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. 

Artist Encounters

Our studio holders met up for a coffee and a cultural exchange, sharing ideas about art, processes, work, and everything in between. Check out the highlights here.

Residency Overviews

Residency Overviews

This year at The Island we’ve hosted 12 residencies, take a look at the range of projects we’ve supported.

Dance classes and Circus Taster classes

Book onto a free taster class with one of our fabulous dance or circus teachers.

Spotlight on: Roberta Pia (Discobobulator)

Roberta talks to us about her DJ highlights, shares some words of wisdom and tells us how The Island has supported her.

Exhibition

Take a tour of the exhibition

Take a tour of our 2021 Island Tenants’ Exhibition online or in person at our gallery from 12 – 6pm Friday 1st October, 10 – 4pm Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October.

Learn how to make Zines

Learn how to make Zines with illustrator Lucy Haslam

A Spectacle Of Herself

A Spectacle Of Herself

A Spectacle of Herself is a performance film by Laura Murphy interrogating themes around autobiography and the spectacularized body. Book here

Spotlight on: Aysha Chamberlain (Bristol Ballroom Community)

Aysha Chamberlain, one of the leads of the Bristol Ballroom Community, talks to us about her experiences of voguing so far, encourages us to join local communities, shares her experience of The Island so far and gives us a demonstration.

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.

Olga Kaleta

Olga Kaleta

I am a performance maker working across circus, physical and verbal comedy, verbal and visual poetry and live art. As an artist I create work that reckons with uncomfortable subjects…

Chez Dunford

Chez Dunford

Chez Dunford is a theatre maker, circus artist and community practitioner using music and story to connect people. Chez is an independent musician performing both self-penned and traditional folk songs.…

Dance

Ballet with South West Dance Theatre

Ballet with South West Dance Theatre

We’re back in the studio from September! And still zooming the class from there for those still staying home. Get ballet fit and fly to the music with South West…

Lyrical Contemporary

Lyrical Contemporary

Lyrical contemporary is a fusion of contemporary, modern, ballet and jazz. It’s gained a lot of popularity in recent years, thanks to shows like So You Think You Can Dance…

Open Ballroom/Vogue Sessions

Open Ballroom/Vogue Sessions

This is an Open space to practice categories from Ballroom/Vogue culture. These joyous sessions are open to all. DM Bristol Ballroom Community on Instagram to book your spot.

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Visual Art

Simon Hall

Simon Hall

Visual artist working at the intersection of art and medicine

Ollie Silvester

Ollie Silvester

Ollie Silvester is an illustrator. He takes inspiration from the mundane and the moments between moments.

Lizzie Stone

Lizzie Stone

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

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Music

DISCOBOBULATOR

DISCOBOBULATOR

Singer. Songwriter. DJ. Head honcho of LGBTQ+ collective Grrrl Crush.

Habitus

Habitus

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

Stereocilia

Stereocilia

As Stereocilia, John has performed across the UK, Europe and USA, sharing stages with acts including: Ben Frost, Gnod, Daniel Lanois, Ex-Easter Island Head, White Hills, Acid Mothers Temple, Josef…

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