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!!

Click on Aquisitions to see details of the latest acquisition funded by The Friends for the Far Eastern Collection.

Special Talks at the Museum for members:

There are still places available for both talks on 29 September –  Old Masters with Jenny Gascke at 11am and Bristol School with Julia Carver at 2.00pm.

The Ming Vase talk with Kate Newnham at 12 noon is now full. But there are places on the 2.00 pm repeat on that day. (See News for the background to these talks)

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 next week 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 in the 2014-15 Programme £3 (all).

For details of the rest of the Programme click on Lectures.

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 Excursion:  Monday 15 September 3.00pm at The Holburne Museum Bath: ‘Temporary Georgian Entertainments’.There are just 5 places left, contact Tony Hinchliffe if you want to come.

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):


Last chance to experience this exhibition – it ends this Sunday 21 September 2014. (Free Entry). Jeremy Deller’s English Magic.

The English/Trinidadian steel band, Melodians Steel Orchestra, who provided the soundtrack to the film English Magic, will be performing live on Sunday to mark the closing of the exhibition.

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.  Full details soon.

The ‘Banksy’ has now been replaced with Ernest Board’s The Departure of John and Sebastian Cabot on their First Voyage of Discovery.

Exhibitions at M Shed


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.

Other Exhibitions locally:

Crucible 2 – sculptures at Gloucester Cathedral 1 September – 31 October 2014 admission free. Crucible 1 in 2010 was very impressive and this one promises to be even better.

(Updated 17 September 2014)