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.

“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:

Hire Costs

Commerical Hire

Per Week
Deanery Rd and Park Street £400
Park Street Vestibule £300
Deanery Road Vestibule £350

Per Day
Deanery Rd and Park Street £150
Park Street Vestibule £100
Deanery Road Vestibule £100

Community Groups, Charities, Educational Groups, Students and BCC Projects

Per Week
Deanery Road and Park Street £250
Park Street Vestibule £200
Deanery Road Vestibule £200

Per Day
Deanery Road and Park Street £100
Park Street Vestibule £60
Deanery Road Vestibule £60

Opening hours: 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.

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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Opening hours

Mon to Fri 8am – 8pm.

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