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.
Image: Lothario, as performed by Mr Coates at the Haymarket Theatre, by unknown

Entertainment in Bath

  • 13 January — 14 March 2018 *on now

In the 1700s, Bath was second only to London for the quality and variety of music, art and theatre on offer. Musicians, artists and actors would come to the city to entertain the wealthy spa visitors who needed diversions when they weren’t busy with treatments. Here they would develop their skills and attract a following and a good reputation before moving on to further fame and fortune in London.

Entertainment in Bath features works from the Victoria Art Gallery’s collection, as well as loans from the National Portrait Gallery and Royal Collection Trust. They depict the creative stars of regency Bath and the venues where they performed.

Highlights include portraits by Gainsborough, Bath’s society painter in the 1700s and works by Georgian comic artist, Thomas Rowlandson. Gambling paraphernalia and instruments similar to those played by musicians such as William Herschel also feature in the exhibition.

Alongside high culture the exhibition also touches on some of the often forgotten ‘entertainments’, from gambling and prostitution to, at the other end of the spectrum, fashionable chapels and learned societies. The exhibition will also explore modern day entertainment in the city, such as the Bath Festival. Admission includes a free audioguide.

Admission

Adult: £4.50
Concessions: £4

Website

https://www.victoriagal.org.uk/entertainmentinbath

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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