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Partnerships in Art

UWE Bristol has links and partnerships with some of the South West's top cultural and creative organisations, so you can be sure that your studies are setting you up to succeed in your career.

Creative partnerships and connections

Well-established links with some of the top creative and cultural organisations in the region have led to an evolving portfolio of exciting collaborations and opportunities. They also enable us to deliver a curriculum that meets the changing needs of the art and design industry – so your studies provide a solid and relevant foundation for your chosen career.

Exciting partnerships


Located in Bristol’s vibrant harbourside, Arnolfini introduces new and major work by international artists to over 500,000 visitors a year. It is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts and presents innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film and music.

Our partnership builds on existing work with the Arnolfini and offers studio spaces above the gallery for our creative courses.

Spike Island

Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art. It is home to a major gallery and working spaces for artists and designers. Our Fine Art students gain a great deal from working alongside professionals in a wide range of artistic fields at Spike. We currently have programme of collaborative projects and postgraduate opportunities that inspire students and graduates alike.

The Royal West of England Academy

RWA is a leading centre for the exhibition, exploration and practice of the visual arts, recognised as a venue that enriches and nourishes the lives of people from all communities and backgrounds. Through its extensive programme of exhibitions, events, talks and lectures, the RWA is committed to providing great art for everybody, and to promoting the understanding and enjoyment of art for the widest possible audience.

Other partner organisations

We work closely with:

We have a number of collaborative and knowledge exchange partnerships with, amongst others:

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