Martin Parr Foundation
316 Paintworks
Bristol BS4 3AR

(+44) 0117 329 3270

Gallery opening times
Thurs to Sun, 10.30am to 5.30pm
Mon to Wed, closed

Free entry to exhibitions


There is a traffic free path to walk or cycle from Bristol Temple Meads. See the route here.

The closest train station is Bristol Temple Meads. Martin Parr Foundation is a 25 minute walk or a 7 minute drive from Temple Meads station. There is a taxi rank outside the train station. Bus numbers 1, x39, 178 and 349 serve the Paintworks from Temple Meads Station.

Bristol Airport is approximately 9 miles from the Martin Parr Foundation.
Shuttle buses run from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads train station every 10 minutes. Further details can be found here.

Taxis from the airport cost around £25 and can be booked in advance here.

There is some public parking available at Paintworks. This can be seen on the map above. A three hour limit applies only on weekdays before 6pm.

Alternatively, there is parking within a 5-10 minute walk at the local Sainsbury’s. Full details and booking here.

Buses run from the centre of Bristol, Temple Meads train station and Bristol Coach Station. Bus numbers 1, 57, 349 and X39 stop at the Paintworks bus stop.

There are bike racks outside Martin Parr Foundation.

The Martin Parr Foundation is located on the ground floor of a building which is above street level (podium level). There are lifts from street level to podium level. These are detailed on the map above. There is also an accessible toilet at the Martin Parr Foundation. For more detailed instructions on where to locate the lift please feel free to call us on (+44) 0117 329 3270.

You can find precise locations of lifts, an accessible ramp and the MPF Entrance within the Paintworks complex via What3Words

MPF Entrance / winter.shut.moss
Accessible Ramp / cages.volume.issued
Lift / impose.comic.dinner
Lift / dwell.back.keys
Lift / worry.rips.decreased

A free audio download to accompany the Thames Log exhibition is available here.

Tickets for upcoming events can be ordered online or over the phone
(+44) 0117 329 3270

Martin Parr and his team are available to give talks and tours at the Martin Parr Foundation. For details of prices and availability please email

MPF Library & Collection Database is available for members to use in-house at the Foundation. This catalogue is easy to use, and features keywords, item descriptions, groupings, and cover images to help navigate and locate items in the library and archive. For details regarding library bookings and availability please email

There is still a considerable amount of uncatalogued material which we are working to make available.

Check out the membership section of the website for info, or get in touch at

Martin Parr Foundation Library welcomes donations in line with our collection remit.

We will try our best to send confirmation upon receiving a book, however it is not guaranteed that all publications will enter the collection. It is also not possible for us to return material sent by post. To discuss donating or recommending a title please contact:

Exhibitions at Martin Parr Foundation are often programmed two years in advance, and all decisions involve our board of trustees and team of staff.

If you have a photographic body of work that you feel fits within our remit, we are always interested in hearing about new projects. We encourage contributions from photographers and creatives regardless of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or socio-economic class.

We may feel that your project would be better suited to other areas of our programme such as talks, workshops, or the book shop. Due to the volume of enquiries and submissions, we are not always able to offer individual feedback on the material sent in.

If you are interested in supporting the Martin Parr Foundation in any way, please email

For all press enquiries please contact

Once you reach Paintworks follow the directions to Photohub, where you will find Martin Parr Foundation and The Royal Photographic Society