The Arnolfini Story
Arnolfini has always been committed to showing new art work, to looking forward along the cutting edge of artistic experimentation. While to look back at what we have achieved, after more than 5 decades of programming, is to find a uniquely rich and valuable heritage.
Arnolfini’s story is interwoven with many others: the story of the development of the contemporary arts from the middle of the 20th century to the present day; the story of our home city, Bristol; and, of course, the stories of the many, many individuals who have been involved in the organisation over the years, whether as visitors, artists, or staff members.
The Arnolfini Story project is an exploration and celebration of this. Through it, we offer information and material from our archives, invite our visitors and colleagues to share their own memories of Arnolfini, and commission artists and writers to produce new responses to our history (see links below). We hope that as a result, our heritage will become a rich public resource.
Follow the links at the right hand side of this page to learn more about current and upcoming Arnolfini Story events.
To find out more about Arnolfini’s history, please see the link below.
Arnolfini’s physical archive is housed at the Bristol Record Office. More and more of it is being catalogued – including our artists’ book collection, exhibition slides, and Arnolfini publications - making it accessible for public viewing at the Record Office search room. For details of Bristol Record Office opening hours, please see here.
For any queries pertaining to Arnolfini’s history or archive, please contact Programme Assistant (Archive) Phil Owen on firstname.lastname@example.org