Move holds lots of promise for creative arts students and the city of Bristol

Credit: George Devereaux

This year, UWE and Arnolfini announced plans for an “exciting new partnership” that they say will offer endless potential for, not only students, but also for Bristol as a whole. This is a partnership between the creative arts departments of each institution. UWE say it will offer a “dynamic programme of exhibitions, talks and other activities.”

The partnership will offer students the opportunity to carry out work placements, group collaborations, research projects and events within Arnolfini – one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts. Students will be able to work with world-class artists from across the industry. This should not only improve students’ university experience, but will also boost the employability of UWE’s post-graduates.

Arnolfini hopes that the diversity that UWE students bring to the gallery will enhance visitors’ experience and broaden the centre’s appeal, pushing Bristol even further forward in the UK art scene.

The partnership came about through UWE’s Pro-Vice Chancellor, Alex Gilkinson with Kate Brindley, the recently appointed Director of Arnolfini. Alex Gilkinson is also the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education which is rated in the top fifteen in the country by The Complete University Guide and has long-established relationships with many art and other organisations in Bristol.  Kate Brindley, a visual arts professional, is credited with being behind the likes of the highly successful ‘Banksy vs Bristol’ exhibition and for the creation of the M Shed.

The move has attracted the attention of the Mayor, George Ferguson who said: “This creative partnership has the potential to be hugely beneficial not only for Arnolfini and UWE Bristol but for the city as a whole.”

By George Devereaux