The Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society is a charitable international organisation founded in 1853 to promote the art and the science of photography.

Its new photographic centre contains a gallery, 101-seat auditorium, education and resource centre all dedicated to inspiring the appreciation and education of photography. The building is based at Paintworks creative quarter, Bristol (a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads) and opposite the Martin Parr Foundation. 

Events include photography exhibitions, workshops, screenings and talks. The RPS is family-friendly, fully accessible and provides complimentary self-service tea and coffee to visitors. 

Plan your visit 


View The Royal Photographic Society on the Art Map

Opening hours

Opening Hours

Thursday 10am-6pm 

Friday 11am-7pm 

Weekends and bank holidays 10am-5pm 

(Gallery is closed Monday to Wednesday, other facilities open by appointment only)



RPS House, 337 Paintworks
Arnos Vale
Bristol BS4 3AR

0117 3164450
[email protected]

Facebook Twitter
Mandy Barker Altered Ocean

Image Credit: Derryn Vranch

What's on

Natural Selection

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Saturday 01 June 2019 – Sunday 15 September 2019

Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019

RWA, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1PX

Saturday 15 June 2019 – Sunday 01 September 2019

Evolver Prize 2019

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LX

Monday 08 July 2019 – Saturday 31 August 2019


The Station, Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG

Thursday 08 August 2019 – Saturday 31 August 2019

Visual Arts South West

Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

Supported by: