Listen to 40 years of art & artists from the Arnolfini archive

This collection of audio recordings is from Arnolfini, a contemporary art gallery in Bristol.

It contains recordings of talks by some of the most important artists of the 20th century, audience discussion, music and radio interviews relating to various events and exhibitions taking place at the gallery between the 1960s and early 2000s.

Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin talks about his relationship to painting. From a talk given to coincide with an exhibition of his work at the Arnolfini gallery. The exhibition “Michael Craig-Martin: Selected Works 1966-1975” was shown at the Arnolfini as part of a UK tour.

Mouse Katz

Mouse Katz discusses presenting feminist art in the establishment art world. From a talk given to coincide with the ‘Pandora’s Box’ exhibition which was shown at the Arnolfini gallery from 1st June 1984 until 7th July 1984.

Jolyon Laycock

This is an excerpt from the Performance of Jolyon Laycock’s of ‘Bladud’ (a wordscape with music) by the children of Bathampton School, 1985. The piece was created by the children and Jolyon Laycock (musical director of the Arnolfini) during a number of workshops that took place at the Arnolfini.

Urban Bush Women

This is an excerpt from an interview with US-based African American women’s dance company Urban Bush Women in anticipation of their performance at Arnolfini in 1992.

Craig Richardson

Craig Richardson talks to passers-by about his art installation outside M         Shed in 1993. A BBC Radio Bristol segment.

Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman talks about the influence of Hollywood on the UK film industry, 1978. From a talk he gave at Arnolfini in 1978.

Keith Khan

Music from Keith Khan’s Flying Costumes, Floating Tombs performed in Lloyds Amphitheatre in 1991.