Bristol Creative Space: Creative Practitioners making use of disuesed buildings
Bristol Creative Space is The Capacity project is a Bristol-based regeneration project aiming to open up empty and underused buildings for creative uses for the benefit of Bristol’s creative community, residents and visitors to the city.
Creative Space Bristol is a legacy of Bristol City Councils Capacity scheme, developed by Ruth Essex which aimed to turn Bristol’s disused spaces into creative places. Capacity changed the creative landscape of Bristol, providing artists and arts organisations with affordable space and access to empty buildings in the City owned by the Council and brokering the use of privately owned buildings. This encouraged a surge of empowered creative communities and alternative creative economies to emerge and flourish across the city.
The temporary creative space project continues the legacy of Capacity through offering affordable space to artists to show work. The spaces make an invaluable contribution to Bristol’s arts ecology. Opening the spaces for arts activity has opened them up to passers-by and visitors also interested in the architecture and histories of the venues.
At present the Council offers two ongoing spaces for use by artists and arts organisations, The Edwardian Cloakroom, an architectural gem tucked away at the bottom of Woodland Road in Clifton and the Control Room on Redcliffe Bridget.
The cloakrooms have been closed to the public since 2001 and retains many beautiful original features including the black and white porcelain tiled floor. The Control Room is a small cabin on the North side of Redcliffe Bridge formerly housing the controls for operating Redcliffe swing bridge based on a busy commuter thoroughfare. The Control Room features 360 degree windows which make it a distinct and exciting space which can be viewed from many angles.