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.


Aug 2015 Bulletin front coverClick on Bulletin above to read the August Edition and find out what’s been going on.


Excursions: The Autumn Day Excursions, all to London Galleries, are:

Saturday 3 October, Queen’s Gallery: Painting Paradise – The Art of the Garden; Saturday 24 October, Tate Britain: Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World; Sunday 22 November: Royal Academy: Jean-Etienne Liotard; Saturday 9 January: National Gallery: Goya – The Portraits.  See Excursions for full details.

Next year’s Easter Excursion will be to Newquay,Cornwall, staying at the 3 star Pentire Hotel from Sunday, 3 – Thursday 7 April 2016.

Lecture Programme click on Lectures for details of the 2015-16 Lectureswhich started with the Annual Memorial Schubart Lecture on Thursday 24 September. Members will also wish to note that next year’s event at Trinity College will take place on Wednesday 20 July 2016.  Further details to follow soon.

Archive: The Friends Archive can be seen at the Bristol Record Office (see News for full details).  An entry for the Record Office is now included on the ‘Museums Opening Times’ page.

At the Museums: Current Exhibitions

24 October 2015—13 March 2016 Death: the human experience:



Exhibitions at M Shed:

June – February 2016: You Make Bristol What It Is…Green          

M Shed tells the story of Bristol and its unique place in the world. To celebrate Bristol’s status as European Green Capital M Shed is highlighting ten people and organisations who have contributed to Bristol’s green agenda. Having invited nominations from organisations across the city, the display will represent the broad spectrum of Green activity in Bristol.

18 July—1 November 2015



Nature, Camera Action! The secrets of making incredible wildlife films. The deepest oceans, the coldest continents, the most fearsome animals – wildlife film-makers and photographers face it all in pursuit of the perfect shot. Photo John-Downer-Productions


(Updated 28 September 2015).