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 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 and provide support and consultancy for creatives looking to take on new buildings as well as architects, planners and developers who are committed to regeneration for communities.

Coming Soon


M&S Broadmead to be transformed into temporary arts and sustainability hub

Global Goals Centre and Artspace Lifespace are delighted to announce that they will be working together to create an exciting new art and sustainability hub in Broadmead – Sparks Bristol.


Artspace Lifespace offer residencies across our three projects, The Vestibules, Arts Mansion and The Island.

We are proud to support artists to develop new work. Applications for the 2023 residency programme are now open. We are also offering up a pot of £1k as small bursaries (between £100 to £250) to support applicants from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the arts (for example if you have experienced racism, class barriers or have a disability). If you would like to be considered for a bursary please say so in your application.

See details of previous residencies

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This month’s Creative Spotlight is Island studio holder Simon Hall.

Simon Hall creates interdisciplinary art/science collaborations. His work playfully and experimentally explores at the transection of disciplines, crafted using materials developed within science environments and connects through storytelling. 

Simon is about to embark on a residency with Metal Cultures exploring the historical relationship between healthcare and coastal waters. including Victorian era methodologies utilising ozone, ionised baths and other remedies sold to relieve chronic health conditions.

Latest News

Sparks Bristol Update

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Along with our partner Global Goals Centre we’ve been busy at our new project, Sparks Bristol, getting our heads around all the things that come with taking on a new building such intruder alarms, access keys and codes, plumbing and some urgent repairs. We were delighted that the community champions came to take a look […]

Queering Masculinity review

Queering Masculinity was a week long exhibition with Brook Tate & Daniel DeWolfe at The Island gallery with a series of workshops and performances running alongside. Both Brook and Daniel grew up as Jehovah’s Witnesses and use their work to explore identity and sexuality. Our inclusion officer Caroline Thake was in the audience for the […]

2021 – 2022 Impact Report

Our annual Impact Report is now ready to view. Through a very intense period of time we’ve managed to keep running our three buildings, supporting artists by providing low cost creative spaces, holding residencies, exhibitions and events . The theme of our report is mycelium as they are connective and resilient. The network and foundation […]

Notice for an Annual General Meeting for Artspace Lifespace CIO

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the fourth Annual General Meeting of Artspace Lifespace will be held via zoom at 17:30 on Wednesday the 7th December to transact the following business. AGENDA Introductions and welcome from AGM Chair Anthony Elliot Apologies for absence Minutes of the previous AGM To be agreed and matters arising. Reports and accounts […]

Sparks Bristol

Artspace Lifespace to work with Global Goals Centre to create exciting new art and sustainability hub in Broadmead – Sparks Bristol.