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.

Not yet a member?  Join by the end of December and get up to 15 months’ membership for the price of 12 – click on JOIN above for more!

Bulletin Nov 2014  cover  Read the November issue of our quarterly magazine – just click on Bulletin above.


Friends Activities:

2014-15 Lecture Programme all lectures at 7.00pm in the Rear Hall of the Museum, except that the Lecture/Lunch at MShed starts at 12 noon. For details of the full the Programme click on Lectures.

Update of bookings The January – March 2015 excursions are now all Full – except that there are 3 seats remaining for the 6th January trip to the Barber Institute, Birmingham for the Nevinson exhibition.  Contact Margaret if you want to come.

Important dates in 2015: 17 June: Dinner at the Clifton Club; 7 July: AGM & Review of the Year; 21 July: Summer Luncheon & Lecture at Trinity College when Justine Hopkins will talk about ‘Angels and Locomotives; The World and Art of Edward Burne-Jones’ ; 24 September: Schubart Lecture. Further details soon.

At the Museums

Gallery Update: See News for Jenny Gaschke’s  exciting uipdate about developments in the Fine Art Galleries in January.

Exhibitions at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (click on Exhibitions for more about all the following):


Until Sunday 4 January 2015 in the Balcony Gallery: Reflections on the Aftermath (Free Entry).

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

Until 1 March 2015 in Gallery 5 second floor: Ahead of the Curve New china from China (Free entry). (See Exhibitions for details of an extra event related to this exhibition). Don’t miss this exhibition, the exhibits are stunning….


Modern Art in Britain: Reality Questioned 17 January – 31 August 2015.

NB This exhibition at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is part of the next 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.

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.

Other Exhibitions locally: High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson –  an exhibition from the Royal Collection  at The Holburne Museum of Art Bath –  27 September – 8 February 2015

(Updated 21 December 2014)