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Bristol's Best Art Galleries

It’s no secret that Bristol is a great city to visit if you’re interested in the creative industries. From fine art to street art Bristol has more than its share of all! We’re sharing our favourite art galleries and exhibitions that you can see in Bristol right now.

Annual Photo Open Exhibition at RWA

The RWA Photo Open celebrates contemporary photographic practice in all its forms. This Open Call exhibition invited submissions from artists and photographers, at any stage of their careers, who create photographic work or explore the nature of photography in their work.

All exhibits in the Photo Open will be for sale and once the show opens can be purchased from the RWA shop online and at the RWA.

For more information on photography at the RWA, click here.

Ayo Akingbade at Spike Island

Show Me The World Mister is an exhibition by Ayo Akingbade comprising two new film commissions shot on location in Nigeria. The Fist is a portrait of the Guinness brewery in Lagos, where histories of colonialism, industrialisation and labour collide; while Faluyi follows protagonist Ife on a journey tracing familial legacy and mysticism in ancestral lands. Building on Akingbade’s interests in history, placemaking, legacy and power, these are her most ambitious productions to date.

Find out more about this exhibition, which is running until May 21st 2023, here.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at MShed

The world renowned wildlife photography competition from the Natural History Museum is back at MShed with 100 spectacular images. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights. This event will be running from November 27th 2022 until May 29th 2023, and it is definitely a must-see. For more information on the exhibition and MShed’s opening hours click here.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

We certainly haven’t forgotten Bristol’s favourite art gallery. In its prime location at the top of Park Street, Bristol Museum has housed an art collection since its origins in 1823. Today it’s collection is world-class, featuring pieces from some of history’s most famous artists, as well as a large collection of modern and local art. The museum is also famed for having one of the best collections of Chinese glass outside of Asia. The site is also home to a fantastic geology and natural history collection among others. Donations are welcomed but the museum is free to visit. For information on current exhibitions and opening hours, click here.


Arnolfini is Bristol’s International Centre for Contemporary Arts located on the harbourside in the heart of the city. Arnolfini has welcomed artists from around world throughout its history – sharing works by Paula Rego, Jannis Kounellis, Grayson Perry, Rachel Whiteread, Peter Doig, Richard Long, Chantal Joffe, Sonia Boyce and Frank Bowling, to name just a few – as well as supporting talent from in and around Bristol. The building itself has a rich history, and as well as the three floors dedicated to contemporary art, there is a bookshop and café here, meaning you can spend the whole day! They have some amazing exhibitions on this season. To find out more, click here.

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