The Island is a self-funded multi use arts facility and creation centre based in the old Bridewell police station in the heart of Bristol’s 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.
In the last years the Island was majorly involved with Bristol’s art scene, having recently been involved with BS1 Open, Brisfest, Destination Bristol, Big Green Week, Mayfest and Bristol Biennial, The Island is rapidly becoming one of the key locations of choice to be involved in local art promotion.
As well as all this, The Island is now hosting around 129 working artists and approximately 150 space users on a daily basis. 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.
‘The Island is unique in that it not only offers a wonderfully exciting space in which to stage work or respond to it’s heritage in regard to site specific concerns, but it also fosters community 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’