Arnolfini Bristol
Photo by Hannah Atkinson


A contemporary arts space with a diverse programme of events

  • Art
  • Theatre

Arnolfini is a centre for contemporary arts based on Bristol’s 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 arts, performance, dance, film, music, workshops and family events, carefully curated to appeal to a broad audience and underpinned by a commitment to a dynamic civic role in the city.

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 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 bookshop Bristol

Cultural coffee spot

Along with its thought-provoking exhibitions, Arnolfini holds one of the best waterfront positions on Bristol Harbourside and its onsite cafe/bar (managed by independent brewery Bristol Beer Factory) has indoor and outdoor tables on the quayside where you can soak up the views. Don't miss the onsite bookshop, stocked with prints, books and magazines on design, photography, culture and art.



  • Accessible to wheelchair users
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
  • Wheelchairs for use
  • Disabled parking nearby
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Facilities for deaf and hard of hearing people
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