The Royal Photographic Society

Visually-arresting exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography

  • Art

The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol is dedicated to promoting the art and the science of photography. The RPS comprises of a gallery, 101-seat auditorium, plus an education and resource centre and is situated inside Paintworks' creative quarter in Arnos Vale. 

The RPS show four visually-arresting exhibitions annually of historical and contemporary photography. Each exhibition is accompanied by an exciting education programme of talks, workshops and screenings. They are a family-friendly venue and offer free self-serve tea and coffee to visitors. 

The gallery is open Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 11am-7pm, weekends 10am-5pm and bank holidays 10am-5pm. 

The Royal Photographic Society Bristol Photo by Rebecca Faith

Exhibition admission is £5 standard, £3 concession (OAP’s, students, blue badge holders and unemployed), members, under 18’s and carer’s no admission fee. Groups of 10 or more which are pre-booked will be charged at £45, including VAT.  

The RPS is an international charitable organisation founded in 1853 to educate the public on the art and the science of photography. The organisation has 11,300 members internationally all of whom care about photography deeply.

Membership is open to all and anyone can join regardless of photographic ability. Benefits include free entry to exhibitions at the RPS, discounts on workshops, events and a monthly copy of our award-winning members magazine RPS Journal. Join here:

The Royal Photographic Society Bristol Photo by Derryn Vranch

Don’t miss:

Ascend the stairwell through the history of photography outlined by photo historian and RPS Director of Education and Public Affairs Michael Pritchard.


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