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. This is a good time to join us – do so today and enjoy more than 12 months’ membership for the normal annual fee! Click on Join in the banner above now!
Friends’ 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.
HIGHLIGHTS OF CURRENT AND FORTHCOMING EVENTS
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 Bulletin cover (left).
Excursions: Short: (Updated 5 March)
Wednesday 19 March: Bristol Blue Glass factory,Whitehouse Lane, Bedminster, Bristol (There are still a few places available for this)
Thursday 10 April 2014: Tobacco Factory for Arcadia. (There are still places available for this)
Wednesday 7 May 2014: Berkeley Castle and Jenner’s House (This excursion is Full)
Spring/Summer Excursions : Long (Updated 5 March)
Tuesday 15 April: Ashmoleum Museum, Oxford: thanks to everyone who booked recently: this excursion is now Full, with two coaches going to Oxford.
Monday, 28th April to Friday, 2nd May 2014: Spring Residential to Eastbourne: this excursion is full.
Wednesday 21 May: Corsham Court and Lacock Abbey: there are still 9 places left on this trip, so if any members want to come, please book soon.
Tuesday 24 June: The Wilson (Cheltenham Art Gallery) and Holst Birthplace Museum. There are just 3 places available now, so be quick with this one and book soon.
Sunday 27 July – Friday, 1st August 2014: Summer Residential to King’s Lynn. This trip is now Full with a small waiting list.
Autumn Residential to PARIS: This 6-day excursion, starting on 6 October 2014 is now virtually Full with 37 members in the party.
2013-14 Lecture Programme:
This lecture completes the 2013- 2014 programme and fills the gap referred to in the Lecture Card as “to be arranged”. Click on Lectures for more.
Please spread the news, unfortunately this notice did not appear in the February Bulletin — word of mouth will be necessary for those members without access to this website.
Social (Also click on Lectures in the Menu for more about the following).
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.
Put the date in your diary, this will be good. (The booking form will be in the May Bulletin).
At the Museums :
New opening times: the Spring/Summer opening times at all the City museums are now available, click on Museums Opening times under Other Sections for details.
Penfriends: This project, supported by, and involving members of The Friends, is about to go active later this month — click on News and scroll down to the updated report.
Click on News and read about this refurbished Gallery (it’s the fourth article on the list). You can now also check progress with paintings under conservation, one of which will be the subject of a Fundraising Appeal - just click on Acquisitions & Conservations.
See also News for details of the latest Award for M Shed.
Current Exhibitions at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Visit Exhibition Gallery 2 on the second floor for Romans And Bristol. Free Entry . Note: this exhibition and the Orpheus Mosaic display have been extended until Monday 21 April. Click on Exhibitions for more.
Excavation of Kings Weston Roman Villa – Bristol Museums Galleries & Archives
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. Image: Jeremy Deller, English Magic, British Pavilion 2013 © British Council
Turner: 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: for more information about the Frameworks Partnership, see the Exhibition entry.
Coming later in the year: Moved by conflict
Part 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 will feature in the exhibition. More soon. (See also under Acquisitions & Conservations. .
(Updated 7 March 2014)