The Royal Photographic Society and the Martin Parr Foundation, which are in adjacent buildings, on Bristol’s Paintworks, have aligned their opening hours to create a stronger hub and visitor attraction for photography. The public will have the opportunity to see two free photography exhibitions during a single visit. Both venues will open from Thursday to Sunday, from the 26 March, during exhibition showings.
The MPF’s first exhibition with the new opening days will be Chris Killip’s The Station. The RPS’s exhibition Squaring the Circles of Confusion opens on 9 April. Public admission to both galleries is free.
The MPF champions, supports and preserves the legacy of photographers who made, and continue to make, important work focused on the British Isles and Ireland. It also houses Martin Parr’s archive and photobook library. The RPS promotes the public appreciation of photography and, as part of this, holds four photography exhibitions a year in Bristol. In additional both have a programme of talks, screenings and workshops, as well as a membership scheme.
The RPS open Thursday-Sunday, 1000-1700, and bank holiday Mondays. The MPF will open, from 26 March, on Thursday-Sunday, 1030-1730.
The RPS International Photography Exhibition 162 is open until Sunday, 22 March. The gallery is then closed for installing Squaring the Circles of Confusion on show from 10 April until 21 June.
The MPF’s Street Fusion, Bristol in 2019 by Hans Eijkelboom is open until 14 March (Wednesday-Saturday) followed by Chris Killip’s The Station from 26 March (Thursday-Sunday).