Frirends of Bristol Art Gallery


Welcome 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. logoFriends’ 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 in the banner for more, and on Activities to watch our video.

 Read the May issue of our quarterly magazine – just click on Bulletin above.


Friends Activities:

The Lottery at the Queen Bess: click on Acquisitions to learn more about this interesting painting which The Friends helped to purchase.

 2014-15 Lecture Programme kicks-off in grand style on Thursday 25 September when Jonathan Marsden CVO, the Keeper of the Royal Collections, will give The Schubart Lecture about ‘The Royal Collection on Show’.(Free to members, £3 to guests and members of the public. Entry to succeeding lectures £3 (all).

Thursday 23 October: Yu-ping Luk:Cross-cultural interactions in the arts of the earlty Ming Courts’*

Tuesday 18 November: Richard Stemp: ‘Rembrandt: The Late works’*.

Wednesday 11 February 2015: Lucinda Hawksley, ‘John Singer-Sargent – A Life Lived on Canvas’.

*These lectures link with two of the Excursions detailed below. Further details to follow on the Lectures page of this website, including details of the March 2015 lecture and the separate Lecture/Lunch at MShed also in March.

Autumn Long Excursions : Monday 20 October: British Museum – Ming: 50 years that changed China; Sunday 23 November: National Gallery: Rembrandt – the Late Works; Saturday 6 December: V & A: Constable – The Making of a Master; Wednesday 14 January 2015. 

Autumn Short Excursions: Monday 15 September: Guided tour of SS Great Britain; and Tuesday 7 October: Teatime Talk at The Holburne: Temporary Georgian Entertainments. Don’t miss out, diary these dates now, full details to follow soon on the Excursions page.

The booking forms for all the above will be included with the August Bulletin arriving with members on 20/21 August.

At the Museums See News for the latest update on ‘Funding the Museum Service’.

Meet and Talk with Karin Walton at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: 1.15 – 1.45pm: Thurs 7 August for ‘An introduction to Bristol China’. Meet at Reception. Open to all.

Blaise Castle House:  Click on Museum Opening times and scroll to the bottom entry for details of tours of the House in August.

Exhibitions at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Current:  Running until Sunday 21 September 2014. (Free Entry). Jeremy Deller’s English Magic. Click on Exhibitions for more. Join Emma Gifford-Mead, curator of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale on a tour of the exhibition: Saturday 19 July 12.00 noon - 12.45pm. Free, meet in Reception.

Next:  Wildlife Photographer of the year moves back to Queen’s Road again later this year after being at M Shed last year.

Turner in the West: if you missed this exhibition in Bristol, catch-up with it in Swindon — click on Exhibitions for more.

banksy mobile lovers 2Display: Banksy: Mobile Lovers

Banksy’s most recent Bristol work – an image of two lovers locked in an embrace while looking at their mobile phones.


See it in the Main Hall just past reception. Until 31 October 2014


Exhibitions at M Shed

Current: Running until Sunday, September 7, 2014.  Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board. For more details see under Exhibitions

Next:  11 Oct 2014 – 01 Mar 2015: Moved by Conflict. A commemoration of the start of the 1st World War, in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic.

(Updated 9 July 2014)