Arnolfini Summer Brochure 2014

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Exhibitions, events, screenings and activities from one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts.

Text of Arnolfini Summer Brochure 2014

  • 1AugustNovember 2014


    In July Arnolfini secured funding through the Arts Council Investment programme and joined 20 other organisations from Bristol who have their support until 2018. We are pleased that Arts Council England has committed its support, proud to be part of a thriving cultural scene in the city, and would like to congratulate our fellow cultural organisations that also received awards. As we all prepare for Bristols European Green Capital year in 2015 we know that culture will play a significant role as we join together to make next year Bristols year.

    The summer programme at Arnolfini celebrates our city through the gallery exhibition The Promise (page 36) which includes a whole series of commissions and collaborations throughout Bristol. We have devised a varied programme of tours, talks and activities with a range of different audiences and interests in mind. The programme invites you to explore and enjoy our city through new eyes and in different ways, from bikes to boats.

    Our popular family programme offers a wide range of activities throughout the summer and autumn, including play and foraging in Leigh Woods (page 16). A new family gallery is open every day throughout the exhibitions on level two of Arnolfini where we invite you to express your creativity.

    For the autumn season we present solo exhibitions by the artists Willem de Rooij and Josephine Pryde (page 9). De Rooijs photographic works centre on the very Bristol theme of protest, whilst Pryde will fill the first floor galleries with her hyper-realistic images. Pryde will also create a new interactive artwork for Arnolfini which promises to surprise. Artist Emma Smiths residency (page 10) continues with experimental workshops open to all, exploring the power of the voice to connect us to one another. Encounters Festival (page 14) returns in September to celebrate 20 years of bringing inspirational screenings and events to Bristol.

    Looking ahead, we are delighted to have In Between Time back for their dazzling festival of performance in February. Next summer as part of Bristols European Green Capital events we welcome Richard Long to Arnolfini for a major exhibition featuring new commissions and past works.

    As a charity we work hard to raise funds to support a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events, whilst taking our custodianship of the grade 2 listed building, Bush House, seriously. Every pound you spend in our caf bar, shop or kindly give through the donation boxes or by becoming a member helps us with our mission. We are immensely grateful to all our supporters, and look forward to welcoming you to Arnolfini.

    Kate Brindley, Interim Director

    Opening Hours

    Exhibition spaces open: TuesdaySunday and Bank Holiday Monday, 11am6pm

    Admission to the exhibition spaces is free

    Shop open: TuesdaySunday, 11am6pm

    Caf Bar open: Daily from 10am



    Exhibitions 4 Talks & Events 10 Off-site Projects 12 Music 13 Screenings & Events 14 Family 16 Poetry Festival 18 At a Glance 19 Shop 21 Caf Bar 21 Venue Hire 22 Support Us 22 Membership 22 Visit Us/Access 23

    (Cover image) Kate Newby, Mr and Mrs Hands, installation view, 2014. Photo Stuart Whipps (Opposite) Oscar Tuazon, Live Steam Shift Whistle, installation view, 2014 (Back cover image) Josephine Pryde, Scale XIII, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery

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    The exhibition in the galleries of Arnolfini include a display of architecture models and other materials that relate to the history of the city including a detailed, large-scale model of the city centre and a futuristic plan for a museum in Castle Park. These fascinating items give an overview of the diverse ways in which Bristol has been imagined, but not always realised. The exhibition also includes major works by Abraham Cruzvillegas, Luke Fowler, Isa Genzken, Judith Hopf, Marcel Breuer, Jennifer Kabat, John Miller, Charlotte Moth, muf architecture/art, Studio Manuel Raeder, Josef Strau, Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley, Oscar Tuazon, Stephen Willats and a Mapping Project: Doing Things Separately Together.

    Across Bristol there are off-site commissions by international artists, including Jeremiah Day, Assemble, Gabriel Lester, Kate Newby, and Lost Property, developed for significant places in Bristol. Share your pictures and comments @arnolfiniarts #PromiseBristol

    The Promise is organised in association with PARADISE, a project by Trust New Art Bristol, National Trust. The commission at Leigh Woods is a joint project by Arnolfini and Trust New Art Bristol, National Trust.

    Supported by Simplyhealth Art in the Public Realm Commission Award, The Henry Moore Foundation, Institut fr Auslandsbeziehungen, The Gane Trust and The Ken Stradling Collection, Amalgam Modelmaking, Creative New Zealand, Wring, and Blink Giant Media.


