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.


Aug 2015 Bulletin front coverClick on Bulletin above to read the August Edition and find out what’s been going on.


Excursions: The Autumn Day Excursions, all to London Galleries, are:

Saturday 3 October, Queen’s Gallery: Painting Paradise – The Art of the Garden; Saturday 24 October, Tate Britain: Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World; Sunday 22 November: Royal Academy: Jean-Etienne Liotard; Saturday 9 January: National Gallery: Goya – The Portraits.  See Excursions for full details.

Next year’s Easter Excursion will be to Newquay,Cornwall, staying at the 3 star Pentire Hotel from Sunday, 3 – Thursday 7 April 2016.

Lecture Programme click on Lectures for details of the 2015-16 Lectures starting with the Annual Memorial Schubart Lecture on Thursday 24 September in the Rear Hall of the Museum & Art Gallery. Members will also wish to note that next year’s event at Trinity College will take place on Wednesday 20 July 2016.  Further details to follow soon.

Archive: The Friends Archive can be seen at the Bristol Record Office (see News for full details).  An entry for the Record Office is now included on the ‘Museums Opening Times’ page.

At the Museums: 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. Click on Exhibitions for more. Autumn:



Exhibitions at M Shed:

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 M Shed is 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.

18 July—1 November 2015



Nature, Camera Action! The secrets of making incredible wildlife films. The deepest oceans, the coldest continents, the most fearsome animals – wildlife film-makers and photographers face it all in pursuit of the perfect shot. Photo John-Downer-Productions


(Updated 1 September 2015).