Arnolfini

Bristol, BS1 4QA

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An interdisciplinary contemporary arts space housed in a re-purposed 19th-century warehouse on Bristol's harbourside.

When Jeremy Ress founded Arnolfini in 1961 he said he wanted to place a sign over the door saying 'Enjoy yourself'. Its a sentiment that remains integral today the organisation today, which offers a varied programme of visual art, performance, film, dance and music.

Arnolfini is committed to developing and showcasing the work of living artists. As well as staging exhibitions by prominent contemporary figures – such as Richard Long and John Akomfrah – it also actively commissions the production of new art, which often involves an aspect of public collaboration.

Arnolfini was a finalist for Museum of the Year in 2016.

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While Arnolfini does not hold a permanent art collection, it has established a 5,000 item archive that documents the highlights of its 55 year history. Included are exhibition slides, posters and publications, which have been catalogued and made available for public viewing at the Bristol Record Office.

Arnolfini also holds one of the largest and most significant collections of artists' books in the UK.

Art we’ve helped buy at Arnolfini

In 2016 Arnolfini received an Art Fund grant to initiate an oral histories project, which will preserve the memories of the people who were involved in the founding of the organisation.

Venue information

Opening times

Tue–Sun, 11am – 6pm
Closed on Mondays, except Bank Holidays

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)