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, and on Activities to watch our video.


Friends Activities:

Invitation! Members, have you looked in your inbox yet? Do so and find an email from the Museum inviting you to attend the reopening of the upgraded Gallery 4, funded by The Friends, on Friday 6 February. This event is open to members only. NB over 100 members have responded so far – if you aren’t among them, apply now!

Excursions The 2015 Spring/Summer series of excursions have now been announced- click on Excursions for full details.  The booking forms will be in the February Bulletin due to reach members on 18/19 February.

2014-15 Lecture Programme click on Lectures in the menu for full details..

Important dates for the diary in 2015 (full details to follow) 

17 June: Dinner at the Clifton Club; 7 July: AGM & Review of the Year; 21 July: Summer Luncheon & Lecture at Trinity College; 24 September: Schubart Lecture.

At Bristol Museum & Art Gallery 

Chinese New Year Sat 21 – Sun 22 February (£2.50). Welcome in the Year of the Sheep.

Gallery Talks: both at 1.15pm – 1.45pm:

Thu 5 March: Painting light and colour: Introduction to highlights of the impressionist collection (with Jenny Gaschke);

Thu 2 April: Do Ho Suh* and his work (with Julia Carver) * see also below.

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


Until Sunday 22 February 2015 Exhibition Gallery 1 Ground Floor: Wildlife Photographer of the year 

Until 1 March 2015 Gallery 5 second floor: Ahead of the Curve New china from China (Free entry). Latest update: click on Exhibitions for details of a new Focussed tour for members only. If you have not yet responded to the recent email about this, do so now please!

17 January – 31 August 2015  Modern Art in Britain: Reality Questioned . This exhibition at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is part of the latest Frameworks initiative: see News for details of the series of exhibitions showing at each of the Frameworks partners’ Museums and Art Galleries during much of 2015.


31 January – 14 June 2015  Hockney: A Rake’s Progress (Free)
Hogarth’s classic morality tale gets a Pop Art makeover by renowned and influential artist David Hockney. To whet your appetite for the major exhibition of Hogarth’s work (see below).

28 March – 27 September:  New York City Apartment/Bristol  Visit international artist Do Ho Suh’s New York Apartment – in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Experience the ghost architecture of this soft corridor based on the artist’s home. Tailored from fabric and commissioned for Bristol. Be immersed. (n partnership with Arnofini)

2 May – 31 August 2015  William Hogarth: Painter and Printmaker      
Hogarth 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. More about this exhibition to follow.

Exhibitions at M Shed

Until 01 Mar 2015: Moved by Conflict. A commemoration of the start of the 1st World War, in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic. Click on MShed or Exhibitions for more.

Latest Update: Click on Events at MShed in the menu, or the Exhibition page, for details of a Film Evening on 12 February related to the exhibition.

(Updated 25 January 2015)