Arnolfini is an international arts centre and gallery in Bristol, England. It has a programme of contemporary art exhibitions, artist's performance, music and dance events, poetry and book readings, talks, lectures and cinema. There is also a specialist art bookshop and a café bar. Educational activities are undertaken and experimental digital media work supported by online resources. Festivals are hosted by the gallery.
The gallery was founded in 1961 by Jeremy Rees, and was located in Clifton. In the 1970s it moved to Queen Square, before moving to its present location, Bush House on Bristol's waterfront, in 1975. The name of the gallery is taken from Jan van Eyck's 15th-century painting The Arnolfini Portrait. Arnolfini was refurbished and redeveloped in 1989 and 2005. Artists whose work has been exhibited include Bridget Riley, Rachel Whiteread, Richard Long and Jack Yeats. Performers have included Goat Island Performance Group, the Philip Glass Ensemble, and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. The gallery reached a new audience in April 2010, when it was chosen to host one of the three 2010 general election debates.
|Monday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
Brian B | Apr 27, 2018
The cafe / restaurant is fine and quite popular, though this is the sort of mostly young person's venue where Bristol's huge and growing vegetarian and vegan population might reasonably have expected to be significantly better catered for. As for the galleries, whenever my wife (who is an artist working in a wide range of media and styles) and I have ventured into them, they have usually been very sparsely populated with pretentious rubbish whose production required no talent and whose selection by the curator involved a lot of chutzpah in wasting such excellent display spaces. This type of alleged art probably appeals to a TINY proportion of Bristolians and our visitors. There are many wonderfully talented, creative people here and it's time we saw more of their work in the galleries of The Arnolfini.
Vinnett Alvaranga | May 23, 2018
Such a lovely venue. Great bar service, although busy the toilets were clean. Really enjoyed being a tourist for the day.
David Forrest | Jun 11, 2018
Grayson Perry was great but there aren’t enough good exhibitions to make this the arts centre it’s supposed to be. It appears that the Arnolfini is morphing more into a “so-so” cafe bar in an already saturated market. It needs to present more international and also local community artists on a more frequent basis to avoid becoming yet another cafe on the Harbourside.
Sophie Morgan | Apr 14, 2018
I think the new "Front Room" is fantastic. A very stylish and spacious area to get on with work and have a coffee, with lots of tables and seating. Has a very cool and chilled out atmosphere.
Jemsphantomcat1 | Jun 29, 2018
Went to the Grayson Perry exhibition. It was well done. Bristol should make more if the Arnolfini.
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