to see it in Cookham where lots of Spencer's paintings are based. Even better if you take the tour around Cookham which puts the paintings into their context.
Written 17 March 2022
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Sarah
Oxford, UK6 contributions
Mar 2022
The Stanley Spencer Gallery is a small space and has changing exhibitions. Stanley Spencer has some fascinating artwork and it was wonderful to see his brushstrokes up close. But the gallery alone would have felt insufficient if we hadn't gone on a lovely 1,5 hour tour around Cookham with Keith (apologies if I got the name wrong). The tour shed light on Stanley's inner world, personality, and his inspiration.
Written 12 March 2022
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Akai
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Solo
This gallery is small, but the view experience is really quite. It probably only takes a few minutes to finish the tour. It would be worthwhile. You can learn the art It would be nice to take a good at the museum
Written 11 March 2022
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Just Molly
3 contributions
Nov 2021
We were misled by the the description of the "gallery" and expected to see more of Spencer's work. A very small number of works hung close to each other. No room to move around or further back. The gallery is a little bigger than a caravan and an outrage to charge £6 and £3 for the catalogue that contains what is on the labels you can read on the wall. We of course enjoyed seeing Stanley's four portraits of himself and another four or so of his friends. It was a long trip for us and not worth the trouble. Cookham is pretty but restaurants and pubs are as expensive as those in expensive areas of London. Go to see it, if you live nearby but not worthy of a long journey.
Written 7 November 2021
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We are sorry that you did not enjoy your visit. The Gallery opened in the converted Wesleyan Chapel in 1962 - so for nearly 60 years visitors have enjoyed this small, atmospheric space. It was much refurbished in 2010. We survive on the entry fee paid by our visitors, sales from our small shop, the occasional grant and the sheer hard work of our volunteers. The current exhibition reunites two of his last self-portraits for the first time since their creation in 1959 - the year of his death. Shown with his very earliest known self-portrait they make an important statement about his progression as an artist and a man. Also shown are other fine portraits he painted on commission. We change exhibitions every six months - so hope perhaps on your next trip to the area you will return to enjoy a further selection of his works.
Written 15 November 2021
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gerard g
Manchester, UK21 contributions
Oct 2020
small gallery - catalogue provided at £3. 00. Very informative and well laid out. Social distancing observed and mask provided when my own mask snapped!
Written 21 October 2020
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The Bevins
25 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Fab gallery and S lovely insight into Spencer. The guide was lovely to talk to, full of info and clearly loved Spencer work.
One way system up to and down from gallery, most people couldn't follow this, but we did!
Thank you x
Written 2 October 2020
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Terry W
Bracknell, UK1,350 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Driving through and wondered what the Blue Plaque and gallery was all about.
Went in and learnt a great deal from the chap in charge.
£6 entry as non members was fine.
No pictures taken out of respect.
Good to learn about the history.
Written 20 September 2020
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Philip R
Greater London, UK28 contributions
Jan 2020
Very small gallery but very interesting, because you are local to where all the paintings were created. The staff are so well informed about Spencer's history and they will guide you to the church and other local spots highlighted in many of Spencer 's key works.
Plus several fantastic old and welcoming pubs and you can also take a Thames side stroll.
Written 22 February 2020
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dovxxx
London, UK70 contributions
Dec 2019
Interesting gallery and exhibition of local highly reknowned artist

Very worthwhile visit and good audio production
Written 23 December 2019
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