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Arnolfini is an international centre for contemporary arts centre situated in Bristol’s vibrant harbourside, presenting new and innovative work in visual arts, performance, dance, film, literature and music, plus numerous workshops, talks and events. Arnolfini runs one of the best arts bookshops in the UK with an extensive range of related books, magazines and gifts, and a popular and stylish quayside café-bar - a great place in which to drink, eat and meet friends.

The organisation is named after Jan van Eyck’s masterpiece ‘The Arnolfini Marriage’ (1434) depicting the merchant and arts patron Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife. Based in Bush House, an impressive waterfront warehouse, Arnolfini is open seven days a week with free admission to the building, exhibitions and café bar. Outside the Arnolfini on the waterfront is a statue of John Cabot.

The Arnolfini was established in 1961 by Jeremy and Annabel Rees above a bookshop on the Triangle in central Bristol. The Arnolfini moved to Narrow Quay occupying two floors of Bush House in 1975 and other businesses followed turning the dockside into a venue for Bristol’s social and cultural life. It is funded by the Arts Council and Bristol City Council.

There are literary readings, music events, design and architecture lectures as well as single and group exhibitions, commissions and projects. There is an Access and Education programme of tours, talks and events. Planning visits is essential to get the most out of the programmes.

The gallery programme presents international developments and emerging trends in visual art. It draws attention to important British artists at an early stage of their career and presents timely exhibitions by major international artists. The Live Art and Dance programme, with its mix of provocative productions, from short experimental pieces to dazzling dance shows, offers one of the most exciting perspectives on contemporary performance in the UK.

In the cinema you will find an ongoing programme of the best independent, arthouse and foreign film. There are regular Double Bills – two films for the price of one! There are also occasional screenings of artists’ film and video.



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