Artspace Lifespace transforms properties into thriving creative resources. We currently manage four venues The Island, The Vestibules, Sparks Bristol and the Arts Mansion

Serving the Bristol arts community since 2006, we became a registered charity in 2016. Artspace Lifespace provide affordable space for artists to make, develop and showcase work. 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.


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.


Sparks Bristol Launch

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Sparks Bristol – Putting the Art back in Department Stores On the 13th May, in partnership with Global Goals Centre, we launched Sparks Bristol, the groundbreaking project that merges art, education, shopping, and sustainability. Revitalising the old Marks and Spencers building in the heart of Broadmead. The grand opening witnessed an incredible turnout of over […]

Rebellion Regeneration Community Exhibition

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On the 10th and 11th March 2023 2nd year fine art students from The Bristol School of Art will present their exhibition inspired by the history of The Island. We caught up with contributing artist Jeanette Read to find out more… Q, How did the idea of an exhibition based around The Island building come […]

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 […]