30 July 2016

A Stunning Suite of Galleries

Through the continued support of The Friends, Bristol Art Gallery has been able to achieve its goal, set out in 2012/13, to refurbish the entire suite of picture galleries. 

Victorian Art (Gallery Six)

10 June 2016

Refurbishment of The Old Masters Gallery

June 10th 2016 saw The Friends being welcome to a special preview unveiling of the newly refurbished and upgraded Old Masters Gallery (Gallery 3), to which we contributed £10,000.

Members of The Friends listening to Dr Jenny Gashcke explaining the complexity of the work involved in designing the rehang of a number of important and delicate paintings, including the very large Noah's Ark (c.1710) by Jan Griffier

10 February 2016

Edward Bird’s The Departure for London comes to Bristol

Since 1935 Bristol’s holdings of drawings and paintings by Edward Bird (1772 – 1819) have included a preparatory sketch for his acclaimed painting ‘The Departure for London’, first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1815. 

The sensitive sketch shows a family in their home preparing for their son's imminent departure. A scene that may remind the viewer of an episode in a Jane Austen novel: two women are packing the young man’s belongings while the elderly father bids farewell to his son, who is leaving to begin his professional life in the capital. A young boy announces the arrival of the coach - seen through a window in the background - with eager gestures.