Our small, friendly team work flexibly across multiple venues in Bristol

We are an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, socio-economic class.

Paid Roles


Pay Scale: PAYE £11.60 per hour or for Self-Employed staff salary is £13 per hour including holiday pay allowance.

Hours of Work:         6 to 10 hours (over 1 or 2 days, pt & flexible) 

Reports to: Venue Manager

Location:                   The Island, Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2BE

Type of Contract:      TBC

If you prefer to work for Artspace Lifespace as a Freelancer then you must pay your own NI & Tax but you will be eligible for holiday pay at 12.07% of your hourly rate. You will also be eligible to enrol on our Healthcare scheme. Freelancers will unfortunately not be eligible for our pension scheme. 


Support Venue Manager at The Island with basic maintenance and caretaker duties. 


Caretaking and maintenance provision. 

General maintenance including basic plumbing and handyman duties (e.g. replacing toilet seats, washers on taps). 

Maintaining security facilities across the properties we manage (e.g. changing codes on keypads, replacing broken locks) 

Ensuring that basic facilities are well-maintained

Working with the Venue Manager to maintain the H&S Statutory Requirements spreadsheet – ensuring that facilities meet government regulations and environmental, health and security  standards

Providing support to the Venue Manager on building projects, renovations, or refurbishments 

Monitoring cost of external suppliers (e.g. plumbers, electricians) in order to achieve best value.

Visual checks of the building reporting any concerns to the Venue Manager and monitoring roof-spaces and windows for signs of nesting birds or vegetation. Maintain a preventative maintenance plan of routine inspection of the building fabric including checking rainwater goods, drainage and ensuring ventilation grilles are free from obstruction. 

Maintaining a safe and clean working environment and any other health and safety duties relating to the post.

Uphold the Health and Safety policy, Fire Risk Assessment and Evacuation Procedure and ensure all relevant policies are adhered to, including creating risk assessment for new tasks.

Ensure accurate and timely completion of all admin/record-keeping connected to your post.

Attend Team meetings when required



  1. Health & Safety basic knowledge
  2. Basic understanding of building maintenance requirements
  3. Confidence in communicating with external contractors
  4. The ability to work within a team
  5. Relate well to others and maintain professional relationships
  6. Key Holding experience
  7. Ordering of materials
  8. The ability to follow a planned maintenance programme
  9. Use of Google calendar essential, ability to organise own workload


  1. Relevant experience in a maintenance/caretaker role.  

All staff are required to work within The Island’s equal opportunity policy.

This job description is not comprehensive, and duties may change and develop according to future requirements.


Artspace Lifespace are recruiting new members for our board. You can find out more about the current board here.

Trustee Recruitment

The Trustee’s are responsible for the strategic direction of the charity, agreeing plans and budgets, and holding the Company Manager to account for the delivery of the plans. The role of the Trustee is a voluntary role. The Trustees are responsible for ensuring that the organisation operates to standards set by parliament and the Charity Commission. Trustees take ultimate responsibility for the work that the organisation does, and the way in which it spends money raised by the charity through income and donations to achieve its aims.

Advisory Team

In 2022 we wish to set up an Advisory Team, a team of people who can provide independent voluntary advice and support to the charity. Unlike a board of directors, the members of an advisory board or team are not authorised to act or make binding decisions on behalf of the organisation and they do not have any fiduciary responsibility. The members will provide expert advice, lived experiences and objective advice to the charity, challenging and scrutinising key issues in a supportive way and provide a sounding board to the Company Managers and Trustees.

We particularly welcome young and diverse applicants.

Email the Chair of Trustees Anthony Elliott: anthonyelliottart@gmail.com with the subject Artspace Lifespace Board Recruitment and feel free to arrange an informal chat to find out more.


Artspace Lifespace welcome applications from Volunteers.

Artspace Openspace – be part of our open days at The Arts Mansion, The Island and the Vestibules? We welcome applicants from volunteers to invigilate and support our upcoming events. Get in touch with info@theisland.uk to find out more.

Intern opportunities are normally paid and part-funded by Universities. These are ideal for creative’s and those wishing to develop a career in the arts and events.

Specific Projects – We encourage individuals interested in specific projects to get hands-on and join us by volunteering and helping support our dynamic and creative artist-led projects. We have a variety of opportunities available throughout the year including volunteering to assist with invigilating at exhibitions, gathering inclusion monitoring data and stewarding at events. We helped set up the Friends of Ashton Court Mansion in 2019, which is always on the look out for volunteers, particularly those interested in researching building heritage, design or web development to present their findings.

You can sign up as a volunteer by emailing info@artspace.uk stating what project you are interested in volunteering for or what skills you can offer to help support Artspace Lifespace.


We have studio spaces available suitable for visual artists at The Island. See below for details. Viewings will be held on Thursday the 14th July at 1pm. If you’d like to come along to see the spaces please reply to info@theisland.uk and include a link to your work. Prices include wifi and all bills.

Studio 1.22 – we have 1 space available in this 5 person shared studio. Additional storage space to side of the room. £127.50 per month. Available Now.

Studio 1.14 – we have 1 space available in this 3 person studio. £105 per month. Available Now.

Studio 1.29 – 1 person studio, ideal for visual media based practice. £150 per month. Available now.

Studio 1.50 – 2 spaces are available in this 4 person studio. £100 per month. Available now.