Frirends of Bristol Art Gallery


Welcome 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. logoFriends’ 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 in the banner for more, and on Activities to watch our video.

 Read the May issue of our quarterly magazine – just click on Bulletin above.


Friends Activities:

The Garden Court restoration Appeal: click on News under Other Sections and scroll down to the first article for an update on progress with this Appeal.

The Lottery at the Queen Bess: click on Acquisitions to learn more about this interesting painting which The Friends helped to purchase.

Special Talks at the Museum - just for members: click on News and scroll down to the third article for more.

2014-15 Lecture Programme kicks-off in grand style on Thursday 25 September when Jonathan Marsden CVO, the Keeper of the Royal Collections, will give The Schubart Lecture about ‘The Royal Collection on Show’.(Free to members, £3 to guests and members of the public. Entry to succeeding lectures £3 (all).

Thursday 23 October: Yu-ping Luk:Cross-cultural interactions in the arts of the earlty Ming Courts’*

Tuesday 18 November: Richard Stemp: ‘Rembrandt: The Late works’*.

Wednesday 11 February 2015: Lucinda Hawksley, ‘John Singer-Sargent – A Life Lived on Canvas’.

For further details click on Lectures.

Details of a March 2015 lecture and the separate Lecture/Lunch at MShed, also in March, to follow. (*Footnote: *These lectures link with two of the Excursions listed below).

Autumn Long Excursions : Tuesday 28 October: British Museum – Ming: 50 years that changed China; Sunday 23 November: National Gallery: Rembrandt – the Late Works; Saturday 6 December: V & A: Constable – The Making of a Master.

Autumn Short Excursions:  Monday 15 September  3.00pm Temporary Georgian Entertainments.Tuesday 7 October 11.00am  Guided tour of SS Great Britain For more details on all these, click on Excursions.

Carol Service: This year’s Service will take place at Redland Parish Church as usual, on Monday 15 December.  More details to follow. The booking forms for all the above will be included with the August Bulletin arriving with members on 20/21 August.

At the Museums

See News for the latest update on ‘Funding the Museum Service’ plus Updates from the Art Gallery: read about what’s happening in the Art Gallery between now and Christmas.

Exhibitions at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (click on Exhibitions for more):


Running until Sunday 21 September 2014. (Free Entry). Jeremy Deller’s English Magic. .

Running until Sunday 4 January 2015 in the Balcony Gallery: Reflections on the Aftermath Free Entry.


Wildlife Photographer of the year moves back to Queen’s Road again later this year after being at M Shed last year.

Turner in the West: if you missed this exhibition in Bristol, catch-up with it in Swindon. Note: There were 19,649 visitors to the Bristol exhibition. 205 respondents completed a comments form, 65% of whom had been ‘very satisfied’. Interestingly, 34%  had visited the exhibition after seeing the poster outside the building.


banksy mobile lovers 2 Display: Banksy: Mobile Lovers

Banksy’s most recent Bristol work – an image of two lovers locked in an embrace while looking at their mobile phones. See it in the Main Hall just past reception until 31 October 2014. It will then probably be auctioned  in aid of the Boys’ Club.

Click on News re another Banksy work.

Exhibitions at M Shed


Running until Sunday, September 7, 2014.  Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board.


1 Oct 2014 – 01 Mar 2015: Moved by Conflict. A commemoration of the start of the 1st World War, in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic.

(Updated 18 August 2014)