Arnolfini Exhibitions
Book in advance to see our exhibitions, we are open Thursday - Sunday 12pm - 5pm, each week
Arnolfini is Bristol’s international centre for contemporary art, located on the harbourside in the heart of the city. We are re-open, Thursday - Sunday, 12pm - 5pm, each week, with a greatly reduced capacity.

Woven into the fabric of Bristol since 1961, Arnolfini is a pioneer of interdisciplinary contemporary art, presenting an ambitious programme of visual art, performance, dance, film and music. Housed in a fully-accessible building at the heart of the harbourside, Arnolfini is an inspiring public space for contemporary art and learning, welcoming half a million visitors each year and offering an innovative, inclusive and engaging experience for all.

We are currently presenting major exhibitions by Chantal Joffe: For Esme - with Love and Squalor and Hassan Hajjaj: The Path, sharing the common, pertinent theme of portraiture, family and friends. Our Winter programme will launch on 14 November 2020, focusing health and wellbeing through photography drawn from the Hyman Collection, co-curated in partnership with Creative Shift and Fresh Arts, Bristol’s leading organisations, providing creative wellbeing activities, to adults who are experiencing or are vulnerable to, isolation and mental health challenges. A Picture of Health will open on 14 November 2020 and Jo Spence: From Fairytales to Phototherapy will open on 4 December 2020.

Everyone is welcome but please book a slot to support us welcoming you safely back to the galleries at a specified time. To book, select the day you wish to visit from the drop-down menu on the right hand side, this will take you through to available time slots for that day. Children are very welcome, please do just include them in your allocation when you book. A limited amount of walk-ups will be available on the day, but you may need to queue and wait for entry.

Entry is free, but please consider supporting Arnolfini with a donation so our work can reach everyone in our community. If you are unable to make a donation, please scroll down and enter zero on the custom donation page and you will not be charged. Arnolfini Gallery CIO, registered charity number: 311504.

If you have any questions about the booking process, please email our Visitor Services team on and they will get back to you as soon as they can (we do have a reduced staff team in place, so please bear with us).

Keep Safe and Enjoy Yourself
The health and safety of our customers and staff is our priority. We’ve introduced new measures so you can enjoy a safe and comfortable visit to Arnolfini. We ask all visitors to please wear a face covering over mouth and nose when in the building and to respect social distancing. Please visit our website for full details of the guidance we have put in place:

Contact details for exhibition bookers will be captured and retained for 21 days, to support the NHS Test & Trace scheme.