The Vestibules

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The Vestibules

Project Dates

2017 - Ongoing

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The vestibules are two former entrances located at either end of the city hall which Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, opened up to showcase Bristol talent and give cultural and community groups unique environments to display their work. The vestibules has hosted numerous exhibitions, performances, cinemas and pop up art markets and is a fantastic space in the heart of the city for groups to share their projects and idea. Artspace Lifespace is working with Bristol City Council’s Arts Development Team to help them explore this alternative way of supporting Bristol’s arts and culture sector by opening up these distinctive spaces as exhibition space.

Going, Going, Gone! An #Exhibition & Silent Auction by Rewild.Life Bristol Arts on Referral Alliance exhibition June 2017 Festive Pop Up - Made in Bristol Approved by Mayor


Images from 1. Going, Going, Gone! An #Exhibition & Silent Auction by Rewild.Life, 2. Bristol Arts on Referral Alliance exhibition 3. Festive pop-up shop from Made in Bristol. 

Vestibules Residency

In 2020, we will be offering residency periods for both Deanery Rd and Park St Vestibule. The residency application is available on request at This is a rolling opportunity and is open to charities, community groups, educational groups, artists and students. The residency periods will run from Jan – March 2020 and July – October 2020.

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Anybody wanting further information regarding The Vestibules availability or interested in displaying work and/or volunteer should email:


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Commerical Hire

Per Week

Deanery Rd and Park Street £400

Park Street Vestibule £300

Deanery Road Vestibule £350

Per Day

Deanery Rd and Park Street £150

Park Street Vestibule £100

Deanery Road Vestibule £100

Community Groups, Charities, Educational Groups, Students and BCC Projects

Per Week

Deanery Road and Park Street £250

Park Street Vestibule £200

Deanery Road Vestibule £200

Per Day

Deanery Road and Park Street £100

Park Street Vestibule £60

Deanery Road Vestibule £60

Opening hours: 8am – 8pm.  We can arrange to open outside of regular opening hours for an additional charge of £30 per hour to cover security and admin costs.


The co-ordinator at The Vestibules can offer advice and guidance on using these spaces for creative activity and is available via email Tuesday to Thursday at

We strongly advise a site visit before booking these spaces, both of which are listed, and require some additional planning to best be used as presentation spaces.

5 metres by 10 metres.
20 – 30
A small number of tables and chairs, A boards, and monitoring devices are available at The Vestibules. If you require additional equipment, please speak to our co-ordinator, who can advise on external resources.
Please be aware The Vestibules project is a partnership between Bristol City Council and Artspace Lifespace. Whilst BCC support this project, they are not responsible for the facilitation or management of the spaces.

For more information please visit or follow the Arts Development team on Twitter @BristolArtsDev.

“I am delighted to work in partnership with Artspace Lifespace in this new venture and look forward to welcoming individuals and groups to showcase their work. I hope it will provide meaningful opportunities for aspiring and accomplished artists alike.”

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

“Opening up the Vestibules to local groups will provide much needed art space for local talent. By supporting the local arts scene in this way we can ensure that artists and other creatives continue to play a big role in developing Bristol’s growing culture economy.”

Councillor Estella Tincknell, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Culture