The Stanley Spencer GalleryCookham on Thames Category Museums & Galleries
The Stanley Spencer Gallery is unique, being the only gallery in Britain devoted exclusively to an artist in the village where he was born and spent most of his life. Spencer was strongly influenced by the river and his religious beliefs, and the gallery occupies the former Victorian Methodist Chapel where Spencer was taken as a child to worship.
At the end of September 2007, a year after closing for an £800,000 total refurbishment, the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham, Berkshire reopened to the public. The gallery opened in 1962 as a memorial to the artist Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) who was born and worked for much of his life in the village. He now has international stature and is widely recognised as one of the most important British artists of the 20th century.
In 2012 the Gallery celebrated its 50th Anniversary..
Run entirely by volunteers, the gallery holds a fine collection of more than 120 works.