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

Tuesday - Saturday 10.00-17.00
Sunday 13.30 - 17.00

Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays

Admission charges

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


  • 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.
Grayson Perry, Expulsion From Number 8 Eden Close, 2012

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

  • 9 January — 10 April 2016 *on now

See a series of six very large tapestries made in 2012 for the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, in which Perry explored the notion of British taste.

The Vanity of Small Differences tells the story of class mobility and the influence that social class has on our aesthetic taste. Inspired by William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, the six tapestries, measuring 2m x 4m each, chart the “class journey” made by young Tim Rakewell. They include many of the characters, incidents and objects encountered by Perry on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds for the television series.




Image: The Royal Crescent, Philip Bouchard

Philip Bouchard: 52 Views of Bath

  • 9 January — 21 February 2016 *on now

The strangely surreal quality of Bath's landmarks stems from architect John Wood's vision and construction of an ideal city. Philip Bouchard has always loved the vistas created by Wood and by those who followed him. In this selling show of 52 views (one for each week of the year), Bouchard captures the familiar and quirky aspects of this beautiful city.


Image: WWI poster

World War One Recruiting Posters

  • 27 February — 13 April 2016

Displayed in our building a century ago when they were used to urge men to join up, this stunning collection of posters has been unseen for many years. With their vibrant colours and stirring slogans, they are a reminder of the optimism and patriotism that characterised Britain at the beginning of World War One.


Bath Society of Artists exhibition

Bath Society of Artists 111th Annual Exhibition

  • 23 April — 4 June 2016

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.




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

Me and my family

  • 17 February 2016 10am-12:30pm

Make a family collage. 3 to 6 year olds.

17 February, 10-11am & 11.30-12.30pm

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6



Image: Craft activity

Me and my world silhouette

  • 19 February 2016 10am-12:30pm

Enjoy our special exhibition and make a self-portrait silhouette. 5 to 11 year olds.

19 February, 10-11am & 11.30-12.30pm.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10



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.

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

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

Victoria Art Gallery
Bridge Street

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014




Lower Gallery

01225 477233

Upper Gallery

01225 477244


01225 477232

Collections Manager

01225 477775

Gallery Manager

01225 477772


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.