The Vestibules

What are the Vestibules?

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.


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.

GPM Vestibules Residency

In 2018 Artspace Lifespace and Bristol City Council’s Arts & Events team created a paid residency opportunity that was open to early career artists to develop new work to exhibit at The Vestibules. Six young artists from Rising Arts Agency won a £2,800 bursary to create new work which was exhibited at The Vestibules on the theme of Migration. The exhibition was held at The Vestibules in October 2018 in advance of the Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit.

“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

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Anybody wanting further information regarding The Vestibules availability or interested in displaying work and/or volunteer should email: or follow Artspace Lifespace on Twitter

Hire Costs 2018/2019

Park Side Vestibules £300.

Deanery Road Vestibule £120

Park Side & Deanery Road Vestibule £400.

Day Hire Rate: £100

Photo: This is Us Exhibition March 2019


In October 2019, Artspace Lifespace and Bristol City Council confirmed that The Vestibules will remain open for another 18 months.

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Residency Opportunity

In 2020 we will be offering 12 x two week residency periods for both Deanery Rd and Park St Vestibule. This is a rolling opportunity and is open to artists working in any medium, collectives and community groups. The residency periods will run from Jan – March 2020 and July – October 2020.

Residency info pack

Opening hours

Mon to Fri 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.

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