Bristol

Arnolfini


Arnolfini is Bristol’s International Centre for Contemporary Arts located on the harbourside in the heart of the city.

Woven into the fabric of Bristol since 1961, Arnolfini is a pioneer of interdisciplinary contemporary arts, 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 arts and learning, welcoming half a million visitors each year and offering an innovative, inclusive and engaging experience for all.

An internationally-renowned institution, Arnolfini supports and develops work by living artists and celebrates the heritage and wide-reaching impact of the organization by sharing a 55 year archive of exhibition slides, publications and artist book collection with the public and artists, inspiring new commissions.

Find us at...

  • Arnolfini
  • 16 Narrow Quay
  • Bristol
  • BS1 4QA

Our family-friendly offer

Arnolfini runs an exciting programme of events for families and children, and welcomes visitors of all ages to explore the galleries.

Our regular programme of family events includes We Are Family, drop in workshops run by some of the most exciting contemporary artists, interactive and experimental Family Storytelling, and national initiatives such as our annual Big Draw event and the Family Arts Festival.

We also offer a wide selection of children's books in our bookshop and baby changing facilities.

To speak to our team about family offers at Arnolfini please email clare.karslake@arnolfini.org.uk 


Accessibility

We aim to make all visitors welcome. For help planning your visit please download the following:

Our building was redeveloped to ensure that physical access within the building was improved for everyone. Our facilities include:

  • Lifts access to all floors of Arnolfini.
  • Baby changing facilities to make it easier for those with young children.
  • Accessible toilets on every floor of the building.
  • An induction hearing loop system.
  • Large print exhibition guides are available in the galleries, from the Welcome Desk and in the Reading Room.
  • During exhibitions, transcripts and large print transcripts are available for any audio pieces in the galleries and from the Welcome Desk.
  • Accessible parking spaces directly outside the main entrance (accessed via Farr’s Lane. If you don’t have an assistant, please phone ahead to get the barrier lifted). These spaces require a parking permit which can be collected from the front desk on arrival and are issued on a first come first served basis.
  • A wheelchair available for use inside the building.
  • We are very happy to welcome Guide and Assistance Dogs.

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