What we do

Artspace Lifespace transforms under-used and problem properties into thriving creative resources. Serving the bristol arts community since 2006, we became a registered charity in 2016. We provide affordable space for artists from a range of disciplines to make and develop work at our Venues The Island, The Arts Mansion and The Vestibules. We specialise in revitalising forgotten spaces on a meanwhile basis to enable vibrant communities. We also act as consultants, providing recommendations for long term creative and community use of buildings. We provide support and consultancy for creatives looking to take on new buildings as well as architects, planners and developers who are committed to regeneration rooted in and informed by communities.

Special notice about Coronavirus

The health and safety of our customers and staff continue to be our priority. From July 19th we ask that you continue to wear a mask in our public areas and we will continue to assess the risk so you can enjoy a safe and comfortable visit to our venues.

Dance and Circus Classes Are Returning

The Island’s Dance Studio and Circus Training Space doors are back open!

You can check out the schedule here.

As restrictions ease, more and more of our classes will be returning, so watch this space!

Artist focus


Based at The Island

Teacher and performer of aerial and other circus skills with a focus on aerial silks, hoop and sling.

Latest News

The Mansion Through Time

At Home With The Smyths – Ashton Court Mansion Eastenders has the Mitchells, Bristol had the Smyths. On June 25-27, Show of Strength brought us on a journey where we met characters from the dynasty that gave us Ashton Court Mansion. Impostors, buried treasure, a lost ring and it’s even better than a soap opera […]

There is no freedom without responsibility

Restrictions might be about to go away, but Covid has not We published the Roadmap out of Lockdown in March 2021 at which time we stated that the capacity of events will be limited until we have evidence it is safe for us to lift them.  The announcement of the lifting of most remaining Covid-19 restrictions in […]

Keep it Arms Length

Words are more than conveyors of meaning – when used enough, when repeated like a mantra, when held by consensus, they can create cognitive boundaries between subjects and their objects. They can wall off the human from the humane. From the Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide Us by Nick Hayes In 2020 […]

Inspiral Residency Interview

Last month, Saskia Collyns and Maxine Sircana – the duo that make up Inspiral – held a Residency with us in our Circus Training Space. Here’s what we learnt about the adventurous pair. We are currently working on our first show as a company, ‘Interlaced’. We work with narrative-based circus using Aerial Straps, Aerial Hoop, […]

Artspace Lifespace to receive £45,500 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Artspace Lifespace is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund  This award will primarily cover the charities overheads but will also provide some support for core staff costs.  Artspace Lifespace has received a grant of £45,500 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture […]