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.


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Click on About Us above for more; on Activities for our video; and on Bulletin for the February Edition (scroll down each page)


Friends Activities:

Click on Excursions for the 2015 Spring/Summer day trips and two holidays. Update: all these trips are now Full, except for the holiday to Cheshire. Any member interested in going on this holiday can find details under Excursions, or contact Margaret direct.

Lecture Programme see under Lectures for: 1. a special extra Friends’ lecture on Hogarth by Tate lecturer Tim Batchelor on 18 May; 2. the Annual Lecture/Lunch at Trinity College on 21July; and 3.The Schubart on Thursday 24 September with our very special guest speaker Dr Stephen Deuchar CBE, Director of the Art Fund.

Focussed visits for members:  the Focussed Visit to Ahead of the Curve on 26 February was greatly enjoyed. The next Visits are:

12 June at 2.00pm: a half-hour visit to the Hogarth altarpiece at St. Nicholas Church with Jenny Gaschke; 13 July at 2.00pm: a one hour visit to the Hogarth exhibition at Queen’s Rd also with Jenny Gascke: 9 July at 11.00 am, a one-hour talk and tour of the Red Lodge with Karin Walton. Full details and booking instructions will appear in the May Bulletin.

Other important dates: 17 June: Dinner at the Clifton Club (Click on Food and Drink Events for more) ; and 7 July: AGM & Review of the Year.

Roman Cameo glass fragment Acquisition: this delicate fragment of Roman cameo glass was recently purchased for the Bomford Collection with equal contributions from us and the Friends of BMGA.

For full details, and a description of the history of the Bomford Collection, click on Acquisitions in the menu.


At Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Gallery Talk at 1.15pm – 1.45pm: (Free) Next Thursday 2 April: Do Ho Suh* and his work (with Julia Carver) * see also below.

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


A small exhibition of ceramic works by Paul Scott is currently on display until 19 April on the first floor Balcony landing, after which it will go on to National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

17 January – 31 August 2015 Modern Art in Britain: Reality Questioned . This exhibition 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, plus details of two Curators talks (free), on 7 March and 2 May.

      Receiving of the Inheritance © Hockney

Receiving of the Inheritance © Hockney


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. (Click on Exhibitions for more).


28 March – 27 September: New York City Apartment/Bristol Visit international artist Do Ho Suh’s New York Apartment – in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. See Exhibitions for more.

2 May – 31 August 2015 William Hogarth: Painter and Printmaker

The Painter and his Pug 1745 by William Hogarth 1697-1764Hogarth 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. (Image of The Painter and his Pug © Tate).

Click on Lectures for details of an extra lecture on 18 May about Hogarth’s paintings.


Arts Forms in Nature © Estate of Karl BlossfeldtArt forms in Nature: 4 July—13 September 2015

On tour from the Hayward Gallery, Southbank, an exquisite display of beautiful photographic images of close-ups of plants taken in the 1930s.

Arts Forms in Nature © Estate of Karl Blossfeldt.


Exhibitions at M Shed:

     Open for business © Chris Steele Perkins - Magnum Photos

Open for business
© Chris Steele Perkins – Magnum Photos



22 March—21 June 2015 Open for Business (Free) - the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry told through the lens of nine internationally renowned documentary photographers.

(Updated 28 March 2015)