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.

Winter Warmers: Festive Evening Entertainment

Arts Mansion presents: Winter Warmers–festive evenings of entertainment featuring wide ranging eclectic acts to help you shake off the winter blues and keep you warm this winter.

Starting at the end of November head on down to Ashton Court for your fill of fun. With music, comedy, dance, and DJs there’s something for everyone.

The Vestibules

Bristol Art Heist

The vestibules, Park Street
1 – 21 December

A temporary exhibition featuring some of the hottest contemporary artists from the local area. Books, prints and originals available at affordable prices. A chance to own unique artworks by established illustrators, graffiti artists, painters and photographers. A thrilling temporary exhibition of curated works open for only three weeks – weekdays only.

The Island Gallery Space

Fungal Architectures Arts Exhibition

The Island, Gallery Space
13 – 19 December

The art works presented have been inspired by and related to EU Horizon 2020 funded project ‘Fungal architectures’. The artists presenting are Irina Petrova, Andrew Adamatzky, Anna Nikolaidou, Neil Phillips, Nic Roberts and Antoni Gandia.

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

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 […]

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 […]