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.

Artspace 2022 Residencies

Artspace Lifespace residencies across our three projects, The Vestibules, Artsmansion and The Island are now open for applications.

We would like to diversify the range of people who benefit from our residencies. We are offering up to 5 x small bursaries (between £150 to £350) to successful applicants from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the arts (for example you have experienced racism, class barriers or have a disability) and artists working in community art. If you would like to be considered for a bursary please say so in your application.

Full details and how to apply.

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.

Latest News


The UK has always held a firm ‘at arms length’ stance on the arts and heritage sector. Our diversity is our greatest strength.   It is the job of cultural charities to reflect on our past and enrich this heritage through recontextualising in the present day. The presentation of narratives counter to those that we may […]

Mental Health at Christmas Time

We hope you have safe and happy holidays but not everybody looks forwards to the festive season. With thanks to Rehab 4 Addiction, a UK-based addiction helpline for sharing this infographic with us. It visually illustrates the reasons why people may be negatively impacted by Christmas, and it also illustrates ways people can avoid or […]

All the best laid plans

Reflections on 2021 It has been a year of reflection and challenges for Artspace Lifespace. Looking back on the past year at our AGM at the beginning of December, and seeing the amazing artists and activity that was supported during such a challenging time reinforces just how essential the arts and grassroots organisations are. Next […]

Invisible Army Interview by Ella O’Loughlin

Writer Carina Andrews and photographer Tina Gue sat down with Ella O’Loughlin to discuss their collaborative project: Invisible Army. Their work aims to educate people on the real lives of carers in and around Bristol, and, importantly, uplift them. Invisible Army will be sharing carers’ stories and photographs at The Vestibules in their exhibition “Stories […]

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 Thursday the 2nd December to transact the following business. The AGM will be recorded for minute taking. You can keep your camera off but please use your full name rather than an alias when […]