Victoria Art Gallery

Upper Gallery Permanent Collection
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Wonderful display of British oil paintings from 17th century to the present day including works by Gainsborough, Barker and Sickert. Over 1,500 decorative arts treasures.

Temporary exhibitions. Adopt a Painting needing restoration and be acknowledged in the gallery. Take part in a monthly Store Tour. Discover images of Bath through the ages. Get creative - art carts on both floors plus Young @ Art holiday activities for the under elevens. Relax with a cuppa or browse the shop!

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Open daily from 10.30 - 17.00.

Closed 25 - 26 December and 1 January.

Admission charges

Entry to the Victoria Art Gallery is free. There is a charge for large exhibitions.

Discounts

  • National Art Pass

Additional info

Please telephone for further details or to book activities.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Bath Society of Artists exhibition

Bath Society of Artists 111th Annual Exhibition

  • 23 April — 4 June 2016 *on now

Now in its 111th year, this hugely popular exhibition showcases the best of the region’s artistic talent. Any artist aged 18 or over can submit work for possible selection.

The Society was founded in 1904 with 26 members. It has grown over the years to a membership of around 120 diverse, talented artists. Many distinguished 20th-century painters have exhibited with the Society including Walter Sickert, John Singer Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer, Gilbert Spencer, Patrick Heron, Mary Fedden, William Scott and Howard Hodgkin.

Following its successful inauguration last year, there will also be a lottery of postcard-sized artworks by members, which will be displayed anonymously, with tickets available to purchase.

Admission

£3.50

Website

http://www.victoriagal.org.uk

Bloombsbury Group ceramics, paintings and sculpture

Bloomsbury Rooms

  • 11 June — 4 September 2016

Recognising that the only Bloomsbury Group decorative schemes to survive are at Charleston in East Sussex, this exhibition aims to recreate, as far as possible, several of the lost interiors on which Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant worked in the first half of the 20th century. This exhibition reunites objects and paintings from private and public collections that have not been seen together for over 50 years.

Fry, Bell and Grant were famed for their non-hierarchical approach to art and craft, regarding the various disciplines as being of equal status to painting. Their readiness to see in interior decoration and the decorative arts the possibility for a valid and original artistic endeavour began with the Omega
Workshops (founded 1913) and continued until the Second World War.

In the Omega’s final years (it closed in 1919), Bell and Grant began to work more on their own behalf. As highly practical artists, they acquired the knowledge and skills at the Omega that later proved invaluable to their continued love of decorating.

Between the wars a torrent of decoration rushed through the squares of Bloomsbury, with friends queuing to have their homes embellished. Little of the interiors now remain as much was destroyed, by accident or by bombing during the Second World War.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£4.00

Website

http://www.victoriagal.org.uk

People in the Wind by Kenneth Armitage

Kenneth Armitage 1916-2002 Centenary sculpture exhibition

  • 10 September — 27 November 2016

This retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of an artist intimately connected with Bath, whilst also marking the centenary of his birth. It will feature numerous sculptures in bronze and plaster alongside paintings and drawings, mostly on a figurative or arboreal theme.

Armitage sought through his work to achieve an understanding of the underlying structures of living things. He was born in 1916 and first studied at Leeds College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. After serving in the army from 1939-46, he became Head of Sculpture at Bath Academy of Art for ten years based at Corsham Court, nine miles east of Bath. In 1952 he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale, exhibiting alongside the sculptors Lynn Chadwick, Bernard Meadows, Reg Butler and Eduardo Paolozzi.

Described by the critic Herbert Read as the ‘Geometry of Fear’ school because of their deployment of sharp angular forms in metal, the group show sealed Armitage’s reputation as a member of the new generation of post-war British sculptors.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£4.00

Website

http://www.victoriagal.org.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Image: Family activity

Butterfly Ball

  • 1 June 2016 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm

Create a caterpillar picture and a butterfly mask. For 3 to 6 year olds.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.victoriagal.org.uk/events/butterfly-ball

Image: Family activity

Animal Explorer

  • 3 June 2016 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm

Use wax resist and draw and paint animals inspired by our paintings. For 6 - 11 year olds. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.victoriagal.org.uk/events/animal-explorer

Image: Carlos Zapata, Curandera (Shaman), mixed media

Carlos Zapata: Carnival

  • 11 June — 4 September 2016

His work reflects both his experience of living in a foreign country and life in Colombia where a civil war rages on relatively unnoticed by the outside world. His work is in private collections and museums around the world.

Website

http://www.victoriagal.org.uk/events/carlos-zapata-carnival

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Facing up to it KS2

This two hour session works with the portraits in our main art collection. Pupils use a wide range of media to draw portraits and self portraits. They produce a final 3D abstract piece of work using card and scissors.

How to obtain

Book in advance on 01225 477757

Creating landscapes KS2

This 2 hour session is focussed on the range of methods and approaches of landscape artists. Pupils create responses in dry materials.

How to obtain

Book in advance on 01225 477757

Victoria Art Gallery
Bridge Street
Bath
Somerset
BA2 4AT
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.victoriagal.org.uk

E-mail

victoria_enquiries@bathnes.gov.uk

Telephone

Lower Gallery

01225 477233

Upper Gallery

01225 477244

Administrator

01225 477232

Collections Manager

01225 477775

Gallery Manager

01225 477772

Fax

01225 477231

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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