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The Island, Nelson Street

Artspace Lifespace

The Island is a self-funded multi use arts facility and creation centre based in the old police station in Bristol city centre. It hosts a wide variety of creative spaces from circus training, dance and rehearsal rooms, making spaces and artists studios to dark rooms, recording and music production studios, a gallery and a suite of early 20th century police cells.

If you want to get involved in a collaborative showcase event in Bristol then the Island is the place to do it. Like the name suggests, the Island is an isolated centre of creativity and energy located smack bang in the city centre. As a venue, it has so many unique event spaces and a can-do attitude making it ideal for a Bristol event.

It has been a fantastic year with vibrant programming of regular workshops, training classes, performances and events. Artists from all disciplines now occupy all spaces at The Island. The variety of our spaces allows people from all walks of life to host their own exhibitions, or start their own class or group, which creates a widely varied collection of artist lead projects.

As well as all this, The Island is now hosting around 79 working artists. All of these artists are the beating heart of The Island, continually producing and showcasing new and engaging artwork. This made The Island one of the liveliest and most thriving artist communities in Bristol. Our studios are of varying sizes and range from huge open spaces, to smaller solo studios, to our converted cell studios, which are exclusively used by artists who work with sound and music.


  • All studio prices include bills and WiFi
  • To secure a studio space with The Island you will be required to provide one months rent for deposit, you will also be required to provide proof that a standing order has been set up for rent on a monthly basis before you can move into the space.
  • As part of the package of being a tenant with The Island you are entitled to a 25% discount when hiring any of The Island’s spaces.
  • All tenants also have access to sell their work through The Island’s shop, ‘Room 8’.

The Island is part of the Artspace Lifespace project, an artist led initiative that recycles vacant, under-used and problem properties into thriving active creative resources and has been active since 2008.

The Island
t: 01173 763 457

The Island
Artspace Lifespace C.I.C.
Nelson Street

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The Island is an Artspace Lifespace C.I.C.  project