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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. A number of festivals are regularly hosted by the gallery.
The gallery was founded in 1961 by Jeremy Rees, and was originally 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 has since been 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.
It's tempting to say that the Arnofini is a bit "too art and avant gard" - but that would be unkind. Although not at all impressed by the photography exhibition on the ground floor - we did actually.... more »
A large spacious building with hardly any exhibits So for example, there’s one large white room with 2 TV screens in the middle of it one of which is playing a pointless slow motion film of people..... more »
Great harbour side cafe/bar - perfect for summer afternoons sat outside in the sunshine. Decent selection of beer including Bristol Beer Factory. Can get busy in summer
In a great spot right along the water front. Menu lots of great choices but disappointed that I couldn't get a coffee with Coconut or Almond milk. 😢
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