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.


Friends Activities:

Excursions: The Autumn series of 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.  Click on Excursions for full details.

Pentire HotelNext year’s Easter Excursion will be to Newquay,Cornwall, staying at the 3 star Pentire Hotel from Sunday, 3 – Thursday 7 April 2016. Members wishing to go on this Excursion should complete the Declaration of Intent form in the August Bulletin due to be delivered to members on 10/20 August.

Lecture Programme click on Lectures for details of the 2015-16 Lectures arranged so far.

Archive: Further to the article “Treats from Our Archives” on pages 7 & 8 of the May Bulletin, The Friends Archive is now available to be seen at the Bristol Record Office.  See News for full details.

At the Museums

See News re the possible Refurbishment of Gallery 3 (Old Masters).

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

Eggcam-Penguins-Spy-in-the-Huddle----John-Downer-Productions-740x416Nature, 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 28 July 2015).