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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

SPARKS BRISTOL

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 RESIDENCIES

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

COMMUNITY OF CREATIVES

This month’s Creative Spotlight is Island studio holder Rachelle Aaronson.

Rachelle Aaronson recently held her exhibition ‘Looking Up, Looking Down’ at The Vestibules. The exhibition followed Rachelle’s photographic journey. Starting with `looking up’ to manmade structures that dominate our skylines then ‘looking down’ to the more ephemeral objects, the perspective eventually developing into `involuntary` sculptures.”

Latest News

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.

Interview with Island Studio Holder Rachelle Aaronson

We caught up with resident Island artist Rachelle Aaronson who recently held her exhibition ‘Looking Up, Looking Down’ at The Vestibules. The exhibition followed Rachelle’s photographic journey. Starting with `looking up’ to manmade structures that dominate our skylines then ‘looking down’ to the more ephemeral objects, the perspective eventually developing into `involuntary` sculptures. How lucky […]

Haunting Ashton Court: Reclaiming Forgotten Histories.

A man stands on a stage in front of a projection of two historical photographs

Words and Photography by Caroline Thake. What are the stories we tell about ourselves? Who has permission to write them? What does it mean to recover forgotten histories from historically marginalised perspectives? The evening of 29th September brought together Global Majority & Queer writers, artists, filmmakers and performers in a magical evening of poetry, performance […]

Venue at The Island Re-launch

A group of clubbers with their hands in the air enjoying the music at The Venue at The Island.

September sees The Venue nightclub returning to The Island. Following a successful Spring season while we bedded in a new team, found our feet and had to throw away a lot of out of date drinks stock (😫) following a nearly two year Covid closure, we are now formally re-launching. Our Venue Managers Clara McDermott […]