Victoria Art Gallery

Upper Gallery Permanent Collection
baby changing facilities icon Guided tours icon Shop icon Study area icon Visual disability facilities icon Wheelchair access icon

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.
Kurt Jackson Scorcher, Femi Kuti on the Pyramid stage, Glastonbury, 2010

Kurt Jackson: Place

  • 10 October 2015 — 3 January 2016 *on now

Acclaimed British artist Kurt Jackson has collaborated with a diverse group of contemporary writers for his latest exhibition, and accompanying book, Place. The show opens at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath on 10 October.

Each writer was asked to contribute text about their favourite location in Britain. Jackson then visited each location – including Worthy Farm (Glastonbury Festival), Bristol docks and Bath, as well as islands, mountains, Spaghetti Junction, suburbs, beaches, Paddington Station and a Welsh estuary – to create works for the show. The exhibition will feature each writer’s text alongside Jackson’s response to their chosen location.

Kurt Jackson said: “Over the last 30 years as my working practice has evolved, I have become more and more conscious that I need a reason for visiting a location for my work to happen there. For this project, I turned my normal methods upside down and looked for a way to relinquish control and to funnel new sources into my working practice. I decided to ask other people for their own choice of a preferred location, with them choosing where to ‘send’ me to make work at their own personal place within Britain.”

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis is one of the 32 writers who have contributed text to the show. He will open the exhibition for Jackson, who is also the Glastonbury Festival Artist in Residence.

To complement the main exhibition, a group of smaller paintings of Glastonbury has been specially selected by Jackson and will be offered for sale in support of Greenpeace, of which he is a long-time supporter.

Among the other contributors of text are charity directors, musicians, professors, journalists, authors and poets.

Jackson works with paint, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking and film, and the idea of ‘place’ has always been essential to his working practice. The Victoria Art Gallery has hosted two Kurt Jackson exhibitions over the past 10 years: ‘Two Woods’ and ‘River Avon’.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£3.50. Free for under 21s.


Grayson Perry, Expulsion From Number 8 Eden Close, 2012

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

  • 9 January — 10 April 2016

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

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.


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.
Children's activity at Victoria Art Gallery

December Designs

  • 12 — 13 December 2015 2-3:30pm

Start the festive season with some Christmas crafts, using techniques and styles that can be found in the gallery’s collections. Create snow cards to take home. Age 3+

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • 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.