Stanley Spencer Gallery

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

Stanley Spencer Gallery
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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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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 November 7, 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 November 15, 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 October 21, 2020
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The Bevins
24 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 October 2, 2020
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Terry W
Bracknell, UK1,259 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 September 20, 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 February 22, 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 December 23, 2019
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dbreva
Minneapolis, MN53 contributions
Sep 2019
We were walking back from Sunday Roast and came upon this small building housing the Gallery. What a surprise! We had never heard of Stanley Spencer, but the people on staff were very helpful and informed. We were amazed by Spencer's life and his artwork was a revelation. Don't miss this if at all possible, especially if you're interested in English Art and the 20th century. Spencer's take on some themes is surreal and thought provoking. Hours at the Gallery are limited, but worth it.
Written October 10, 2019
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Joyce W
Wallsend, England143 contributions
Aug 2019
The gallery is in the chapel where Spencer used to attend, with a mezzanine floor added to increase the space. Exhibitions change regularly, so worth going back.
A longish documentary can be watched - but only by a handful of people due to space limitations, which caused congestion, especially if you wanted to look at the artworks above the monitors. Ideally a shorter film would be better, especially if you could indicate how long until the film starts again.
Shop has a good range of publications about Spencer and also sells a guided walk of Cookham.
Written September 15, 2019
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RKirby Art🏄‍♂️
London, UK25 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
Re-acquainted myself with Spencer and others in this small and very interesting gallery. He and, apparently just for this exhibition, his contemporaries still manage to enthral. This exhibition has so many brilliant aspects which deserve time and close examination. Don’t miss the DVD upstairs about Spencer. Understand this place gets no government grant and is therefore run by volunteers to keep it going.. £4.50 (senior rate) seems reasonable. Can’t understand other comments about the cost..it’s hardly the cost of a pint and the memories last longer, especially in this heat🍺🍺...
Written August 30, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
The 20th century artist, Stanley Spencer was born and lived much of his life in the little village of Cookham next to the Thames, so it’s great that there is a Gallery dedicated to his work there. Apart from his portraits, a recurrent theme of his work was depicting biblical scenes set in Cookham, which makes the location doubly appropriate. It’s a tiny Gallery, but much more than one room with a mezzanine floor, but well worth seeing. There is an admission charge of £6 for adults or £4.50 fir concessions.
Written August 16, 2019
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