SPACE (Sound-Performance-Art-Community-Engagement) launched at Arts West Side in 2016 as an Island satellite project in partnership with Trinity Community Arts. In April 2018 our partnership with Trinity ended when their lease on 6 West Street and Artspace Lifespace took on the lease to keep SPACE open until April 2020.

The Island is now curating a very exciting programme of monthly events, ranging from exhibitions, workshops, art & crafts pop-up shops, small theatre shows, fashion markets and so much more!

Our vision is to create an open platform to the local community and support creatives in Bristol with a new hub where they can showcase work and share ideas. Welcoming artists and makers from all backgrounds to use SPACE as a base to enlarge and develop your ideas. 

SPACE hosts free Lifespace Community Together Classes with Art Workshops on Wednesday’s from 11am-1pm. Supported by Knightstone and Artspace Lifespace, the classes have been funded by Big Lottery Awards for All.

If you are interested in using SPACE for presenting or developing your project email us at:

Our hire rates 

  • Hour: £20
  • Day: £150
  • Weekend: £200
  • Week: £300

Also If you have any ideas or would like to suggest possible activities feel free to share them with us!

Residencies & Grants

In January 2020 we will award three £750.00 grants to individuals or groups working in the areas of visual arts, performance and community. The award is accompanied by a two week residency at SPACE to take place between Feb and March 2020. We do not ask for a specified outcome of the grant or residency period. All information is available here.

SPACE is a lovely small white wall gallery and event space, with a large front window and is accessible for wheelchair users.

We are based at 6 West street, Old Market, BS2 0BH.

For a full programme of activities please visit:

If you would like further information regarding SPACE, exhibition/space avails, please contact us:


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