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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 a pioneer of interdisciplinary contemporary arts, presenting an ambitious, eclectic programme of visual art, performance, dance, film and music, carefully curated to appeal to a broad audience.

Housed in a prominent Grade II listed, accessible building on Bristol’s harbourside, Arnolfini is an inspiring public space for contemporary arts and learning, greeting over half a million visitors each year and offering an innovative, inclusive and engaging experience for all.

An internationally-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 has long-standing relationships with a variety of partners and celebrates the heritage and wide-reaching impact of the organisation through sharing a 60 year archive of exhibition slides, publications and artist book collection.

In 2019, Arnolfini relaunched its major exhibition programme with Still I Rise: Feminism, Gender and Resistance Act 3 and continues to build on the multicultural, diverse and inclusive ethos that has prevailed since its inception.

Arnolfini remains at the heart of the Bristol community, always mindful of founding director Jeremy Rees’ principle to ‘Enjoy Yourself’, inviting everyone to join in.


Arnolfini is an independent organisation, proud to be a part of the University of the West of England, Bristol, supported by Arts Council England and the Ashley Clinton Barker-Mills Trust, and run with the invaluable guidance of its Board of Trustees.

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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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