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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, […]

Artspace Lifespace to receive £45,500 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Artspace Lifespace is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund  This award will primarily cover the charities overheads but will also provide some support for core staff costs.  Artspace Lifespace has received a grant of £45,500 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture […]

Interview with Chloe (NotNow Studio)

As part of our continuing series profiling the brilliant people to make The Island tick, we sat down with Chloe from NotNow Studios for a (virtual) chat. Here’s what we found out… Tell us about your work? My studio is called Not Now Studio. I am a hand pulled screen printer. I share the space […]

Halt Harassment

It should not take a case of extreme violence for us to see that male violence permeates throughout our society – in our Government, our police, our workplaces, our nights out, and our individual actions. Throughout all these levels we need to make changes, so that no one feels the threat or result of male […]

Ashton Court’s Prince Has Come

In May 2018, Artpace Lifespace took over the meanwhile use management of Ashton Court Mansion, with the support of Bristol City Council, and with thanks to pro-bono support from Womble Bond Dickinson. Since taking on the Mansion, Artspace has been operating Ashton Court as an Arts Venue – the Arts Mansion. In 2019 we ran […]

The Roadmap out of Lockdown

From March 8th some of our team who have been furloughed will be able to return to work. Restrictions requiring staff to work from home where possible will however remain in place and we urge those who can stay at home to do so. From March 29th outdoor sport and leisure facilities will be permitted, […]

How Can I Help Update

In October, FixX bikes bikes began a six-month residency of our Electric Cargo Bike. ⁠⁠FixX bikes are a social enterprise based in Hartcliffe who pre-pandemic were delivering bike mechanic workshops to young people in the area. At the start of the pandemic, FixX bikes began delivering meals in partnership with Heart of BS13 to residents […]

Notice for an Annual General Meeting for Artspace Lifespace CIO

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the third Annual General Meeting of Artspace Lifespace will be held via zoom at 19:00 on Wednesday the 10th February to transact the following business. The AGM will be recorded for minute taking. You can keep your camera off but please use your full name rather than an alias when […]

Open Studios photo series

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.

Contra Project

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 […]

Robbie Cathro

An interview with Island resident Robbie Cathro, an illustrator making colourful illustrations for kids magazines, children’s books and editorial pieces.

Helen & Rise

Our first Spotlight story is an interview with Island resident Helen Wilson from RISE Youth Dance Company.

History of the Old Bridewell Police Station

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 […]

Lockdown: The Sequel

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. […]

The Dance Studio Is Back

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 […]

How Can I Help?

A residency with a difference from Artspace Lifespace, The Island and The Vestibules.

What should the new normal look like?

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 […]

We’ll meet again

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 – Artspace Lifespace Venue Events Cancelled

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 […]

The Island / Artspace Lifespace Covid-19 Guidance

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 […]

Imagination funding in 2020-22

Artspace Lifespace and The Invisible Circus – one of only 12 applicants awarded Imagination funding in 2020-22.

The Island 2020 Residency Offering

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 […]

2018 Impact Report

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 […]

What lies beneath the South Lawn at Ashton Court Estate?

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 […]

Open Doors Weekend 14th – 16th September

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

Jacobs Wells Baths – six more months of dance, theatre and performance

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 […]