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What's On

Find out What’s On at Arnolfini, from exhibitions and family events to talks, performances and film screenings. At the top of the page below you’ll find details of what’s on in our spaces today, with forthcoming events and exhibitions shown chronologically underneath. You can easily navigate different types of activities using the categories on the left hand side of the page.

Today Sunday 22 October 2017

TONGUE FU FEAT. DIZRAELI + Special Guests.

TONGUE FU FEAT. DIZRAELI + Special Guests.

Sunday 22 October 2017, 19:30 to 21:30

£14 / Members £11 (+ booking fee) Book

Guest Event: Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival bring you the UK’s leading spoken word and music show at Arnolfini this autumn.
Bristol Family Arts Festival

Bristol Family Arts Festival

Sunday 01 October 2017 to Wednesday 01 November 2017, 00:00

A month long citywide celebration of family creativity, with a packed programme of events for all ages!
Grayson Perry: Saturday tours

Grayson Perry: Saturday tours

Saturday 30 September 2017 to Saturday 23 December 2017, 12:00 to 12:40

Join us every Saturday at midday for a free tour of Grayson Perry's exhibition, led by Arnolfini staff and volunteers
Grayson Perry: Private Tours and Workshops

Grayson Perry: Private Tours and Workshops

Thursday 28 September 2017 to Friday 15 December 2017, 09:30 to 11:00

Free

An opportunity for schools and community groups to explore our autumn exhibition out-of-hours.
Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Wednesday 27 September 2017 to Sunday 24 December 2017, 11:00 to 18:00

Free

A major exhibition by one of the world’s most charismatic artists and astute commentators on contemporary society. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11am to 6pm.
Imagine New Rules

Imagine New Rules

Wednesday 27 September 2017 to Sunday 24 December 2017, 11:00 to 18:00

Free

As Arnolfini enters a new chapter in 2018, we want to tear up the rulebook that decides what a centre for contemporary arts should be. Its time for us to imagine new rules.

More forthcoming events

SOLD OUT: An Evening with Grayson Perry

SOLD OUT: An Evening with Grayson Perry

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 19:30 to 20:45

SOLD OUT

At this special event Grayson Perry will offer insight into his artistic practice, influences and view of the world post-Brexit. Now at St George's Bristol
Guest event: Afrika Eye presents Badou Boy and Touki Bouki

Guest event: Afrika Eye presents Badou Boy and Touki Bouki

Thursday 26 October 2017, 18:00 to 21:00

£7/£5 (concessions) Book

Guest Event: Afrika Eye presents an evening celebrating the work of Djibril Diop Mambéty, maverick Senegalese filmmaker, still regarded as one of the most important African filmmakers of all time: a ...
SOLD OUT: IC-Visual lab: The Worst Kind of Betrayal. An evening with Natasha Caruana

SOLD OUT: IC-Visual lab: The Worst Kind of Betrayal. An evening with Natasha Caruana

Thursday 26 October 2017, 19:00 to 20:30

SOLD OUT

IC-Visual Lab presents an evening with photographer Natasha Caruana who will talk about cheating, performing love and excess.
Late: Beacons, Icons and Dykons present Angora Nights

Late: Beacons, Icons and Dykons present Angora Nights

Friday 27 October 2017 to Saturday 28 October 2017, 19:00 to 01:00

£5 / £3 Book

A 'Museums at Night' special, featuring a rare screening of Tim Burton's seminal film Ed Wood, including performances, discussions and after party.
Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! - Relaxed Opening

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! - Relaxed Opening

Sunday 29 October 2017, 10:00 to 11:00

Free, booking essential Book

Enjoy "Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!" at a relaxed early opening
The Architecture Centre: West Country Modern

The Architecture Centre: West Country Modern

Wednesday 01 November 2017, 18:30 to 20:00

£7/£5 Book

Reinterpreting Modernism for the 21st Century.
Headlong & The Guardian present: Brexit Shorts

Headlong & The Guardian present: Brexit Shorts

Thursday 09 November 2017, 19:00 to 21:00

£6 / £4 Book

A screening of short films followed by a conversation led by Guardian journalist Chris Wiegand.
Late: Debunk with Libita Clayton, Jeanie Sinclair and Clawson & Ward

