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:

Members, you DID IT! The Garden Court restoration Appeal hit its target — thanks to you.  See News for more about this – and about three forthcoming changes at top management level in the Museum & Art Gallery.

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

Autumn Long Excursions : All these excursions are  full with waiting lists.(For details of each excursion click on Excursions).

Dates for the diary: the list of Long Excursions for January – March 2015 is:

Tuesday 6th January 2015 Barber Institute, Birmingham: The War Art of C.R.W. Nevinson; 

Saturday 24th January Tate Britain: Late TurnerPaintings set Free;

Saturday 14th February* National Portrait Gallery: Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (*This exhibition is not yet bookable, so Saturday, 21st February may be an alternative date);

Sunday, 15th March Royal Academy: Rubens and his Legacy – Van Dyck to Cezanne.

The booking forms for all the above will be with the November Bulletin

Spring Residential to Llandrindod Wells Sunday 29 March – Thursday 2 April 2015.  This is fully booked with a short waiting list.

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

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


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


Ahead of the Curve New china from China 13 December 2014 – 1 March 2015 in Gallery 5. second floor (Free entry).   

Wildlife Photographer of the year –  29 November 2014 – 22 February 2015.   Exhibition Gallery 1 Ground Floor:

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.

NB Associated with the series of events accompanying the Exhibition, on Remembrance Sunday (9 November) between 4.30-5.30pm, there will be a performance at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery by the internationally renowned Lydbrook Brass band, to include a premiere of ‘Silver Rose’, a new work by Liz Lane inspired by Bristol born war poet Isaac Rosenberg.

Other Exhibitions locally:

Crucible 2 – sculptures at Gloucester Cathedral 1 September – 31 October 2014 admission free. See www.crucible2 for full details.

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 20 October 2014)