SPACE Residencies

SPACE on 6 West Street started out in 2016 as a satellite project of The Island in partnership with Arts West Side / Trinity Community Arts. A widely supported petition secured the continuation of SPACE / AWS when proposals to let the building commercially threatened its future. In April 2020 our lease expires and Old Market says a final farewell to SPACE Gallery. The artist studios will remain unaffected until the future of the building is determined and while the gallery is not available to hire, keep an eye out for our curated window displays.   

We are incredibly grateful to Bristol City Council Community Asset team for entrusting us with the meanwhile use of 6 West Street. And for Big Lottery Awards for All Funding which enabled us to provide free drop in art classes for the local community over the past two years. Whilst we are sad to be leaving Old Market, we look forward to taking some time to evaluate how community needs have changed in the past four years, and what our creative services might look like in the next decade.

In acknowledgement of the creativity that flows through Bristol and makes projects like SPACE possible, we have awarded three small grants to practitioners working in the areas of visual arts, performance and community. Each artist/artist group will be spending two weeks at SPACE starting from January 27th enjoying the time to further, reflect upon or begin new work.

Amy Peck 

Residency dates: 27th January – 9th February 

Amy Peck is a local artist and founding member of The Lamplighters, a community arts organisation who coordinate the annual Church Road Lantern Parade. Amy will use her residency at SPACE as an exhibition space for a body of recent cyanotype prints, a studio space to develop a light installation based on the prints and a workshop space for the community to make lanterns for the Church Road Lantern Parade on 29th February.


Public work:

Open Studio Day and Drop-In Butterfly Lantern Workshop: 2nd February 12-4pm

Exhibition Launch: 7th Februrary 6-8pm

Exhibition Open: 8th + 9th February 11am-5pm

Large Butterfly Lantern Workshops: 8th February 12 – 2pm or 3 – 5pm

Create an individual large animated lantern to carry in the Church Road Lantern Parade: 29th February

Drop in Small Butterfly Lantern Workshop: 2nd + 9th February 12 – 4pm  


Process Theatre 

Residency dates: 17th February – 1st March  

With the support of this residency, ProcessTheatre will continue the research, development and performance of ‘Things We Do Not Know’. ‘Things We Do Not Know’ is a devised theatre and performance art piece made with and for Bristol-based charity ONE25, who support women vulnerable to or trapped in street sex work.

Trigger Warning: This piece may contain sensitive or distressing material such as reference to sexual violence, abuse, rape, drug use, death, suicide and depression. Age rating 18+. 

‘Things We do Not Know’ serves as a powerful and emotive mouthpiece to blast the myths and misunderstandings of street sex work and present some of the real stories of women in Bristol who turn to sex to survive.


Public work:

We invite the public to explore our interactive exhibition. 

This is a free, drop-in event. There will be short snippets of performance from our show and an opportunity to find out more about One25’s work. Free Teas and coffees provided.
1-5pm 23rd & 7-8pm 28th February. 

10am – 12pm 29th February.

Join us for a morning cuppa and a closer look at One25’s drop-in service and how it benefits the women they support.

 6pm – 8pm Saturday 29th 

 1pm – 4pm Sunday 1st March

Kerry Lewis 

Residency dates: 2nd March – 15th March 

Lewis’ practice explores the entanglement of aversion and attraction, the idea of the ‘other’, organic forms which shouldn’t exist, eliciting an uneasy tension with an undercurrent of humour. SPACE is providing me with the opportunity to experiment growing bioplastic and to create large-scale soft sculpture, with an aim of opening up conversations about the phenomenon of visceral viewer response.

Public work:

Sat 7th – Sun 8th, 10-4 pm

Sat 14 – Sun 15th, 10-4 pm