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, Director at the Arnolfini, 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.’
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.’