Frirends of Bristol Art Gallery


Welcome to The Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, the support group for Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG), which houses the largest art gallery in the south west with collections of fine, applied and eastern arts. The Friends also support the purchase and conservation of works of art for M Shed.

logoFriends’ subscriptions play a crucial role in helping the galleries acquire works of all types and periods – Sir Terry Frost’s Orchard Tambourines left, and in the banner above, was purchased by The Friends for the Art Gallery in 2000. In return, Friends enjoy a quarterly newsletter, lectures, excursions, exhibitions and meeting other Friends with a common interest in Art. Click on About Us in the banner above for more, and on Activities to watch our video.               


Friends Matters:

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For more information about all the short and long excursions listed below, click on Excursions. See the full details of the excursion to Corsham for more about the painting shown on the current Bulletin cover (left).



Current Excursions: Short: – all Full

Spring/Summer Excursions : Long (Updated 25 March) – all Full, except:

Tuesday 15 April: Ashmoleum Museum, Oxford: this excursion is now nearly full, with two coaches going to Oxford – but there is room for more on the second coach so still time to contact Maurice or Margaret if you want to go.

Wednesday 21 May: Corsham Court and Lacock Abbey: there are now only 5 places left on this trip, so if any members want to come, please book soon.

Autumn Residential to PARIS: This 6-day excursion, starting on 6 October 2014 is now virtually Full with 36 members in the party. There is still room for more so phone Maurice or Margaret if you want to come.

Social (Also click on Lectures  for more about the following).

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A Summer Evening Dinner and Talk at The Clifton Club, Bristol on Tuesday 17 June 2014.  We had a great time there a couple of years ago,so we know we are in for a treat. Click on Events Calendar to find out more.


love in the garden renoirThe annual Lecture & Lunch at Trinity College takes place on Tuesday 22 July. Our speaker this year will be Pamela Halford talking about Love in Painting.

Put the date in your diary, this will be good. (The booking form will be in the May Bulletin).


At the Museums :

Wallace & Gromit 2014 exhibitionNew Exhibition for M Shed  ‘Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board’  Starts on Saturday 24 May and ends on Sunday 7 September 2014.Click on Exhibitions, or Events at M Shed for more!

See also News for details of the latest Award for M Shed.


Exhibitions at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

New Exhibitions

jeremy deller photoNow Open: Jeremy Deller – English Magic:  Saturday 12 April to Sunday 21 September 2014. Free Entry.

Jeremy Deller’s English Magic was commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013. The UK tour of the exhibition is supported by the Art Fund. Click on Exhibitions for more including the comprehensive list of events associated with this major exhibition.

Image: Jeremy Deller, English Magic, British Pavilion 2013 © British Council

Turner The Avon Gorge BristolTurner: Watercolours from the West: 1 May – 6 July 2014. Free Entry. The first exhibition of the Frameworks partnership*, which celebrates great art collections in the West of England.Turner watercolours from Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives’ own collection will be displayed alongside those of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, the Holburne Museum, and the Victoria Art Gallery.

(Image courtesy of Bristol Museums Galleries & Archives: click to enlarge). 

*Note: there are some interesting events associated with this exhibition: to learn more and for more information about the Frameworks Partnership, see the entry under Exhibitions.

Coming in October: Moved by conflict

Morleys dogPart of a programme of World War 1 related events across the city aiming to challenge people’s perceptions of how global conflict has affected – and continues to affect – the lives of Bristol’s citizens.This painting: Will He Come Back? by Robert Morley is currently under conservation and will feature in the exhibition.  See also under Exhibitions.

(Updated 4 April 2014)