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About us

In a fantastic waterside location at the heart of Bristol’s harbourside, Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts, presenting innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, accompanied by a programme of learning and participation activities. Five exhibition spaces, a theatre/cinema auditorium, Reading Room and Light/Dark Studios are housed in the Grade II listed, fully accessible building. The converted warehouse also contains one of the country’s best arts Shops as well as a Café Bar serving the best in local and seasonal produce.

Arnolfini is a registered charity, core funded by Arts Council England and in receipt of regular funding from Bristol City Council.

Entrance to the building and the exhibition spaces is completely free

... making Arnolfini an ideal place to spend some time whether you've just got a few minutes or a few hours to spare.

The perfect place to soak up the sun

Sitting on the quayside with a drink on a sunny evening is a quintessentially Bristol experience. Arnolfini’s Café Bar serves a menu of mediterranean inspired, locally sourced food and fairtrade tea and coffee

Arnolfini and UWE have agreed an exciting new partnership that will enhance Arnolfini and the cultural offer on the harbourside in Bristol.

Together we will focus on ideas leadership and talent development using our combined creativity and resources to jointly offer a more dynamic programme of exhibitions, talks and other activities to students of UWE and visitors to the Arnolfini. In September students on a number of UWE’s creative courses including Graphic Arts, Drama, Drawing and Applied Arts will be located at Arnolfini. As part of the partnership we will make improvements to Arnolfini’s spaces to improve visitor experience and to accommodate students. 
The partnership builds on existing work with UWE and offers an exciting new future for the gallery.

Kate Brindley, CEO, Arnolfini

Arnolfini history

Arnolfini was established in 1961, moving to its current harbourside location in 1975 - a Grade II listed former tea warehouse dating from the 1830s. Read more about Arnolfini's history here.

Board of Trustees

Arnolfini is managed by a Council of Management, which is made up of Trustees from a broad range of backgrounds. 

Plus Tate

Arnolfini is a partner of Tate, and exchanges programmes, ideas and skills with the Plus Tate network of visual arts organisations across the UK. More info at Tate website.