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Scala, Aug 9, 2006 - Architecture - 60 pages
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Arnolfini is one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts. It was established in Bristol, UK, in 1961 "to seek out challenging, often controversial and sometimes relatively unknown artists and performers, and to provide a vital showcase for their work". Named after Jan van Eyck's 15th-century painting The Arnolfini Portrait, a famously ambiguous, reflexive work, Arnolfini has maintained its commitment to an eclectic international artistic programme. Today this covers visual arts, live art and performance, music, sound, dance, cinema, literary readings and a busy education programme of tours, talks and events. Arnolfini's 1975 move to an imposing early nineteenth-century warehouse, Bush House, proved a catalyst in attracting other businesses to the then-neglected dockside; the revitalised waterfront is now a focal point for Bristol's social and cultural life. In 2005, Bush House was reopened following a major expansion and renovation project, led by architects Snell Associates and artist Susanna Heron, to create new arts and education facilities.
With text by Phil Johnson and images, this book presents the history of Arnolfini and Bush House, and explains how the new development has transformed both of them for the twenty-first century.

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Editor Phil Johnson coordinated this collaboration from the beginning. A former Nieman Fellow of Harvard University and veteran journalist, Johnson was a chef of some talent himself.