Arnolfini, Bristol’s international centre for contemporary art, and Arts Council England have announced a major new investment of £1.8 million until 2022, that secures the sustainable future of the gallery.

The gallery has relaunched as an independent charity that is part of UWE Bristol in a partnership that was announced in January 2019. UWE also owns Bush House, the distinctive waterfront building Arnolfini has inhabited since 1975, and the organisations will work closely together to ensure mutual benefit to artists, audiences, academics and students.

In its role as a piovtal venue for contemporary and visual arts in Bristol, Arnolfini has hosted many fine multi-media and purely musical events, alongside their appeals to our visual senses. This investment will help them to continue working with and supporting local artists and communities while also bringing the best in international artists to work and exhibit in the city.

Arnolfini is due to announce its full 2020 programme in the coming months. Collaboration and partnership will be at the heart of Arnolfini’s new open approach to cultural programming, working with a diverse range of organisations to create opportunities for audiences that would not otherwise exist in Bristol or the South West. This new model allows for takeovers, short and long term residencies and relationships, hosting work by collaborating institutions and working across multiple sites and with other partners in the city.

The relaunch begins with the opening on 13th September of Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance – Act 3, a major new exhibition enabled by existing interim ACE funding. It is a timely exhibition exploring the role that women have played in the history of resistance movements, as well as alternative forms of living from a gendered perspective.

See the video for Erland Cooper’s ‘Spoot Ebb’ here. Erland plays at Arnolfini on 27th November: