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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Performance Archive Display
Archival displays of three key performance pieces which took place at Arnolfini in the 1970s and 1980s, featuring documents pertaining to Alastair MacLennan's Is No, Paul Neagu's Gradually Going Tornado and Rosemary Butcher Dance Company's Passage North...Digital and interactive Until Sunday April 9 2017
Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned For A Century Of New Beginnings
The Egyptian artist presents his latest work focusing on film which layers past, present and future, revealing social blueprints and ideologies that unfold across time.Contemporary art Friday April 14 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017