Founded in 1906 by four artists, all from the RWA, our first president, Jacques Emile Blanche, had been a pupil of Manet.
From the beginning, we've had a very “modern” outlook – more modern than other art institutions in Bristol at the time. We've also been involved with other arts, with music, poetry, drama and crafts.
An exhibition of painting and sculpture has been held every year from 1906 to the present day (except 1912-13, 1961 and 2017), at first in the RWA until 1922, then in Charlotte Street until 1960, and in the RWA again until 1986, moving afterwards to the the Bristol School of Art and more recently to the vaults at Colston Hall and the Undercroft of the Victoria Methodist Church in Whiteladies Road.
Today we maintain upwards of 250 members and hold events nearly every week of the year.
For £30 a year you can become a member. You can enjoy our rich programme of events and your entry fees for next year's Summer Exhibition will be at the members' prices, which are £4 an entry cheaper.
What's On Around The UK.......
The Renaissance Nude
Closing 2nd June
Trace the development of the nude through some
of the great masters of the Renaissance. Bringing together works by artists such as Titian, Raphael,
Michelangelo, Leonardo, Dürer and Cranach, we shed light on a visual tradition at its most vital moment.
Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light
18 March – 7 July 2019
The first UK exhibition of Spain's Impressionist, Sorolla, in over a century. Known as the 'master of light' for his iridescent canvases, this is a rare opportunity to see the most complete exhibition of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida's (1863–1923) paintings outside Spain. From the vivid seascapes, garden views, and bather scenes for which he is most renowned, to portraits, landscapes and genre scenes of Spanish life.
6 June – 8 September
A leader of the Russian avant-garde, Natalia Goncharova blazed a trail with her experimental approach to art and design. Tate Modern will present the first retrospective of Natalia Goncharova ever held in the UK. Most of the works have never been seen in this country before.