Bristol's Arnolfini gallery marks its 50th anniversary

A world-famous arts centre in Bristol has been marking its 50th anniversary with a weekend of celebrations.

Originally established in 1961 above a bookshop, the Arnolfini moved to the harbourside in Bristol in 1975 where it now attracts 450,000 visitors a year.

Celebrations included the showcasing of contemporary art in all forms including visual, performance, music and cinema.

Artistic director Tom Trevor said the gallery was the "home of experimental art" and a launchpad for many artists.

The Arts Council is to increase its funding to the gallery from £995,000 this year to £1.04m by 2014/2015.

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