Arts West Side


An open space where anyone can showcase work, deliver projects & share ideas

SPACE - Sound-Performance-Art-Community-Engagement - @ArtsWestSide

The Island's vision is to create a welcoming and open to the local community space and support the creative community in Bristol with a new hub where they can showcase work and share ideas.

Keep you eyes out for an ever changing space for an exciting programme including monthly events, exhibitions, workshops, art & crafts, pop-up shops, small theatre shows, fashion markets and so much more...

This is an exciting partnership between two Key Arts Providers for Bristol, and we want you to get involved and share your ideas with us!

If you would like further information regarding SPACE, exhibition/space avails, please contact Claire Brown, Project Assistant at: 07922 359 261 /


A place for artists and community groups to build links and develop projects

In 2011 Trinity took on a 5-year lease on 6 West Street, Old Market, through the Bristol City Council's Community Asset Transfer (CAT) policy. In 2012 we launched Arts West Side (AWS), to provide a hub for community and arts activities, (2012-2016).

Our aim is to provide more activities within the area and increase opportunities, in order to support the ongoing regeneration of Old Market.

Over the years AWS has been able to accommodate the needs of small grass-roots groups and community initiatives that may otherwise not be able to afford inner city space, like our past tenants Phase 8 Photography and the Bristol Somali Youth Network - a voluntary youth led organisation that advocates equality, representation and integration of Somali Youth in Bristol through sports, arts and culture.

The partnership between The Island (an Artspace Lifespace project) and Trinity to maintain and promote AWS & SPACE as an affordable, accessible community arts space began in April 2016.

Standing for ‘Sound, Performance, Art, Community, Engagement’, SPACE hosts public events, art shows, artist residencies, community meetings, pop-up shops, as well as providing opportunities for volunteers.

SPACE & Arts West Side have secured an extended lease from the City Council and will continue as a community asset and a hub for community arts and events until the end of March 2018.

What's on


Arts West Side & SPACE

6 West Street

Old Market

Bristol BS2 0BH


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