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.

Howard Jeffs: Prints of woods and water

  • 4 July — 4 October 2015 *on now

Howard Jeffs: Prints of woods and water


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Place: Kurt Jackson

  • 10 October 2015 — 3 January 2016

Place: Kurt Jackson


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

Kurt Jackson: Place

  • 10 October 2015 — 3 January 2016

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.


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.
Jane Austen's Bath

Jane Austen's Bath

  • 4 July — 4 October 2015 *on now

Walks with the Mayor's Guides
As part of the special exhibition Jane Austen’s Bath at the Victoria Art Gallery join a Jane Austen walk by the Mayor’s Guides. Walks start at 11.00am from the Abbey Churchyard by the Mayor’s Guides sign (between the entry doors to the Roman Baths and the Pump Room). Walks finish at the Victoria Art Gallery by Pulteney Bridge.
10, 15, 21 and 28 July
4, 14 and 23 August
11, 27 and 30 September

Thursday Lates with Period Dance Displays
5.00pm - 7.00pm at the Victoria Art Gallery. Free to Discovery Card and ticket holders.
6, 13, 20 and 27 August

Lunchtime Exhibition Tours
Every Thursday between 4 July and 4 October. 12.30pm - 1.10pm at the Victoria Art Gallery. Free to Discovery Card and ticket holders.

Free Lunchtime Talks in the Guildhall
Wednesdays, 1.10pm - 1.45pm; free.
9 September - 'Pulp Fiction: Beckford, Austen and the sentimental novel' - Amy Frost from Beckford's Tower
16 September - 'Jane Austen Fashion' - Rosemary Harden from the Fashion Museum
23 September - 'Period Filming in Bath' - Rachel Bowers from Bath Film Office


Free events, check eligibility


Art Store Tours at the Victoria Art Gallery

Art Store Tours

  • 15 July — 16 September 2015 *on now

15 July, 19 August and 16 September 12.00 - 12.45pm.


Book in advance on 01225 477232


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

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Lower Gallery

01225 477233

Upper Gallery

01225 477244


01225 477232

Collections Manager

01225 477775

Gallery Manager

01225 477772


01225 477231

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