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The Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society


Bristol’s newest visitor attraction is a dedicated centre for photography which comprises of a high-quality exhibition space, 101-seat auditorium, an education and resource centre and offices for the RPS staff.

They show four exhibitions annually of visually arresting photography selected to inspire and inform on the art and the science of the medium. Each exhibition is accompanied by an exciting education programme of talks, workshops and screenings. They are family-friendly and offer free self-serve tea and coffee to their visitors!

The RPS is situated in the Paintworks creative quarter, close to the city centre. The Exhibition Gallery is open Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 11am-7pm and weekends 10am-5pm. 

Admission to exhibitions is £5 / £3 concession (OAP’s, students, blue badge holders and unemployed), under 18’s and carer’s no admission fee. Admission is free for students every Friday.

Groups of 10 or more which are pre-booked will be charged at £45, including VAT.

Discover more about their programme and plan your visit

The RPS is an international charitable organisation founded in 1853 to educate the public on the art and the science of photography. The organisation has 12,000 members internationally all of whom care about photography deeply.

Membership is open to all and anyone can join regardless of photographic ability. Benefits include free entry to exhibitions at the RPS, discounts on workshops, events and a monthly copy of our award-winning members magazine RPS Journal. Join them 

Photography © Derryn Vranch and Rebecca Faith

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RPS House
337 Paintworks
Arnos Vale

Tel: +44 (0)1225 325733

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* We regret that the gallery is closed Monday-Wednesday and we will not be able to give admittance unless by prior arrangement and if staffing levels allow.


Friday, 29th November 2019 - Friday, 29th November 2019

Friday, 10th January 2020 - Friday, 10th January 2020

Friday, 7th February 2020 - Friday, 7th February 2020

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Sunday, 1st December 2019 - Sunday, 1st December 2019

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