Welcome to The Island.

We are a studio complex, arts facility and events space, based in the Old Bridewell Police Station in Bristol city centre. The Island is part of the Artspace Lifespace charity that recycles vacant, underused and problem properties into thriving creative resources.

Our vibrant hub for all things alternative hosts over 100 resident artists from the city’s thriving, diverse scene, and boasts a circus school, artist studios, music studios, dance rooms and a beautiful gallery space. However, you need to look beneath our floors to find our most distinctive feature: a sprawling complex of original early 20th century police cells, which have provided the backdrop to numerous gigs, micro-festivals and transgressive arts performances.

Over the past years, our small fringe collective has evolved into a major support network, constantly striving to support artists from every discipline and all walks of life. Having recently been involved with spectacular events such as BS1 Open, Circus City, Destination Bristol, SKINT Theatre, Mayfest and Bristol Biennial, The Island is rapidly becoming one of the prime locations for local art promotion.

If you are looking to get involved in a collaborative showcase event, and want both a site and a team who accommodate the distinctly alternative, The Island is the place for you.


“The Island is unique. Not only does it offer a truly exciting space in which to stage work and respond to its heritage; it also fosters a community spirit and supports artwork.  The Island is not driven solely by the bottom line but provides a home to a variety of independent artists, performers & events alike, in its eclectic mix of studio spaces, rehearsals rooms, conference facilities and workshops. Furthermore The Island stands virtually alone in an artistic landscape where most venues place concern of self image or reaction before the artists or events they support; The Island is different, it is home to the challenging, the creative, the alternative and the adventurous. The Island is alive. The Island makes art work.” T.Bacon – Live art performer & Curator