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 


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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]

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Mandy Barker Altered Ocean

Image Credit: Derryn Vranch

What's on

Well Trodden Wrong Ways Exhibition

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LX

Saturday 14 September 2019 – Saturday 26 October 2019

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance - Act 3

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Saturday 14 September 2019 – Sunday 15 December 2019

Interventions/2: Films by Yoko Ono

The Georgian House Museum

Saturday 28 September 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019

167 Annual Open Exhibition


Sunday 29 September 2019 – Sunday 01 December 2019

Visual Arts South West

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