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:

Re-opening of Gallery 4 second floor: thanks to the committee’s decision to meet the Museum’s request for funding,  Gallery 4 has been refurbished and re-hung — and looks splendid! Do pop in and enjoy it soon. (See News and Conservations for pictures and comment).

Click on Excursions for the 2015 Spring/Summer day trips and two holidays.

2014-15 Lecture Programme see under Lectures for: 1. a special extra Friends’ lecture on Hogarth by Tate lecturer Tim Batchelor on 18 May: and 2. the Annual Lecture/Lunch at Trinity College on 21July.

Other important dates: 17 June: Dinner at the Clifton Club; 7 July: AGM & Review of the Year; 24 Sept: Schubart Lecture. More details on all these very soon.

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 Talks: both at 1.15pm – 1.45pm: (Free)

Thursday 5 March: Painting light and colour: Introduction to highlights of the impressionist collection (with Jenny Gaschke);

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 late April on the first floor Balcony landing.

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:


Buildings of BristolBuildings of Bristol Sat 21 Mar, 10am-5pm Explore the origins and development of the town house in Bristol from before the Norman Conquest to architectural masterpieces of the 1700s with Bristol Threatened History Society’s symposium. Tickets: £15 / £12 conc. Age 16+.To book, email or call 0117 985 8109.

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. More soon.

(Updated 1 March 2015)