Artspace Lifespace at Jacobs Wells Baths

Extracts from Artspace Lifespace Press Release of 14th October:

Introducing our newest project

Jacobs Wells Baths

Jacobs Wells Baths

In September 2016, Bristol City Council Property team approached our organisation Artspace Lifespace (Registered Charity Number 1168150) and offered us a temporary lease for the recently vacated Jacobs Wells Baths while exploring options for the buildings future.

Jacobs Wells Baths building provides a unique opportunity for Artspace Lifespace to develop the work we do as an organisation in providing Access, Space, Logistics and Support for a vibrant creative community in Bristol and beyond.

Thousands of commercial and industrial buildings are vacant and decaying in towns and cities all over the country. Many long-term empty properties stay that way for years, some even decades. We support place-based, creative problem solving that encourages the emergence of new spaces for participation, diversity, and experimentation in the community.

Artspace Lifespace is working to transform neighbourhoods. We make space accessible to a wide variety of creative influences serves to enrich and develop the multi cultural identity of any community.

Current projects include The Island, SPACE and Loco Klub.

Our longest run and most successful project is The Island, Nelson street. The Island is based at the old Bridewell police station and operates artists studios, dance and circus space, a gallery and a theatre rehearsal space together with a small venue space.

Artspace Lifespace’s main vision is to create a welcoming and open space for the local community and to support creativity in Bristol with a new hub at Jacobs Wells Baths. The organisation will be working closely with the local community and interested group to curate a very exciting programme of events, ranging from exhibitions, workshops, art & crafts pop-ups, small scale theatre shows and community events.

Councillor Estella Tincknell, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Culture, said: “This agreement with Artspace Lifespace will secure the building in the short term and breathe new life into this important community space. I am pleased that the focus for the future will be on creating an open space for the community to engage with local creatives and support a diverse programme of events and exhibitions.”

The main space will be used mainly for dance and theatre rehearsal space. And the former Café area will be the Hub where artists and the local community can showcase work and share ideas.

Jacobs Wells Community Hub has been heavily involved in securing the future of the building and have organized various community activities in the old Baths. “Jacobs Wells Community Hub are looking forward to working with Dina and ArtspaceLifespace whilst they are based in the Jacobs Wells Baths.  We have confidence that Helen Bone (Vivid Regeneration) and Dina Ntziora (ArtspaceLifespace) are the best we could wish for to help us nurture and cherish this wonderful iconic building. We want to see the building flourish as a multi-use building that encompasses a wide variety of arts, culture and leisure activities; ideally with community and dance at it’s core.’’  Heather Watts from Jacobs Wells Community Hub.

Artspace LIfespace would like to encourage all dance and performance groups as well as local creative and community groups to get in touch and share their ideas and proposals for the best use of the space.

  • Artspace Lifespace (Reg Charity No: 1168150) have now signed a 6-month licence to occupy the building and have taken over responsibility for the security of the property.(this will expire on 5 February 2017).
  • Artspace Lifespace (Reg Charity No: 1168150) will be permitted to use the building for its dance, music, fitness, arts and community activities similar to those currently carried out at The Island (former Bridewell Police Station).
  • BCC is aware that the local community have expressed serious concerns over the future of the property and also about its current, dilapidated condition. By letting ArtspaceLifespace take control of the building for the next 6 months, the council have secured the property from vandalism and unlawful occupation.
  • The council’s Arts Team and Property Team will be jointly exploring options for future use of the building. The council’s Arts Team and Property Team will be jointly exploring options for future use of the building. Vivid Regeneration has been commissioned by the Neighbourhood Partnership to help develop a long-term vision and forward plan for the building.


Helen Bone, lead consultant “I am looking forward to working with the local community and the vibrant and diverse dance and arts communities in Bristol to develop a robust and deliverable long term vision for the building.  It is a building with huge potential and presents an exciting challenge for the city and its many interested stakeholders”.

We will also be running in partnership with Jacobs Wells Community Hub and Vivid Regeneration the following community consultation days:

Session #1 COMMUNITY focus

Sat 15TH October 2016, 1-4pm


Session #2 DANCE & ARTS focus

Sat 12th November 2016, 1-4pm


Session #3 HISTORY & HERITAGE focus

Sat 3rd December 2016, 1-4pm

ALL WELCOME – JOIN US to share ideas and thoughts about the future of Jacobs Wells Baths.

Check here for up to date listings of events at Jacobs Wells Baths: Listings