Welcome to The Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, the support group for Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG), which houses the largest art gallery in the south west with collections of fine, applied and eastern arts. 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, and in the banner above, was purchased by The Friends for the Art Gallery in 2000. In return, Friends enjoy a quarterly newsletter, lectures, excursions, exhibitions and meeting other Friends with a common interest in Art. Click on About Us in the banner above for more, and on Activities to watch our video.
HIGHLIGHTS OF CURRENT AND FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Click on News for a full report with photos of the refurbished Gallery 6 (it’s the third article on the list – just scroll down). The new re-hang is called ‘Places of Desire’ and members who attended the preview agreed that all the paintings looked stunning in their ‘new’ surroundings – the installation of modern lighting has made a huge difference.
Click on Excursions and/or View all Events for details of new excursions in Spring 2014. Note: The short visit to the Merchant Venturers’ Hall (left) on Wednesday 22 January, is Full. It is hoped that a second visit can be arranged – watch this space…..
Recently added: a Spring Short Excursion on Wednesday 7 May 2014 to Berkeley Castle and Jenner’s House, just 35 minutes by car from central Bristol. Click on Excursions for full details. The booking form will be in the February Bulletin.
Just announced! The last lecture in the current lecture programme will be on Monday 24 March 2014 in the Rear Hall of the Museum as usual when Linda Bolton will talk about Matisse. More details to follow. (The image is Sorrow of the King 1952) Note: This lecture is not shown in the Lecture Programme card).
A Summer Evening Dinner and Talk at The Clifton Club, Bristol on Tuesday 17 June 2014. We had a great time there a couple of years ago,so we know we are in for a treat. (Click on Events Calendar for more).
Julie is also worried about cuts in the Museum’s budget – see the separate report in News.
Dr White’s Almshouse, 1613-2013: Exhibition at Bristol Records Office – open now until 17 February. This one could be interesting: click on Other on the Other Sections list for more details.
Annual Carol Service Monday 9 December at Redland Parish Church, followed by a finger buffet in the Church Hall afterwards. Last chance! There is still room for more — contact Carol asp if you want to come.
Click on ‘Other’ for more.
Newsletter: The cover of the November edition of The Bulletin features The Court Garden by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones. The Museum Development team make a plea in the Bulletin for funds to support conservation of this picture (see also News re cuts to the Museum’s Budget next year).
Click on the cover image then click on it again to fully enlarge it.
Christmas: Time’s running out! The two Christmas Cards supported by The Friends are on sale in the Museum Shop, at £2.95 for a pack of five (a good reduction on last year’s price).
New Exhibition: Visit Exhibition Gallery 2 on the second floor for Romans And Bristol. Entry to this is free.
Click on Exhibitions for more.
Roman Empire Power & People:
2 for 1 entry on exhibition tickets Monday to Friday, until Tuesday 24 December (excludes family ticket) . Plus, exhibition ticket holders can receive a complimentary cookie with a hot drink
purchase from the Museum Café. Final free entry day: Friday 3 January 2014. Click on Exhibitions for more about this Exhibition
This new exhibition has been made possible in partnership with Arnolfini, an award from the Art Fund and support by the Henry Moore Foundation. The works on display in Gallery 5 include photographs by Martin Parr and Sarah Dobai. Click on Exhibitions for more.
Naval Impressment has nothing to do with Art, but the historians among members may not know about the series of free seminars held at M Shed as part of the UWE Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme 2013-14. Click on Events at M Shed for more.
(Updated 6 November 2013)