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Coming up for Air: Stephen Gill – A Retrospective, Lisa Whiting Photography for Arnolfini 2021.


Thanks to the support of our partners Bristol Sight Loss Council and Sight Support West of England, we look forward to welcoming visually impaired visitors for a private tour of Coming up for Air: Stephen Gill – A Retrospective.

Our amazing visitor services staff, specifically trained by VocalEyes, will lead audio-described tours around the galleries. Visitors will also have the opportunity to engage in stimulating conversations regarding the connection between visual impairment, multi-sensory experiences, and the arts, and to start co-creating with us an accessible and unique cultural programme at Arnolfini for the years to come.


Access to the main entrance is via automatic doors from the quayside.



Two slots are available for guided tours:

  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • 10.45am to 11.45am

 Each group will consist of a maximum of 10 people.


Tea, coffee and biscuits will be offered at the end of the tours.


The tours will be followed by an informal session, from 12am to 1 pm. Visitors will be invited to join us for a conversation over a cup of tea exploring the question “How can Arnolfini be a more welcoming and creative space for blind and partially sighted audiences ?”.

This discussion will be co-facilitated by Arnolfini’s Engagement Producer Keiko Higashi, MA Curating student Lorenza Incorpora, and visually impaired independent dance artist and facilitator Holly Thomas.



There are lifts to all floors and level access to all public spaces, including galleries, shop and café bar.

Accessible toilets can be found on Floor -1, 0 and 2.

Wheelchairs are available to borrow for free, ask a member of staff if you require one.

Portable folding stools are available around the galleries for people to pick up and use.

Large text guide of the exhibition will be provided prior to the event.



By foot

We’re located on the harbourside, a ten minute walk from the city centre or a twenty minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station.


By car

We’re located on the harbourside around two miles from the M32 motorway.

There are 2 designated Blue Badge parking spaces within easy reach of Arnolfini in the Mud Dock City Docks car park, accessed via The Grove Car Park (BS1 4RB). There are also more spaces in the Grove Car Park. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

By Bus
Most city centre bus services stop within walking distance of Arnolfini. The nearest stops are at The Centre / Broad Quay and Queen Square, which is about a five minute walk away.

Marlborough Street Bus Station is a twenty minute walk away.


By Train
Arnolfini is a twenty minute walk or five minute taxi from Bristol Temple Meads railway station. A taxi rank can be found outside the station.

Details of Accessible Taxis are available here.



We encourage all visitors to please wear a face covering over mouth and nose when in the building. If you have any health issues around wearing a face covering, please let our team know. All members of our team also wear face coverings.

The session following the tours will be limited to 20 people to allow for social distancing and the room is fully ventilated.

We have extra sanitising and cleaning facilities in high touch point areas. Hand sanitising stations can be found throughout the building. Please use sanitiser provided on entry to the building.




There are 20 places available for this event.

To book a place, please e-mail:

Visitors will need to move around the building. If you require a Personal Guide or have any other access requirements, please specify it when you email us. Thank you!


Read the event information in a separate document here