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Welcome to Arnolfini
Join us at Arnolfini, with exhibitions across our galleries, foyer, Reading Room as well as in both our Light and Dark Studios. Booking gives access to all exhibitions in our current programme, please make a reservation for all guests attending. We will have limited walk-up capacity available on the day.
COMING UP FOR AIR: STEPHEN GILL – A RETROSPECTIVE
In Autumn 2021 Arnolfini will celebrate over thirty years of extraordinary practice from Bristol-born photographer Stephen Gill, drawing together new previously un-exhibited work, alongside works from other iconic series including Hackney Flowers, Buried, Talking to Ants, Night Procession, Pigeons, Coexistence and Coming up for Air. Also featuring the first UK presentation of images from award winning photographic series and book The Pillar, the exhibition will explore Gill’s rich sense of place, leading us through the flea markets and towpaths of Hackney Wick in London, to his current rural surroundings amidst the Swedish countryside.
Creating numerous distinct bodies of work, Gill – described as a ‘documentarist’, ‘anthropologist’ and ‘dazzling visual poet’ – has built his photographic career upon an ethos of experimentation. Eschewing a signature style in order to adapt both his creative and technical approach to the subject at hand, has led to alchemical ‘experiments’ including photographic burials, floral collage, in-camera photograms and submerging work within a watery world.
Work by Ian Breakwell, a world-renowned artist who played a key role in Bristol’s art scene as a young man. We will reflect on our history with the artist and his time in Bristol as part of our 60th anniversary celebrations in 2021. Across our second floor, you will find Breakwell's Continuous Diary project, a focus of his 1977 exhibition at Arnolfini, Carry More Home It’s Smart to be Greedy, commissioned by Arnolfini for the digital newscaster outside the Bristol Hippodrome, as part of the exhibition On Site (also 1977), and UNWORD (1969/2003), a film created with Mike Legget from a series of performance pieces of the same name, partly shot in Bristol.
The Reading Room will host a display of material from Arnolfini’s archive, delving into how Breakwell’s work was presented and received in Bristol in the 1970s, supported by responses from young artists working in Bristol today.
NOT THE SAME POET, BUT ALWAYS AN ARTIST
Hazel Hammond has been a poet and an artist for over 40 years. In 2018 she had a stroke and now lives with Aphasia. Learning to use words again is tricky for a poet! Aphasia is a changing condition affecting over 350,000 people in the UK impacting on ability to speak, write and read. Not the Same Poet, But Always an Artist explores the effects of Aphasia on Hazel’s work as she rediscovers her artistic practice through drawings, film making and other artforms.
Drawing and artistic expression have been vital to her recovery. This work tells Hazel’s story visually, and she hopes it will support other people living with Stroke and their families, raising awareness of the vital role that arts can play in recovery.
Keep Safe and Enjoy Yourself
The health and safety of our customers and staff is our priority. While Government restrictions have eased, we continue to take a cautious approach by limiting numbers into our spaces, to allow for social distancing, and ask visitors to wear face coverings to help protect everyone, particularly those who may have a disability or are clinical vulnerable. We want everyone to enjoy a safe and comfortable visit to Arnolfini.
We bring international contemporary art to our community in Bristol and beyond, welcoming everyone to participate in our work. We are a registered charity (311504) and rely on the generous support of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations to realise our ambition. Please support us if you can.