Host your business event at the Victoria Art Gallery

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Introducing the Victoria Art Gallery

In the centre of Bath, the lovely Victoria Art Gallery is an inspiring choice of venue for a drinks reception, networking event or private view.

Near Bath Abbey and the Guildhall, this building was named to celebrate Queen Victoria's sixty years on the throne. It houses a fine collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and decorative arts, including works by Gainsborough, Sickert, Nash and Klee. The building consists of the stylish Upper Gallery and a more contemporary Lower Gallery, with an inviting marble entrance hall and grand staircase. 

PERFECTLY SUITED TO
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Drinks receptions
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Networking events
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Private views
WITH CAPACITY FOR
Capacity
Up to 150 people depending on exhibition in situ

Call us on 01225 477786 or fill out our quick enquiry form to get started.

Virtual tour

Let us know if you'd like a guided virtual venue visit. We will join you on a virtual tour, answer your questions in real time, and highlight the key points of interest relevant to your event. Email [email protected] to get started.

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Supporting you

Our friendly and experienced team will help you every step of the way, from planning, logistics through to being there to support you on the day.

At the Victoria Art Gallery, you are free to choose your own suppliers although we do have a list of people and businesses who have worked well in our venues previously.

Please do get in touch if you have any queries or ideas you would like to discuss with the team.

What are you organising?

At the Victoria Art Gallery you can choose either the contemporary Lower Gallery or the more traditional Upper Gallery as the setting for your  business event. 

Drinks receptions & networking

If you are looking to spark conversation and engage your guests, choose this quirky venue for a drinks reception or networking event.

The Upper and Lower Galleries are both beautiful spaces in which to entertain and inspire your guests.

KEY FEATURES
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Hire one gallery or both
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View contemporary exhibitions or our permanent collection
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Available for private hire from 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday, all day Monday
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Choose your own caterer

Capacities & pricing

Lower Gallery
£420 inc. VAT (both galleries: £475)
This Lower Gallery is a bright and airy contemporary space. This gallery offers a varied and imaginative programme of touring and one-off exhibitions. Massive sculptures can give way to delicate works on paper, contemporary murals or imposing floor to ceiling installations. The fascinating artworks on display are always a great conversation piece for your guests. We suggest viewing the current exhibition programme to see if there is a show that will suit the mood and atmosphere of your event or celebration. Depending on the exhibits on display, drinks can also be served in this area.
Capacity
Up to 150 guests for drinks (depending on exhibition)
Upper Gallery
£420 inc.VAT (both galleries: £475)
In contrast to the contemporary Lower Gallery, the Upper Gallery is a lofty, elegant and traditional. It houses works of art from the permanent collection, including a copy of the Parthenon frieze which adorns three of the walls. It is accessed via a grand staircase or lift and adjoins a circular Rotunda. When hiring the Upper Gallery, guests may be served drinks in the Rotunda, before moving into the beautifully displayed gallery to socialise. Please note that only clear drinks may be consumed in the Upper Gallery.
Capacity
Up to 100 guests for drinks
Private views

Privately hire the Victoria Art Gallery out of hours and allow yourself time to really savour the current exhibition on display.

Especially useful during blockbuster shows, you can avoid the crowds and appreciate exciting exhibitions in your own time with colleagues or clients.Although perfect for intimate groups, up to 150 guests can enjoy an exhibition privately.

KEY FEATURES
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Available for private hire from 6pm Tuesday to Sunday, all day Monday
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Choose your own caterer

You could also upgrade your visit to include a drinks reception in the Upper Gallery or consider booking the curator for a private introduction to the exhibition.

Capacity & pricing

Lower Gallery
£420 inc. VAT (both galleries: £475)
This Lower Gallery is a bright and airy contemporary space. This gallery offers a varied and imaginative programme of touring and one-off exhibitions. Massive sculptures can give way to delicate works on paper, contemporary murals or imposing floor to ceiling installations. The fascinating artworks on display are always a great conversation piece for your guests. We suggest viewing the current exhibition programme to see if there is a show that will suit the mood and atmosphere of your event or celebration. Depending on the exhibits on display, drinks can also be served in this area.
Capacity
Up to 150 guests for drinks (depending on exhibition)
Upper Gallery
£420 inc.VAT (both galleries: £475)
In contrast to the contemporary Lower Gallery, the Upper Gallery is a lofty, elegant and traditional. It houses works of art from the permanent collection, including a copy of the Parthenon frieze which adorns three of the walls. It is accessed via a grand staircase or lift and adjoins a circular Rotunda. When hiring the Upper Gallery, guests may be served drinks in the Rotunda, before moving into the beautifully displayed gallery to socialise. Please note that only clear drinks may be consumed in the Upper Gallery.
Capacity
Up to 100 guests for drinks
Venue history

A short history of the Victoria Art Gallery

In the 1890s many local people supported the project to build Bath’s public art gallery. Led by the Mayor, Councillor George Woodiwiss, funds were raised and works of art given to form a public collection. This groundswell of local support and sense of shared ownership has remained a hallmark of the Victoria Art Gallery ever since, emphatically making it the ‘people’s gallery’.

The Gallery was named after Queen Victoria; a civic tribute to a much-loved monarch. 1897, the year of her Golden Jubilee, saw the laying of the foundation stone. The building opened three years later, adorned by a crown atop the building’s distinctive dome. A statue of Queen Victoria was soon added to the Bridge Street façade, paid for by the women of Bath. The Gallery’s collection grew quickly, with over 500 works of art being donated in its first decade.

The building was designed by John McKean Brydon, a lover of classical design. He was thus well able to create a building that could merge with the Guildhall and complement the surrounding Georgian cityscape. Brydon was clearly proud of the building, donating a copy of the Parthenon Frieze to adorn the top-lit gallery. Downstairs was Bath’s new library. It moved to larger premises in 1989 and the Gallery expanded to fill the space with a new more contemporary gallery which hosts a year-round programme of high-quality temporary exhibitions.

The Gallery continues to enjoy widespread public support. It is visited by thousands of tourists every year and by more local residents than any other museum in Bath; and it has a thriving and supportive Friends organisation. Thanks to the generosity of individual donors and organisations including the Art Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund the Gallery’s collection continues to grow. Throughout the country, local authorities are trustworthy guardians of public museum collections that reflect thousands of generous individuals who have entrusted their treasured possessions into public ownership for others to enjoy forever.

The majority of the Victoria Art Gallery’s collection has come in this way, mostly from local people. It is an important resource for leisure, inspiration and education, and is available to everyone, whether on display or in store.

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Call

For more information about availability, fill out our short enquiry form or call us on 01225 477786.


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