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 (the May Edition will be delivered to members on 20/21 May)


Friends Activities:

Excursions all the Spring/Summer excursions are Full, except for the holiday to Cheshire. Any member interested in going on this can find details under Excursions, or contact Margaret direct.  Latest additions to the Excursion programme: 

Wednesday: 15 July: Sezincote & Batsford Arboretum; Wednesday 19 August: Montacute House and Lytes Cary Manor; Saturday 12 September Kenwood House, Hampstead. For full details about these trips click on Excursions.Booking forms for these will be in the May Bulletin. 

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 trip will be in the August Bulletin.

Lecture Programme see under Lectures for: 1. a special extra Friends’ lecture on Hogarth by Tate lecturer Tim Batchelor on 18 May; 2. The Annual Lecture/Lunch at Trinity College on 21 July; and 3. The Schubart Lecture on Thursday 24 September with our special guest speaker Dr Stephen Deuchar CBE, Director of the Art Fund.

The next Focussed visits for members have been arranged for:

12 June at 2.00pm: a half-hour visit to the Hogarth altarpiece at St. Nicholas Church with Jenny Gaschke; 13 July at 2.00pm: a one hour visit to the Hogarth exhibition at Queen’s Rd also with Jenny Gascke: 9 July at 11.00 am, a one-hour talk and tour of the Red Lodge with Karin Walton. Full details and booking instructions will appear here later, and in the May Bulletin.

Other important dates: 17 June: Dinner at the Clifton Club (Click on Food and Drink Events for more); and 7 July for the AGM and Curators’ Review of the Year.

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.

Coming Soon!

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).

Click on Lectures for details of an extra Friends’ Lecture on 18 May about Hogarth’s paintings at the 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.

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.

(Updated 27 April 2015)