    The Promise A dialogue between the city and its people

    Until Sunday 9 November, at Arnolfini and locations across Bristol, free #PromiseBristol

    Arnolfini presents The Promise, an exhibition of international contemporary art with a focus on the city of Bristol. The exhibition includes installations and sculptures spread throughout Bristol, and is accompanied by walks, family events, talks, bike rides, and film screenings. It explores the relationship between the city and its residents, and inspires visitors to rediscover Bristol and view the city from new perspectives.


    Bristol Bike RidesSaturday 2 August, 10am, Arnolfini to Church Road, Pop-up Park Event, Sunday 21 September, 2.30pm, Church Road, Leigh Woods to The Downs, free

    Join Sustrans and Arnolfini for these guided cycle rides, designed to take in the off-site projects of The Promise and celebrate eco-friendly initiatives in the city.

    The Promise Boat Tour & Dead Rat Orchestra Performance: The CutSaturday 16 August, boat tour, 2pm, 7/5 concs, concert, 7.30pm, 5

    See page 12 for full details.

    Talk: Design and Social Context Thursday 2 October, 6.30pm, 6/4 concs

    Including presentations by Alan Powers and Kieran Long, this discussion event will look at the impact of design on peoples lives and the social and political contexts that define our relationship to our environment. Presented by Arnolfini and the Design Study Centre as part of The Promise.

    Discussion: Bridges, Underpasses and Roundabouts. Promise and Disjuncture in the city Wednesday 15 October, 2pm, free

    Using the M32 as a case study, this discussion event looks at the relationship between design and peoples experience of the city. This afternoon session will bring together local groups and commentators to discuss projects planned and happening on sites around the M32 motorway, with the aim of articulating shared visions from emerging ideas.Presented by Arnolfini and the Architecture Centre as part of The Promise and the Bridge150 season.

    Screening: Radio On Friday 17 October, 8pm, 6/4 concs

    A rare example of a British road movie, Radio On is a journey through late seventies Britain by way of a road trip from London to Bristol. Featuring music from a number of new wave bands from the time, as well as established artists such as Kraftwerk and David Bowie. Chris Petit, UK, 1979, 104 minutes

    The Promise: Designing a New Reality Wednesday 5 NovemberSunday 9 November, free

    Graphic designers from the University of the West of England BA programme will design alternative narratives and uses for a series of architectural sites in Bristol. Working in film and print they will create dialogues around new realities and histories for Bristol. The work will be presented as part of The Promise, launching at 6pm on 5 November.

    (Image left) The Promise, installation view, 2014. Photo Stuart Whipps (Image above) Doing Things Separately Together, installation view, Arnolfini, 2014. Photo Stuart Whipps

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    Good Press ExhibitionFriday 1 AugustWednesday 1 October, 11am6pm, Reading Room, free

    An exhibition of archived materials and recent publications by Glasgow bookshop and project space Good Press. The exhibition will feature a fascinating catalogue of projects and a selection of recent publications, including a series of posters from the ongoing conceptual piece An Essay On The Nature Of Independent Activities and Fairness.

    Bristol Doors Open DaySaturday 13 September, 11am6pm, spotlight tours every half hour from 12pm3pm, 20mins duration

    Bristol Doors Open Day is Bristols annual celebration of architecture and culture, with over 60 of Bristols fascinating contemporary and historic buildings opening their doors for free. Get a new and unique perspective on our exhibition The Promise with spotlight tours led by Arnolfini staff, learn about the fascinating history of Arnolfini and take part in pop up activities including designing your own exhibition poster to be entered into a prize draw.

    Bristol Biennial presents IM STAYING Until Sunday 31 August, free #IMSTAYING

    IM STAYING is a public artwork by Shaun C Badham addressing ideas of place and chance, permanence and transition. It will move around Bristol over a two year period. Initially displayed on the outside of Arnolfinis building, viewers are invited to vote online and choose the next site for the neon artwork to be installed. Where will the work travel next: your street, your work, your home? To vote, visit

    (Image above) Jeremiah Day, Awake and Youre in Motion (Response to Brief from Bristol Radical Historian), installation view, 2014. Photo Stuart Whipps (Image right) Shaun C Badham, IM STAYING, Bristol Biennial, 2014

    The Promise Off-site Artworks

    Oscar Tuazon: Live Steam Shift WhistleUntil Sunday 9 November, Ladies Mile