Introducing Sparks Bristol – a new art and sustainability hub in Broadmead partnership project brought to you by Artspace Lifespace, Global Goals Centre and The Invisible Circus
The ambition is to create a vibrant, positive venue where local people and visitors can shop, recycle, and explore what a greener, fairer and creative future could look like, breathing new life into the old M&S building on a ‘meanwhile use’ basis until the site is redeveloped. The building will be used as a hub for local artists including an artist R&D space, as well as a reuse shop providing recycled goods, repair, and education projects for schools. There will be 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.
The site will aim to open to the public in May 2023 with the ambition of running this pilot initiative for at least six months. The project welcomes support from all parts of the community.
Website and more info coming soon.
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