Arnolfini and UWE Bristol announce new partnership

Issue date: 13 January 2015

The Arnolfini building

Arnolfini and UWE Bristol are working on an exciting new partnership which will enhance the art and cultural offer on the harbourside in Bristol. The partnership, which will be agreed in full in spring, will see the two organisations sharing resources and facilities and collaborating on programming and education workshops, seminars and events, and academic research. The combined creativity and resources of both organisations will enable both institutions to offer a dynamic programme of exhibitions, talks and other activities to an increased audience.

Kate Brindley, Arnolfini's Director commented, “We are delighted to have agreed in principle such an important partnership with UWE Bristol which enables an exciting new future for Arnolfini and provides visitors to the organisation with a fantastic new offer. We are looking forward to working with our new partners”

Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of UWE said, “We are thrilled to be entering into this exciting partnership with Arnolfini, which has the potential to extend and enhance the Faculty's footprint and engagement within Bristol. The combined expertise and excellence of Arnolfini and UWE Bristol will create new routes into learning and employment for our students. By combining our knowledge and interest in the arts we can offer both UWE Bristol students and Arnolfini visitors and the wider community so much more than the sum of our parts.”

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol commented, “This creative partnership has the potential to be hugely beneficial not only for Arnolfini and UWE Bristol but for the city as a whole. The Arts are at the heart of Bristol's cultural and economic success. It has been estimated recently that for every £1 invested in the arts in Bristol, £4 is contributed to the wider city economy – this represents excellent added value."

Cllr Simon Cook Assistant Mayor for Culture said, “This partnership is a great opportunity to bring together two organisations which have been dedicated to promoting and exploring creativity. By combining their efforts they will be able to provide Bristol with a wonderful new cultural quarter in the heart of the city that can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said, “I warmly welcome this prospective partnership between Arnolfini and UWE, which opens up exciting opportunities for both organisations and has the potential to be nationally significant. Engagement between higher education and the cultural sector is increasingly important and we can see the benefits that this is already bringing to Bristol, a city with a reputation for being at the forefront of creative talent.”

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