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 August issue of our quarterly magazine – just click on Bulletin above


Friends Activities:

The Garden Court restoration Appeal: click on News under Other Sections and scroll down to the first article for an update on progress with this Appeal.  There has been a wonderful response – we’re almost there!!

The Lottery at the Queen Bess: click on Acquisitions to learn more about this interesting painting which The Friends helped to purchase; plus the updated article on the Smythe Mourning Rings.

Special Talks at the Museum - just for members: click on News and scroll down to the third article for more, including the number of places still available for each talk.

2014-15 Lecture Programme (all lectures start at 7.00pm in the Rear Hall of the Museum, except that the Lecture/Lunch at MShed starts at 12 noon.

The 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’. Wednesday 4 March 2015 at noon: Dr Jenny Gaschke, ‘The Dutch Discovery of Landscape’. The lecture will be followed by a buffet lunch.

Tuesday 24 March 2015: Alison Bevan ‘The RWA: England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art’.

Click on Lectures for more about all the above.

(*Footnote: *These lectures link with two of the Excursions listed below). Autumn

Long Excursions : Tuesday 28 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.

NB both the Rembrandt and Constable excursions are now full with waiting lists. There are still places available for Ming — contact Margaret if you wish to come.

Spring Residential to Llandrindod Wells Sunday 29 March – Thursday 2 April 2015.  This is also fully booked but there is no waiting list.  If you want to start one contact Margaret.

Autumn Short Excursions:  Monday 15 September  3.00pm Temporary Georgian Entertainments.Tuesday 7 October 11.00am  Guided tour of SS Great Britain. There are just 6 places left for Entertainments, but several left for SS Great Britain. Contact Tony Hinchliffe if you want to come on either of these excursions.

For more details on all the above, click on Excursions.

Carol Service: This year’s Service will take place at Redland Parish Church on Monday 15 December. Click on Other for more.

At the Museums

See News for the latest update on ‘Funding the Museum Service’ plus Updates from the Art Gallery: read about what’s happening in the Art Gallery between now and Christmas.

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


Running until Sunday 21 September 2014. (Free Entry). Jeremy Deller’s English Magic. .

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


Wildlife Photographer of the year –  29 November 2014 – 22 February 2015

Turner in the West: if you missed this exhibition in Bristol, catch-up with it in Swindon.

banksy mobile lovers 2 Display: 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


This is the last week of the ‘Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board’ Exhibition which ends next Sunday (7 September).


1 Oct 2014 – 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.

(Updated 1 September 2014)