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 […]

Journalism work experience at The Island

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 […]

Artspace Lifespace take on Ashton Court Mansion

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: […]

Bristol Music Diaries

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 […]

Annual Impact Report

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.

Marketing Award

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 for her graphic design work.

Art For Action at The Island

Photographs on The Gallery wall

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 […]