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Arnolfini is Bristol’s International Centre for Contemporary Arts located on the harbourside in the heart of the city.

Woven into the fabric of Bristol since 1961, Arnolfini is an international centre of interdisciplinary contemporary arts, presenting an ambitious, diverse programme of visual art, performance, dance, film, and music, designed to appeal to a broad audience.

Housed in a prominent Grade II listed, accessible building on the city’s harbourside, Arnolfini is a pioneering, inspiring public space for arts and learning, offering an innovative, inclusive, and engaging experience for all.

A world-renowned institution, throughout its history Arnolfini’s programme has welcomed artists from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds, supporting and developing their work, investigating their influences and aspirations.

Arnolfini nurtures long-standing relationships with a wide range of community and creative partners, while continuing to explore and develop new opportunities across the city and beyond.

Through sharing a 60-year archive of exhibition slides, publications, and an extensive artist book collection Arnolfini celebrate the heritage and wide-reaching impact the organisation has had throughout its history.

Since 2019, Director Gary Topp and team have sought to honour Arnolfini’s founder Jeremy Rees’ principle to ‘Enjoy Yourself’; welcoming everyone into the space, and inviting engagement with the wide-ranging programme, in any number of ways.

Arnolfini is an independent charity (CIO) and part of the University of the West of England, Bristol, supported by Arts Council England and the Ashley Clinton Barker-Mills Trust.

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As a charity, Arnolfini relies on donations to fund our activities. By donating, you can help us continue to provide free arts activities for all. Please donate when you next visit or online here.


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 information available on the Tate website

Bristol DIY Network
Arnolfini is a member of The Bristol DIY Network; an independent gathering of arts organisations, large and small, funded and unfunded, all of whom deliver cultural programmes within the city of Bristol. Read more here.

Arnolfini | History and Archive
Arnolfini has been at the heart of Bristol since 1961. We’ve been busy compiling our history and extensive archive, please read more here. If you have any memories you’d like to share, we would love to hear from you at

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