At Hammond Associates we often get little updates from the many charitable tenants occupying the spaces we procure, and one such update is from Artspace Lifespace.
Artspace Lifespace are one of the charities that help to transform the secured properties into thriving creative resources. Serving the Bristol arts community since 2006, they became a registered charity in 2016 and enable artists to have access to space from a range of disciplines so they can freely create their art and provide workshops to teach others.
A gleaming example of their work can be seen in the transformation of a former Marks & Spencer store in Broadmead:
Introducing Sparks Bristol – an art and sustainability hub for local artists including artist R&D space, a reuse shop providing recycled goods, repair services, and education projects for schools. With installations, stalls, and workshops to demonstrate how to take easy (and often money-saving) actions on climate, equality and wellbeing, Sparks stands out in Bristol as a vibrant, positive venue where visitors can shop, recycle, and explore what a greener, fairer and creative future could look like. Since launching back in May of this year, the new space has seen over 223,000 vistors pass through its doors with thousands more set to experience the transformation with each new day.
It’s incredible the difference some care and attention can do, not only to the individual buildings that get transformed but also to the communities that surround them and benefit from the new lease of life their local high-street has been given. Below are just a few pictures of Sparks Bristol’s many offerings to its local community, bringing people together and fighting for a better future: