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What's happening at Arnolfini?

During 2018, Arnolfini is making some changes. We decided to pause the exhibition programme so that we could build an ambitious new vision for Arnolfini’s future as Bristol’s international artshouse. Our exhibitions will be returning soon. Meanwhile, we have a full programme of events and performances in our theatre and other spaces. Pick up a leaflet at the front desk, join our mailing list to get news straight to your inbox, and see our what's on page for information about future events. We look forward to seeing you at Arnolfini soon.

*** Update from our Director

"Today Arts Council England published a report following their Visual Arts Review which aimed to “identify a proposition, or set of potential options, which will achieve sustainable, long-term step change in the visual arts in Bristol over the period 2018-22”. The independent report authored by James Lingwood and Godfrey Worsdale and the Arts Council’s response can be downloaded here

We are really pleased to see that the significance and potential of Bristol’s dynamic and vital visual arts ecology and the city’s appetite for a “vibrant critical culture” has been recognised in this review. 

We particularly welcome the Review’s recognition of the value of Arnolfini’s identity, reach and spaces, its identification of the urgent need for support across the artist-led sector and the opportunity that a city-wide visual arts project might bring to catalyse new opportunities and ambitions.

Arnolfini is already working in collaboration with UWE and other partners across the city to radically reimagine both our business model and our future programming vision. This work will continue apace as part of Arts Council England’s next phase of the Visual Arts Review over the next few months and we look forward to sharing news with you as soon as we can." 

Claire Doherty, 27th March 2018 


 A note from our Director on 2018

I want the new Arnolfini to be an arts organisation of which Bristol can be truly proud: a convenor and a catalyst; a champion for the under-represented and under-heard; an advocate of Bristol internationally and a beacon of the most inspirational contemporary arts.

We want to grow a place where all forms of culture are experienced, made, produced and celebrated. We plan for international exhibitions to continue to play a significant part in our programme, but we also envisage Arnolfini as more than just a venue. We want it to be an organisation which sparks new ideas, new perspectives and connections across the city.

To grow this kind of ambitious creative resource with our partners, Arnolfini will establish smarter ways to generate its own funds to ensure that any public investment that we receive is focused on our cultural and engagement programme.

Being part of the national Change Creation programme offers us the opportunity to share this learning nationally with others who are developing more resilient, more relevant arts organisations for the 21st century.

I want to give the organisation the time and space for these changes to take root, so 2018 will be a year of transition for Arnolfini.

During this period, you’ll find us trialling new ways of using our spaces, nourishing creative practice through located fellowships, studio residencies, and welcoming new residents to our studios on the second floor.

Our ground floor is open, with special projects and events planned throughout the spring in our new Front Room and others spaces. Our bookshop and cafe/bar are also open seven days a week. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Claire Doherty, Arnolfini Director, January 2018


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