Late: Debunk with Libita Clayton, Jeanie Sinclair and Clawson & Ward

Friday 10 November 2017 to Saturday 11 November 2017, 19:00 to 01:00

£5 / £3 Book

Join us for an artist-led gathering using sound, performance and moving image, creating space for different narratives to be told.
 Room 237 Presents Aleksi Perala, Broken English Club, Giant Swan

Room 237 Presents Aleksi Perala, Broken English Club, Giant Swan

Saturday 11 November 2017 to Sunday 12 November 2017, 20:00 to 02:00

£10 / £12 / £15 Book

Room 237 return for their fourth outing at Arnolfini for another evening of forward facing, exploratory electronic music from across the world.
Drag Queen Story Time

Drag Queen Story Time

Tuesday 14 November 2017, 10:30 to 11:30

Free

Join us for a magical morning of fantastic stories and fabulous tales as we weave a story inspired by artworks, dressing up and teddy bears!
Drawing Resource Exchange

Drawing Resource Exchange

Thursday 16 November 2017, 10:00 to 13:00

£20 Book

Guest Event: The Drawing Resource Exchange is an event for artists, tutors, teachers, students and drawing enthusiasts.
Nikesh Shukla in Conversation

Nikesh Shukla in Conversation

Thursday 16 November 2017, 19:00 to 20:30

£5 / £3 Book

Nikesh Shukla presents outcomes from his residency at Arnolfini.
Drag Queen Story Time at Junction 3 Library

Drag Queen Story Time at Junction 3 Library

Monday 20 November 2017, 14:30 to 15:30

Free

Join us for a magical afternoon of fantastic stories and fabulous tales as we weave a story inspired by artworks, dressing up and teddy bears!
Offsite - We Are Family at Hillfields Library

Offsite - We Are Family at Hillfields Library

Saturday 25 November 2017, 13:00 to 16:00

Free

Join artist India Harvey to make, play and explore the themes of Grayson Perry's exhibition.
Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! - Relaxed Opening

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! - Relaxed Opening

Sunday 26 November 2017, 22:00 to 23:00

Free, booking essential Book

Enjoy "Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!" at a relaxed early opening
Bring Your Baby Tour

Bring Your Baby Tour

Tuesday 28 November 2017, 11:00 to 12:00

£3 per adult Book

A special gallery tour designed for parents and carers to explore the exhibition in an environment that welcomes babies.
The Architecture Centre: Campus of Ideas

The Architecture Centre: Campus of Ideas

Wednesday 29 November 2017, 18:30 to 20:00

£7 / £5 Book

Architect Yasmin Al-Ani Spence will discuss the innovative work undertaken for Dyson, as well as other Wilkinson Eyre projects, and talk about her own journey into architecture.
Josie Long and Joff Winterhart

Josie Long and Joff Winterhart

Thursday 30 November 2017, 19:00 to 20:30

£8/£6 conc. Book

An evening of conversation with Josie Long and Joff Winterhart
Late: Thorny with Lone Taxidermist

Late: Thorny with Lone Taxidermist

Friday 01 December 2017 to Saturday 02 December 2017, 20:00 to 02:00

£10/£8 Book

An immersive one night artist-led takeover by Bristol-based collective THORNY
Architecture Centre talk:  Materiality with Eckersley O’Callaghan

Architecture Centre talk: Materiality with Eckersley O’Callaghan

Wednesday 06 December 2017, 18:30 to 20:00

£7 / £5 Book

Founding director of Eckersley O’Callaghan, Brian Eckersley, looks at the creative and collaborative approach that has produced such beautiful and cutting-edge structures as the Skypool and Apple ...
Biggerhouse films present ‘different voices’

Biggerhouse films present ‘different voices’

Friday 08 December 2017, 19:00 to 21:00

Free, booking essential Book

Watch films and take part in a discussion about the next step for Neurodiverse filmmaking.
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Galleries 11am-6pm
Bookshop 11am-6pm
Café Bar 10am-10pm
Reading Room 11am-6pm

Events and Exhibitions