Sparks Bristol

A vibrant, positive venue where visitors can shop, recycle, and explore what a greener, fairer and creative future could look like

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Sparks Bristol, 78 Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3DS

Sparks Bristol

Sparks Bristol, 78 Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3DS

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Opening times
Monday to Friday: 11.00-22.00
Weekends: 11.00-22.00

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Sparks Bristol, an art and sustainability hub in Broadmead, Bristol is a partnership project brought to you by Artspace Lifespace & Global Goals Centre with creative design from The Invisible Circus

Breathing new life into the old M&S building on a ‘meanwhile use’ basis until the site is redeveloped, the building is used as a hub for local artists including artist R&D space, a reuse shop providing recycled goods, repair services, and education projects for schools. There are installations, stalls and workshops to demonstrate how to take easy, (and often money-saving) actions on climate, equality and wellbeing – the themes of the Sustainable Development Goals.

There are a range of private studios / office spaces available for artists to rent at affordable rates. View and express interest in desk space and private studios by contacting

Event spaces are available at affordable prices on each floor

Full details and to book  

Opening Hours 9am-10pm and other hours by arrangement

Website and more info coming soon.

Sparks launches on May 13th 2023.

Since the store closed earlier this year we have been working hard to find an appropriate meanwhile use for the old M&S building until a longer-term plan is ready. Artspace Lifespace and the Global Goals Centre are two great local organisations and I’m glad that they’ll be putting both arts and sustainability at the heart of re-animating the space. I look forward to seeing the new hub open from April next year.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees Dec 2022


We want Sparks to be welcoming and inclusive for all our visitors.

We have intentionally designed wide walkways throughout Sparks Bristol to accommodate people using wheelchairs and mobility scooters, ensuring a comfortable and seamless experience.

Dogs on leads are warmly welcomed, allowing visitors to bring their canine companions along.

The Joey Pod at Sparks Bristol is a designated quiet and comfortable space designed to provide a calm environment for visitors who may need a break from the hustle and bustle of the main attractions. It is especially beneficial for individuals with sensory sensitivities, such as those on the autism spectrum, or anyone seeking a peaceful place to relax.

“My son is autistic and it’s great to have a space where we can stop, a kind of refuge” Visitor Feedback May 2023

In January 2024 we create a prayer room in the heart of the ground floor following feedback from our visitors.

We also offer numerous quiet spaces where visitors can relax without any obligation to spend money, making Sparks Bristol a barrier-free and inclusive destination for everyone. Our ground floor is fully accessible, and the first and second floors can be easily reached via a lift. We provide British Sign Language (BSL) and Braille versions of our fire procedures to cater to the needs of all our guests.

Our goal is to create a space where everyone feels welcome and included, regardless of their mobility needs or sensory preferences.

Venues for hire at Sparks

See the Sparks Bristol website for full details.

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Sparks Bristol Studios

Sparks Bristol offers coworking creative desk space and private studios / office space on the 2nd and 3rd Floors of Sparks Bristol.