Sponsorship

At Sworders we recognise the need to support both local and national heritage and culture bodies - particularly in the fields of art and antiques in which we specialise. We enjoy partnerships with the following organisations:

FRY ART GALLERY

In the words of David Oleman:

The Fry Art Gallery displays the work of the diverse group of artists who settled in and around great Bardfield in the 20th century. The Bardfield Group of artists are very popular and the Gallery has several exhibitions each year to which visitors travel from all over the country and from abroad. Consequently there are a growing number of collectors and we are very pleased to be able to refer them to Sworders who will share their expertise in fine art.   

Sworders have been a principal sponsor for several years and we are proud to have built up a partnership that builds on the strengths of both parties to develop a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship sharing our commitment to quality. Sworders help us also with an interest in the Collection and this relationship between the Fry volunteers and Sworders staff is greatly appreciated and gives value to both organisations.

The Fry Art Gallery is managed and run by volunteers and it is only possible to do this with the help of sponsorship which demonstrates Sworders commitment to the local community.

Needless to say, exhibitions are a very vital part of our activities and Sworders’ contribution gives us the confidence to develop our programme for the year ahead. 

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HISTORIC HOUSES ASSOCIATION

Supporting Britain's privately-owned historic houses, castles and gardens 

The Historic Houses Association (HHA) represents 1,600 of the UK's privately and charitably owned historic houses, castles and gardens. These are listed buildings or designated gardens, usually Grade I or II*, and are often outstanding. Many are considered to be iconic symbols of Britain's unique heritage. Around 500 of these properties open their doors to visitors for days out, special tours, school visits, film locations, weddings and events, or as memorable places to stay.  13 million people a year visit HHA Member properties and there are 42,000 Friends of the HHA. Members range from iconic stately homes such as Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle, Castle Howard, Knebworth House, Longleat and Burghley House, to more intimate houses such as Traquair in Scotland, Treowen in Wales and Belle Isle in Northern Ireland.  Most are still private family homes.  The Association was established in 1973 to help owners conserve these wonderful places in the interests of the nation and carries out important lobbying, advisory and marketing work on behalf of Member properties.

Sworders take a stand at the HHA annual exhibition and AGM in November every year, where they are happy to meet many HHA owners and friends.

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RAYNHAM RECITALS

Sworders sponsorship of the June weekend in our Raynham Recital series enables us to book world class musicians to come to this intimate and lovely setting. Their backing has made it possible for us to look past being able to pay the performers and to plan ahead with confidence in sourcing and engaging musicians who give literally life-changing recitals in these stupendous acoustics. Their contribution is the bedrock of our success in attracting regular and growing audiences. We are deeply grateful for their generosity.

Lady Alison Townsend

If you would like to hear more about The Raynham Hall Recitals or book tickets for upcoming concerts please visit their website.

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News & Articles

 

A 'How To' Guide to Identifying and Buying Prints

Buying prints at auction is a great way to start an art collection. Prints are typically from limited editions, making them more affordable than one-off pieces such as oil paintings. Yet, the printmaking process is highly skilled, each plate onto which the artist creates an image needs to be perfect in order to achieve the desired finish. Eleanor Garthwaite tells us more...

23 September 2021

"A Catastrophe I Didn’t Want to Avoid"

Nearing her one hundredth birthday on 26th November this year, Marie Françoise Gilot has lived a remarkable life from her decade-long love affair with Picasso in her early twenties, to becoming the talented painter and writer celebrated today.

23 September 2021

Pictures Donated to Dog Welfare Charity Come to Auction

Sworders are to sell two artworks benefitting The Dogs Trust as part of the Modern and Contemporary sale on October 5

23 September 2021

Venini's Patchwork of Light

The Pezzato vase, one of the most iconic designs that Fulvio Bianconi created for Venini, comes to sale in our Design auction on 19-20 October

22 September 2021

Discovering The Works of Elsie Marian Henderson (1880-1967)

Sworders Head of Pictures, Jane Oakley, describes the thrill of uncovering the work of an exceptional talent, Elsie Marian Henderson, Baroness de Coudenhove (1880-1967), whom before now, she knew so little about.

22 September 2021

Yorkshire Pride In Two British Classics

Two classic cars - a 1958 Jaguar XK150 drop-head coupe and a 1970 Mk 2 Morris Mini Cooper S - are to be auctioned in our October 19-20 Design sale.

22 September 2021

Can You Help Curwen Reach Its Fundraising Target?

The Curwen Print Study Centre is an educational charity established in the late 1990s to ensure traditional handcrafted printmaking skills are protected for future generations.  £120,000 has been raised so far in its bid to move to new premises in early 2022. You can now make your mark and purchase an artwork to further aid the campaign.

21 September 2021

Mutiny On The Bounty

After becoming interested in the story of The mutiny on the Royal Navy vessel HMS Bounty, John O’Conner began collecting artefacts on the subject, eventually owning some of Bligh’s most personal possessions. The collection will be sold as part of our Books and Maps timed auction in September

14 September 2021

 

The Lawrence Gatehouse Collection

Lawrie Gatehouse (1943 - 2020) was an avid collector of Art Deco and posters, drawn to the printed medium through his primary love of the golden age of steam and travel.  The main pieces of the collection now comes to sale in our auction of Design on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 October, other works from his collection will be sold in our Homes and Interiors sale on 21 September.

10 September 2021

It's The Little Things in Life...

Our upcoming Fine Interiors auction offers a magnificent single owner collection of miniatures that pay testament to the passion of their collector whose interests ranged from the 16th century to the early 19th century, from portraits of Kings to glamorous women...

6 September 2021

School Textbooks Signed by Florence Nightingale Come to Auction

Six books inscribed by Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the founder of modern nursing, are to be auctioned in a timed sale of Books and Maps next month. They are being sold by descendants of WJP Burton, the principal of a school sited in the Nightingale family home in Derbyshire, with expectations of £3000-5000.

31 August 2021

Escape to Provence

The allure of Provence has long been an inspiration for artists and writers looking to enjoy its relaxed atmosphere and slower pace of life. Fortunately, our upcoming Fine Interiors auction is well-supplied with beautiful pieces that encapsulate this style and can inject a little Provencal magic into the home, wherever that may be.

24 August 2021