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.

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.

The Island Open Weekend 2021

The Island Open Weekend 2021

2021 has seen The Island gradually getting busier and welcoming back the dancers, artists, musicians and circus performers who make this building such a unique place to be.

Our Open Weekend showcases a snippet of the work taking place in the building. Enjoy a virtual tour, take a class, join a workshop and find out what we’ve all been up to. 

Island Open Weekend 2021 Taster Classes

Enjoy taster sessions of some of our dance and circus classes – all for the low, low price of completely free. You can learn a mix of circus skills, how to dance at a ceilidh, and how to vogue in a proper ballroom. All classes will take place at The Island and must be booked ahead.

Artist focus


Based at The Island

Teacher and performer of aerial and other circus skills with a focus on aerial silks, hoop and sling.

Latest News

Exhibition: Welcome To My World, Big Jeff Johns

Tuesday 16th November – 21st November 2021 For opening hours, please check Big Jeff Johns Art website, where they will be revealed nearer the time. The Island, Nelson Street, Bristol BS1 2BE, United Kingdom. “Art for me has been about expressing emotions I can’t explain another way. These paintings highlight my issues with barriers and […]

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 […]

Inspiral Residency Interview

Last month, Saskia Collyns and Maxine Sircana – the duo that make up Inspiral – held a Residency with us in our Circus Training Space. Here’s what we learnt about the adventurous pair. We are currently working on our first show as a company, ‘Interlaced’. We work with narrative-based circus using Aerial Straps, Aerial Hoop, […]