The Island Open Studios

2020 hasn’t been a normal year by any stretch of the imagination.

The adaptability, tenacity, and extreme talent shown by each of our tenants has been a treat to witness.
Enjoy a virtual tour of the building, take a class, join a workshop and find out what we’ve all been up to. 

Photo series

We commissioned our photographer tenant Chandra Prasad to produce a series of photographs of Island tenants and staff and asked them about how 2020 has been for them.

Dance classes

Join in Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
Book onto a low cost dance class with one of our fabulous dance teachers.

Spotlight: Contra Project

Island Circus Training Space members, Laura Murphy and Nicole A’Court-Stuart tell us about Contra Project which they set up during lockdown.

Learn to make animations

Learn how to make short animations on instagram with Molly Fairhurst

Spotlight: Robbie Cathro

Artist Robbie Cathro talk to us about his latest illustration work and a very special book he’s been working on.

Portrait workshop

Rose Popay shows us how to draw a portrait as part of a series of Artspace Lifespace workshops to encourage everyone to make art and reduce isolation.

Spotlight: Rise Youth Dance

We met with Helen Wilson from Rise Youth Dance to learn how she has built a successful dance school.

Futur Ville

Futur Ville launched on 1st June 2019 as a 5-month programme of arts activity culminating in a two-day summit with international, national and local speakers exploring the complex relationship between artists, creative communities, urban regeneration and cultural policies through talks, panel discussions and group workshops.

The Island Tenants

Circus

Pascal Häring

Pascal Häring

Pascal is a Bristol-based circus performer, providing high quality cyr wheel and juggling acts for every occasion and producing artistic work with the companies Swing Circus and Cirque du Soleil.

Alex Allan

Alex Allan

I'm an Aerialist specialising in Aerial Rope

Miss Radida

Miss Radida

Multi-disciplinary aerialist and circus artist, main skill aerial silks.

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Visual Art

Ollie Silvester

Ollie Silvester

Ollie Silvester is an illustrator. He takes inspiration from the mundane and the moments between moments and is always trying to document the nonsensical humour that is found in the…

Lizzie Stone

Lizzie Stone

Bristol – based painter Lizzie Stone creates beautiful marriages of texture and colour, governed by the character of material and paint.

VisionChandra

VisionChandra

Photographer, Picture Editor, Educator and visual Story Teller. Available for commissions.

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Music

Skeleton King

Skeleton King

Skeleton King is an electronic musician and producer making garage, breakbeat and house music.

Habitus

Habitus

Dusty Sounds, a recording studio that focuses on the 90's Hip-Hop sounds with tactful Jazzy and Funk atmospheres.

Submerged Tapes

Submerged Tapes

Jake Gaule (he/him) is an award-winning Sound Designer & Composer who hates writing in the third person. I started out playing the trombone at the age of 8, before discovering…

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Take a Tour of The Island

360 Tour

Guide

Purple – Building Features
Green – Artists Studios
Yellow – Circus & Dance
Red – Gallery Exhibition