Arnolfini’s summer exhibition The Promise has been the inspiration for an exciting range of family-focused workshops, activities and events, designed to encourage children to rediscover the city and see it in a whole new way.
There are still lots of opportunities to get involved in The Promise family activities, come rain or shine!
On level 2 in the gallery, families have been visiting a special interaction space. Here you can add your own crazy residents to The Promise Hotel and build make-believe cities with giant blocks.
Photo Rosie Faragher
Local illustrator Rosie Faragher has created a Family Guide which offers ways for children and parents to engage with the exhibition. The guide is available from Box Office and in the family area on level 2. There are characters for children to colour in, cut out and find a new home for in Bristol. Why not take a picture and share your character’s adventure with us on Twitter @ArnolfiniArts #PromiseBristol
Photos Rosie Faragher
Why not take a picture and share your character’s adventure with us on Twitter, like Rosie Faragher has with her skater girl? @ArnolfiniArts #PromiseBristol
Throughout the summer, Assemble have been transforming Leigh Woods into a place for play. The interactive project aims to open up Leigh Woods for more sustained and varied use by children and their families. Still to come is a Tree Play and Mud Play Workshop – be prepared to get messy!
Photos Max McClure
Arnolfini has teamed up with Sustrans to offer bike rides across Bristol which take in The Promise highlights and open up conversations about a sustainable city. Another way to get the whole family outside together is on a foraging expedition with expert Andy Hamilton, ending in making your own hedgerow mocktails on The Downs.
Photo Max McClure
On grey days, there is still fun to be had in the gallery. Every Tuesday morning from 10:30am, pop in for storytelling with a member of the Arnolfini team, a local children’s author or one of our friendly volunteers. On the last Saturday of each month there is a free Family Film Screening in the Dark Studio followed by a We Are Family activity session, inspired by the things you will see in the galleries. For parents with children under one, during the Family Arts Festival, Arnolfini staff will lead a special Buggy Tour of the gallery. This is a great chance for parents who are interested in art to meet and chat in a relaxed environment.