Bristol art world big dog that’s always worth a visit – even just for the bookshop and the brownies
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the Arnolfini Café has the best brownies this side of the pearly gates. Aside from that, the ’fini is a Bristol institution, with three floors dedicated to contemporary art in all its forms – from the calmly experimental to the downright bizarre.
It’s an enormous old building that used to be a tea warehouse, in an unbeatable location, smack bang on the harbourside. There are live events throughout the year, from performances and one-off workshops to festivals. (The mind-scrambling live art fest In Between Time springs to mind.) There’s a cosy reading room where you can broaden your knowledge or just watch the water, and there’s also a bloody good bookshop.
In the summer it’s also the unofficial lounging spot for a post-work pint of cider. Take a seat on the pavement, lean back against the wall and don’t forget the brownies.
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Selina Thompson: Salt
A performance exploring notions of home and journeying, based on the experiences of two artists as they retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle, from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back.Performance art Thursday May 12 2016 - Thursday May 19 2016Read more