Artists Spaces, Research Trip to Bristol

Along side my degree, I have been looking into spaces that would be suitable to set up and run as an open plan creative space which we could open and run after our assessments. As Bristol is well known for these creative hubs, I spent the day visiting and researching in order to get some ideas that we could incorporate into our own.

The Island

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The first one that I stumbled across was this amazing old police station in the centre of the city.  I am amazed that someone has been able to get a hold of such a building in order to create it into a studio complex ( part of the Artspace Lifespace community ). It is big enough to host over a hundred resident artist from a diverse scene from all over Bristol. This is defiantly a place that people would want to be and it is not surprising that it is so successful, running numerous gigs, mini festivals and performances.

Paper Arts Gallery

Paper Arts gallery were currently hosting a group of illustrators from Cardiff School of Art and Design, so I specifically popped down to check out their work and their space also. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was so central to the town, attracting a big audience, however it did really only suit small, mainly illustrative work.  However, the location was fantastic, and  it was inving extra people in as they also offered extra services such as a cafe and and creative support for whoever needed it. It was good to see a creative hub that offers a platform for young emerging artists to develop and realise their potential from people that understand.

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