We commissioned our photographer tenant Chandra Prasad to produce a series of photographs of Island tenants and staff for our Open Studios and ask them about how 2020 has been for them.
Our Circus Training Space is usually filled with some of the most talented and daring performers in Bristol. One of our favourites is the genre-defying, queer, and female-led Contra Project, made up of Laura Murphy and Nicole A’Court Stuart. The duo are committed to making, touring and supporting the development of politically engaged, interdisciplinary, and […]
An interview with Island resident Robbie Cathro, an illustrator making colourful illustrations for kids magazines, children’s books and editorial pieces.
Our first Spotlight story is an interview with Island resident Helen Wilson from RISE Youth Dance Company.
The Island is based on the site where the Central Police Station used to be. Also known as the Bridewell, it is a historic building on Nelson Street, Broadmead, Bristol, England. It was built in 1928 by Ivor Jones and Percy Thomas and opened as a police station in November 1930 near the site of […]
An outdoor tour of Ashton Court which gives you some background into the history of the architecture on the West and South Front of Ashton Court Mansion.
We’re sad to announce that until December 2nd, at the earliest, we once again have to close for public events and gatherings, due to the new lockdown restrictions. Our artist studios will remain open for studio holders who cannot work from home. Our other hireable spaces will be open only for live streaming and rehearsals. […]
Our stunning Gallery Space is back and ready for you to exhibit your work.
We are overjoyed to be reopening the Dance Studio for classes after a period of closure, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re thrilled to, once again, host a variety of classes from some of the finest teachers and performers in our city. Rest assured, your safety remains our priority. We have put in place a […]
A residency with a difference from Artspace Lifespace, The Island and The Vestibules.
An update from the board of Trustees.
We are collecting responses on how you see the future: ‘The New Normal’. We’d be incredibly grateful if you could take the time to answer our questions. It shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes. At the end of the survey, you can enter to win one of the Bread and Roses prints made at The […]
Due to the Covid-19 Crisis, The Island is now temporarily closed until further notice. We hope to reopen our artist studios as soon as possible but in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, studio-holders, visitors and the wider public all events are cancelled and access to the studios restricted until further […]
COVID 19 UPDATE – ARTSPACE LIFESPACE In order to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, tenants, members and visitors, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel public events until further notice at all our Artspace Lifespace venues. We are cancelling public events at Ashton Court Mansion, Lockdown Venue at The Island, SPACE […]
Dear Island / Artspace Lifespace Community, As the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation evolves, Artspace Lifespace has been closely monitoring developments locally and globally. We are committed to keeping our employees, our artists and our audiences safe. At this time, all of our spaces and offices remain open and we have no plans to close. All events […]
Artspace Lifespace and The Invisible Circus – one of only 12 applicants awarded Imagination funding in 2020-22.
The Island is the longest running project of Artspace Lifespace. We offer artist residency opportunities to develop specific or open-ended projects and to test works in progress. For 2020 we have 9 residency opportunities across 3 rooms in The Island. 3 residencies in the Dance Space 3 residencies in the Gallery Space 3 residencies in […]
Thank you to all of those who made it to our AGM this year and to all the artists, tenants, performers and exhibitors who contributed so much to making Bristol a vibrant place to be. If you didn’t make it to our AGM and want to find our more about what impact Artspace Lifespace and […]
Summer opportunities to get involved in archaeological excavations Be an Archaeologist for the Day! Residents across Bristol and the surrounding area have a rare opportunity to pick up their shovels and try their hand at archaeology on an iconic Bristol landmark – Ashton Court Estate. Members of the general public are invited to participate in […]
Our doors will be flung open on the weekend of the 15th and 16th September inviting you in to view the artist studios, dance space, exhibitions, cells and Circus Training space. See the full programme here
Artspace Lifespace remain at the Baths while the plans for the building are determined. Following a cabinet decision to pass the Baths on to Fusion Lifestyle, it was expected that the lease at Jacobs Wells Baths would be completed by March 2018, subject to the council receiving an acceptable and sustainable full business plan, with essential […]
One day, a bubbly and enterprising first year UWE student from Manchester rang our office to ask whether The Island could support her with some work experience. Read the full report of her experience with us here. Katie attended the French Kiss club night on the 6th April. Find out how what she thought of […]
While options are being considered for the future of Ashton Court Mansion, Artspace Lifespace (ASLS) has stepped in to take on the running of the mansion house from May 2018. Artspace Lifespace is known for helping to find solutions for problem properties and transforming them into thriving creative resources. Kathryn Chiswell Jones, Company Manager said: […]
Was gig-going in Bristol a rite of passage for you as a teenager? Do you remember the banging tunes from some crazy club nights, or dancing the night away at one of the city’s brilliant festivals? We are looking for excerpts about music from your adolescent diaries to use at a very special takeover weekend […]
Old Market Gallery and workshop space announces it will remain open for two more years. Old Market’s burgeoning reputation as a hotbed of culture seemed under threat with recent closures including the iconic Gin Palace, The Dutch and Trinity Community Arts saying farewell to 6 West Street after Bristol City Council announced they now […]
In January 2018 Artspace Lifespace held it’s first Annual General Meeting to review our first year as a Charity. Below is the 2016-2017 Impact Report detailing the work we undertook.
We’re delighted to have been awarded the Bristol Doors Open Day Festival 2017 award for best marketing! Special thanks go to Island Tenant Jo Dalton at room59.co.uk for her graphic design work.
We recently welcomed Art For Action’s ‘Uprooted’ exhibition of paintings, photographs and films into the Gallery space here at The Island. We chatted to Rose Illingworth, founder of Art For Action to find out more about her work to help improve the lives of those living in refugee camps through art. Art For Action works […]
Expression of Interest / Call for proposals The Vestibules – OPEN CALL Are you looking for a city center space to showcase your art and talent? We have two identical spaces at each end of the City Hall, both available for use independently or together. Calling all artists! Artspace Lifespace’s and Bristol City Council’s Arts […]
The Island is proud to sign up to the Bristol Zero Tolerance Pledge! Our event staff at our Basement Venue recently updated their Good Night Out Training as part of our pledge to support Bristol Zero Tolerance to address gender-based harassment. During the training we were reminded of the amazing range of people who use our building and the […]