Arnolfini

Arnolfini art gallery Bristol harbour side
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Arnolfini is a contemporary arts organisation in Bristol that attracts half a million visits a year.

In a fantastic waterside location at the heart of Bristol’s harbourside, Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts, presenting innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, accompanied by a programme of educational activities. Five exhibition spaces, a theatre/cinema auditorium, Reading Room and Light/Dark Studios are housed in the Grade II listed, fully accessible building. The converted warehouse also contains one of the country’s best arts bookshops as well a café bar.

Arnolfini is open six days a week with free admission to the building, exhibitions as well as a stylish, lively café bar.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Galleries:
11am - 6pm, Tues - Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays
Closed Mondays

Bookshop:
11am - 6pm, Tues - Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays
Closed Mondays

Cafe Bar:
From 10am every day

Reading Room:
11am - 6pm, Tues - Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays
Closed Mondays

Closed: Mondays (except Bank Holidays)

Admission charges

Admission to the exhibitions is free.

In the visual art programme Arnolfini presents international developments and emerging trends through one-person and group exhibitions, commissions and projects. The programme 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 highly visual, often provocative and non-narrative productions, offers one of the most exciting perspectives on contemporary performance and dance in the UK. Arnolfini is committed to commissioning new work to enable artists to develop their practice and to experiment.

In Arnolfini's cinema you'll find a distinctive programme of independent film, featuring a range of cinema including themed seasons, artists films, special festivals, film/music events and arthouse titles.

The learning and interaction programme continues to develop projects with partners old and new, supporting teachers and groups to get the most out of our activities. Arnolfini also programmes and hosts a range of talks, events, courses and local festivals.

Arnolfini celebrated its 50th birthday in 2011. It was established in 1961 by Jeremy and Annabel Rees above a bookshop on the Triangle in central Bristol. Its policy then is still relevant today: "to seek out challenging, often controversial and sometimes relatively unknown artists and performers and to provide a vital showcase for their work." Arnolfini's move to Narrow Quay in 1975 proved a catalyst in attracting other businesses to the then neglected dockside; the revitalised waterfront is now a focal point for Bristol's social and cultural life.

Collection details

Photography, Performing Arts, Music, Fine Art, Film and Media, Design

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned For a Century of New Beginnings

  • 14 April — 6 August 2017 *on now

Arnolfini presents the first UK solo exhibition by visual artist Basim Magdy.

The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings is part of Deutsche Bank's ‘Artist of the Year’ programme and includes works on paper and in film, photography and slide projection that question the boundaries between reality, imagination and memory.

Basim Magdy’s work is rooted in dreams, scientific theory and failed utopian ambitions. Full of humour and quiet melancholy, his works reflect on the present social and political climate and our collective failure as, in the desire for progress, we repeat the same mistakes over and over again in a recurring cycle of aspiration, action and defeat.

In Basim Magdy’s recent films, there is a constant fluctuation in images, narrative and sound. These different elements are layered together like a collage; images reference reality, but combine with text to hint at new meanings. Magdy often works with experimental techniques to manipulate the analogue film that he works with, such as “pickling” film in household chemicals, or using light leaks and scratches and punched holes on the surface. The resulting colours and flickering abstractions of dots, drips and scratches layered on top of the image give a diffused sense of place, and a quality of timelessness.

Website

http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/basim-magdy-the-stars-were-aligned-for-a-century-of-new-beginnings

Playback Festival, ICA

Playback: Touring Exhibition in association with Random Acts

  • 18 — 28 August 2017

The award-winning short films that feature in this interactive exhibition have been created by 16-24 year-olds from all over England, including many young filmmakers from Bristol.

Presenting films that cover a wide variety of subjects and art forms, Playback reflects the concerns and vision of a diverse pool of young people working with film today. From narrative films about drag queens, super-heroes, job centres and zombies to animated stories that feature talking goldfish and radioactive snails.

The exhibition is made up of individual touchscreens, giving you the opportunity to choose the films you wish to see, from drama and comedy, to dance and spoken word.

“The Hollywood of tomorrow” - Dino Bonacic, because
“One of those projects that we personally think there should be a lot more of” - Finn Blythe, 10 magazine
“Any budding directors, actors or screenwriters should be in attendance” - babyface, i-D

Playback travels across the length and breadth of the country in some of England’s major galleries, cinemas and arts venues until March 2018. Other locations include London, Manchester, Newcastle, and York with more to be announced.

Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #Playback


Apply

Until 20 October 2017, 16-24 year-olds that are currently living or studying in the South West can still apply to be part of the project and have a chance to become one of 72 successful young people whose ideas will go into production over the next three years.

All successful applicants will be partnered with an industry mentor who will guide them through the filmmaking process and provide the equipment, training and crew that they need to create a broadcast-quality short film.

More information on how to apply can be found here: http://callingtheshots.co.uk/random-acts/



Playback is supported by...

The films featured in Playback were made possible by ICA, Calling the Shots, Rural Media, Screen South and Tyneside Cinema.

Playback is funded by Arts Council England and is a joint initiative with Channel 4 Random Acts.

Many of the short films are broadcast by Channel 4 on television or online as part of Random Acts’ First Acts series.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free - Donations welcome

Website

https://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/playback

Arnolfini
16 Narrow Quay
Bristol
City of Bristol
BS1 4QA
England

Website

www.arnolfini.org.uk

E-mail

General enquiries and Box Office

info@arnolfini.org.uk

Education and group visits

education@arnolfini.org.uk

Hires and hospitality

roomhire@arnolfini.org.uk

Telephone

General enquiries and Box Office

0117 917 2300

Kate Robinson- Hires and hospitality

0117 917 2313

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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