Artspace Lifespace is a Registered Charity (No: 1168150) that recycles vacant, under-used and problem properties into thriving creative resources. We work in partnership with artists, building owners, property developers, local communities and organisations to secure and re-cycle interesting, unusual and often difficult buildings as vibrant multi-use art venues. We also act as an advisory body for artists and groups interested in taking on empty properties and turning them into creative hubs.

“It was so brilliant to work with a team of people that were so able, dynamic and responsive to our weird and wonderful demands. From the outset we found that Artspace Lifespace shared, and helped to shape, our vision for the event, allowing us to be more creative and ambitious than would have otherwise been possible.”
Jo Lansdowne, Producer, Watershed

There are many buildings which people see as a liability but Artspace see the creative potential in. We turn disused sites into creative workshops, studio spaces, galleries, cafés, performance and training facilities, which we then make accessible to the local community. Our aim is for each building we manage to be self-sustainable, self-supporting and not reliant on grant funding whilst remaining affordable, creative and inclusive.

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Our longest running project The Island is a studio complex, arts facility and events space, based in the Old Bridewell Police Station in Bristol city centre. We celebrate 10 years at the Island in 2018.


ASLS Impact Report and Accounts for YE September 2018

ASLS Impact Report 2016-2017

Artspace Lifespace Accounts 30 September 2017

Artspace Lifespace Constitution 2016

In April 2019, Artspace Lifespace declared a Climate Emergency. Our move to using stainless steel reusable cups at our venue is part of our drive to imagine and model ways that our organisation can work with others to regenerate the planet’s resources.

Declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency ASLS

Artspace Lifespace Enterprises Limited is a Limited Company no.10396284 and is a wholly owned subsidiary trading on behalf of ASLS.


Artspace Lifespace is a member of The Bristol DIY Network; an independent gathering of arts organisations and arts practitioners, large and small, funded (Arts Council, Bristol City Council) and unfunded, all of whom deliver cultural programmes within the city of Bristol.

We meet regularly to advocate for the sector and to discuss and inform policy, as well as forming working groups in response to specific issues and to develop shared activity. This thinking feeds directly into the wider cultural conversations happening at a high level in the city through the Cultural Strategy Steering Group.

The group’s members work across different scales and different artforms; some specialise in participatory opportunities, others seek out an audience; some charge, some don’t; and some provide complex programmes that sit across a number of strands. 

Together, we are committed to the successful future of our city, and the creativity of both Bristol and Bristolians. 

Network members include Bristol Old Vic, Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre, Artspace Lifespace, Field Art Projects, Circomedia, Architecture Centre, Colston Hall, Bristol Culture, Room 13, The British Paraorchestra and Friends, Zion, The Trinity Centre and many others including independent artists.   

If you are an independent artist, practitioner or smaller organisation unable to attend a meeting, you can share ideas, views and concerns with us via Theatre Bristol who help to administer the group, or one of the members. We are working on a bursary scheme to help those who are independent to be involved, particularly in working groups and sitting on the committee. If this is you please contact us via Sarah at Theatre Bristol ( to discuss your requirements.

If you would like to get involved you can sign up to the mailing list via

Artspace Lifespace / Ths Island also sits on the DIY Arts Committee.