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.


  • 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.
Bloombsbury Group ceramics, paintings and sculpture

Bloomsbury Rooms

  • 11 June — 4 September 2016 *on now

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




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

Carlos Zapata: Carnival

  • 11 June — 4 September 2016 *on now

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.


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




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: Art store

Art Store Tours

  • 21 September 2016 12-12:45pm
  • 12 October 2016 12-12:45pm
  • 16 November 2016 12-12:45pm
  • 14 December 2016 12-12:45pm

Explore the parts of the Gallery other people don't reach. 12.00 - 12.45pm. Free, but book in advance on 01225 477233.


Image: Harriet Bouchard

Portrait drawing masterclass with Harriet Bouchard

  • 23 October 2016 11:30am-4pm

Join artist Harriet Bouchard in the upper gallery for a masterclass on portrait drawing. Harriet has had a thorough training in the naturalistic tradition of drawing and painting from life using sight-size, a technique that stems directly from the leading ateliers of nineteenth-century Paris.

She tries to work exclusively from life (circumstances permitting) not only from a visual aspect but also in order to get to know and understand the person she is painting through the process. This is a free drop-in session.


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

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