Frirends of Bristol Art Gallery



logoWelcome to The Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, the support group for Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG). The Friends also support the purchase and conservation of works of art for M Shed. Friends’ subscriptions play a crucial role in helping the galleries acquire works of all types and periods – Sir Terry Frost’s Orchard Tambourines left, was purchased by The Friends for the Art Gallery in 2000.

 Click on About Us above for more; on Activities for our video; and on Bulletin for the February Edition of The Friends magazine. The May Edition is now with members and the website version will be available on this site shortly.


Friends Activities:

Excursions: Click on Excursions for full details of the recently announced list. The booking forms are in the May Bulletin, with the exception of the following:

Saturday 3 October: a day excursion to the Queen’s Gallery London for ‘Painting Paradise The Art of the Garden’. This exhibition has received rave reviews, so is not to be missed. Further details soon. The booking form for this will be in the August Bulletin.

Lecture Programme click on Lectures for details of the 2015-16 Lectures arranged so far.

Focussed visits:  the next series of Member Visits have been arranged for June and July, see News for more.

Other important dates: 17 June: Dinner at the Clifton Club*; 7 July the AGM/Curators’ Review of the Year; and 21 July:  the Annual Trinity Lecture & Lunch* (*(Click on Food and Drink Events for more). These events are also covered in the May Bulletin.

Newly added by the Museum:

Talk: Taste and the Grand Tour: Thu 4 Jun, 1.15pm – 1.45pm at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery  Free – donations welcome (NB This Talk, and those items which follow, are open to the public generally, they have not been designed specifically for Members).

Find out why 18th century British artists and art lovers were so passionate about travelling to continental Europe, and how it influenced their paintings.

WALK: 18th Century Bristol Walk  Wed 10 Jun – 11:30am and 2pm:                     Start from Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Free – donations welcome

This invigorating 90 minute walk includes a tour of The Georgian House Museum and a visit to St Nicholas Church to view Hogarth’s famous altarpiece.

TOUR: Hogarth Described Tour Tue 16 Jun, 5pm – 6pm Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Free – donations welcome

Fine Art curator Jenny Gaschke will lead a described tour of the William Hogarth: Painter & Printmaker Exhibitions for visually impaired visitors.

Current Exhibitions

Until 27 September: New York City Apartment/Bristol Visit international artist Do Ho Suh’s New York Apartment – in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

16 May – 31 August: William Hogarth: Painter and Printmaker

The Painter and his Pug 1745 by William Hogarth 1697-1764Hogarth was commissioned to paint an altar piece for St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol in 1756. This was towards the end of his life and when Bristol was one of England’s major porting cities. For the first time, TATE Britain is loaning its entire holdings of oil paintings by William Hogarth to a regional museum. Click on Exhibitions for more about this exhibition. (Image of The Painter and his Pug © Tate).


Arts Forms in Nature © Estate of Karl BlossfeldtArt forms in Nature: 4 July—13 September

On tour from the Hayward Gallery, Southbank, an exquisite display of beautiful photographic images of close-ups of plants taken in the 1930s. See Exhibitions for more.

Arts Forms in Nature © Estate of Karl Blossfeldt.


Exhibitions at M Shed:


Until 21 June: Open for Business (Free) - the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry told through the lens of nine internationally renowned documentary photographers.


June – February 2016: You Make Bristol What It Is… Green

M Shed tells the story of Bristol and its unique place in the world. To celebrate Bristol’s status as European Green Capital we are highlighting ten people and organisations who have contributed to Bristol’s green agenda. Having invited nominations from organisations across the city, the display will represent the broad spectrum of Green activity in Bristol.

From 3 June:  Banksy’s Grim Reaper

Banksy Grim ReaperFor many years, Thekla was home to the Grim Reaper. To prevent deterioration to one of Banksy’s earliest works, the piece was removed for conservation during the Thekla’s renovation last summer. Now fully restored, the iconic Grim Reaper will go on public display at M Shed from 3 June.



TALK: A Hogarthian Second City? Bristol and the Crowd in the 18th Century: See News for more about this talk in M Shed on Thursday 18 June.

(Updated 26 May 2015)