Press Releases

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    Wednesday, 6th May 2020

    Arnolfini are delighted to announce plans for their major exhibitions post lockdown, sharing the common, pertinent theme of portraiture, family and friends, with Chantal Joffe and in Hassan Hajjaj’s The Path.

  • Announcing Arnolfini’s Winter/Spring 2020 programme

    Friday, 13th December 2019

    Arnolfini today announces its Winter/Spring 2020 programme. With a focus on experiences and stories of migration, the first season of the year at Bristol’s international centre for contemporary art sees the presentation of Australia’s 2019 Venice Biennale artist Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY and Bristol-based artist Amak Mahmoodian’s Zanjir.

  • Arts Council England commits new investment for Arnolfini

    Thursday, 5th September 2019

    Arnolfini, Bristol’s international centre for contemporary art, and Arts Council England (ACE) today (4th September) announce a major new investment of £1.8 million until 2022, that secures the sustainable future of the gallery presenting a bold new programme over the next three years.

  • Arnolfini to explore history of resistance in Bristol with major exhibition

    Friday, 30th August 2019

    Arnolfini, Bristol’s international centre for contemporary art, will stage a major exploration celebrating the city’s history as a hotbed of radical feminist and queer resistance, placing the work of local artists and collectives alongside individuals and groups from around the world, from the 19th century onwards.

  • Fluffy Library comes to Arnolfini, Bristol’s international centre for contemporary arts

    Tuesday, 25th June 2019

    For Summer 2019, Arnolfini is coming to life with Fluffy Library, an installation by visiting Greek artist Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou – her giant furry monster, ‘Fluffy’, is taking up residence, spreading itself out across the gallery, and eating all the books.

  • New leadership team announced

    Friday, 8th March 2019

    At the end of January Arnolfini announced the first stage of its transition to a refreshed organisation as a subsidiary charity of the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). This decision, coupled with the continued support of Arts Council England has created a platform for the next stage in its 55 year journey.

  • Our Future

    Monday, 28th January 2019

    Press announcement – Monday 28 January 2019. Arnolfini announces today that it plans to enter a new partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) as a subsidiary charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), significantly improving Arnolfini’s ongoing financial position and greatly increasing the chances of securing a new long-term funding relationship with Arts Council England.

  • Autumn at Arnolfini: Grayson Perry, #newrules, new programme and a new Café Bar partner

    Wednesday, 20th September 2017

    As Bristol’s major centre for contemporary arts prepares for an exhibition expected to attract in excess of 75,000 visitors to the city, today Arnolfini announces further details of its autumn season.

  • Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

    Wednesday, 26th July 2017

    This autumn, Arnolfini is welcoming a major exhibition by Grayson Perry, one of the world’s most charismatic artists and astute commentators on contemporary society, to Bristol.

  • Playback: Touring Exhibition in association with Random Acts

    Thursday, 29th June 2017

    Arnolfini welcomes touring exhibition Playback, a dynamic display of over 200 short films made by young artist filmmakers from all across England.

  • John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea nominated for South Bank Sky Arts Award 2017

    Tuesday, 6th June 2017

    The South Bank Sky Arts Awards honour the very best of British culture. Arnolfini’s exhibition of John Akomfrah’s acclaimed video installation Vertigo Sea, has been nominated in the ‘Visual Arts’ category.

  • Basim Magdy exhibition extended

    Wednesday, 31st May 2017

    Arnolfini is pleased to announce the extension of its current exhibition by Basim Magdy. The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings is Magdy’s first major UK solo exhibition and will now remain open at Arnolfini until 6 August 2017.

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