The Island

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The Island

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2008 - Ongoing

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“I am very impressed with the way that I have seen the Island grow from strength to strength. I am happy to see new endeavours and new invitations to so many different types of the arts.

I am happy to be here. It is a very exciting place.’’

Mary Blackley – artist tenant

The Island is a self-funded multi-use arts facility and creation centre based in the old police station in Bristol city centre. It hosts a wide variety of creative spaces from circus training, dance and rehearsal rooms, artists’ studios, dark rooms to gallery space, recording and music production studios and a suite of early 20th century police cells.

If you want to get involved in a collaborative showcase event in Bristol then the Island is the place to do it. Like the name suggests, the Island is an stand-alone centre of creativity and energy located smack bang in the city centre. As a venue, it has so many unique event spaces and a can-do attitude making it ideal for a Bristol event.

We offer vibrant programming of regular workshops, training classes, performances and events. Artists from all disciplines now occupy all spaces at The Island. The variety of our spaces allows people from all walks of life to host their own exhibitions, or start their own class or group, which creates a widely varied collection of artist lead projects.

The Island is now a core part of Bristol’s art scene, having recently been involved with BS1 Open, Brisfest,  Destination  Bristol, Big Green Week, Mayfest and Bristol Biennial, The Island is rapidly becoming one of the key locations of choice to be involved in local art promotion.

As well as all this, The Island is now hosting around 79 working artists. All of these artists are the beating heart of The Island, continually producing and showcasing new and engaging artwork. This made The Island one of the liveliest and most thriving artist communities in Bristol. Our studios are of varying sizes and range from huge open spaces, to smaller solo studios, to our converted cell studios, which are exclusively used by artists who work with sound and music.

‘’The Island is unique in that it not only offers a wonderfully exciting space in which to stage work or respond to it’s heritage in regard to site specific concerns, but it also fosters community and supports artwork.  The Island is not driven solely by the bottom line but provides a home to a variety of independent artists, performers & events alike, in its eclectic mix of studio spaces, rehearsals rooms, conference facilities and workshops.  Furthermore The Island stands virtually alone in an artistic landscape where most venues place concern of self image or reaction before the artists or events they support; The Island is different, it is home to the challenging, the creative, the alternative and the adventurous.  The Island is alive.  The Island makes art work.’’

Thomas John Bacon,

” A friendly, unpretentious space run by lovely people in a unique venue, this is one pop-up that deserves a more permanent home.”

Bristol Evening Post, May 2014-07-16

‘’BBC, The Creative boom in Empty Buildings feat. The Island’’


Contact us:

t: 01173 763 457

The Island
Artspace Lifespace C.I.C.

Nelson Street


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Twitter: IslandBristol

Soundcloud: theislandbristol