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Arnolfini - est 1961

Dream and Refuge presents a selection of recent acquisitions and works from the Jerwood Collection that explore home, refuge, and movement, from prints of dancing figures and colourful dreamscapes, to carved clay sculptural bowls and still life oil paintings.

Featuring artists Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Michael Armitage, Vanessa Bell, Halima Cassell, Paula Rego, Bridget Riley, Mike Silva, Rose Wylie.

Dream and Refuge is brought together in collaboration with UWE Bristol’s MA Curating programme.

2023 is the Jerwood Collection’s 30th anniversary, celebrating thirty years of promoting the learning and enjoyment of modern and contemporary British art. This exhibition is the first of a three-year collaboration between Arnolfini and the Jerwood Collection, to share the collection and explore the idea of art for enjoyment.

Mike Silva, Window (2023), oil on linen

Jerwood Foundation was established in 1977 by Alan Grieve, CBE for John Jerwood. In 1991, after Jerwood’s death, Grieve became chairman of the Foundation which to date has donated over £110 million in capital and project funding to support the visual and performing arts in the UK.

The purpose of the Jerwood Collection of Modern and Contemporary British art is to give public access to a privately-owned collection and enhance the understanding and enjoyment of this period of British art. Holding just under 300 works the collection is widely accessible through loans to national and international institutions and inclusion on several digital platforms.

To find out more about Jerwood Foundation and its family of organisations, visit