Capacity Bristol

Please note that unfortunately due to public sector cuts, Capacity Bristol is no longer running but this site is still open as a record of activities which went on… big big thankyou to everyone who participated in this scheme

The Capacity Bristol site is online… with information, latest news of what’s on and opportunities around the temporary use of buildings and spaces in Bristol for artists…

What’s on and latest news….

Commonwealth Theatre ‘Our Glass Theatre’

The Looking Glass- New Pop up arts venue and artist studios for Bristol- Opening March 9th

Artist collective Steal From Work and Rolling Stage have teamed up to open up a new arts venue in a council owned building in the heart of Bristol

This disused pub is stepped in history and dates back to the 1700’s, and will now open its doors for the first time in 10 years to to host a series of exciting and cutting edge performing arts events.

Rolling Stage will be hosting monthly events at The Looking Glass starting from the end of Feb. More Information on coming arts events coming soon.

The Looking Glass consists of an upstairs bar area with great character, wood panelling, and lots of mirrors with a down stairs cellar area with two long narrow cellars and some quirky spaces ideal for interactive theatre and performance/instillation space. There are two separate entrances to the venue.

For further info on space hire email:
39 THE High Street (Next to St’Nicks Market, Around the corner from Corn Street) Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom · Get Directions
07595 415 670

Hand in Glove take over the STAPLETON ROAD TAVERN, Easton

CALL OUT: Bristol based artists, curators and creative groups

Opportunities include:
– Stapleton Road Tavern Window Commission
– Stapleton Road Tavern Residency
– Use of space for your creative activity, free of charge!
– Volunteering
More info on opportunities and how to be involved are here

At the Showroom….

At The Parlour…

The Dolls Tea Party by the Expressions project (Milestones Trust)
Come and join the dolls for a cuppa…open every day 6-11th Febuary

At the Control Room:

Hand in Gloves New Project taking over a pub on Stapleton Road:
Hand in Glove are delighted to announce our support of Stapleton Road Tavern, and to inform you of the exciting opportunities they have on offer.

Opportunities include:
– Stapleton Road Tavern Window Commission
– Stapleton Road Tavern Residency
– Use of Space for your Creative Activity, Free of Charge!
– Volunteering
– Visit Stapleton Road Tavern Open House

Stapleton Road Tavern is a temporary creative project space situated in a disused public house on the border of Old Market and Easton in Bristol. Stapleton Road Tavern will present a series of modest commissions and events, whilst also inviting local artists and community groups to make use of the space free of charge.

Stapleton Road Tavern is striving to become a unique hub for the community where people from all walks of life can come together to engage with each other in creative activity. Delivering a range of arts activities throughout Spring 2012, the intention is to create a space where individuals and groups can raise the profile and visibility of their activity and contribute to the regeneration of the Stapleton Road area.

Download the brief in full here:
or visit Stapleton Road Tavern’s blog for full details here:

New Exhibition at Broadwalk Arts:
Broadwalk Arts presents: ‘Kitsch’

The brash and often tacky aesthetics of kitsch (or ‘junk’ as it translates) can be considered inferior, low cuture art. This exhibition offers an insight into 12 artists work that in some way references the themes, imagery and iconography associated with kitsch and explores how notions of kitsch can be incorporated within art and art practice. Kitsch is a selected multi-disciplinary exhibition of sculpture, photography, collage and painting that promises to be bright, bold, brazen and far from subtle.

No Dress Rehearsal release
‘An inspiring journey about love, life, hard graft and pigeon shit’
Naomi Smyth’s documentary film following the evolution of the Invisible Circus in Bristol and the story of the takeover of spaces around the city has been released…
For reviews, screening info and pay-per-view online rental click here and to buy a copy click here.

Coming up:

19th Nov – 24th December (10 – 6pm Tuesday till Sundays).
Veer off the high street for this alternative Xmas shopping experience.
You will find a Xmas installation with unique home made gifs, artwork, and a place to make your own presents. Come along, have a browse, get involved and make stuff.

If you are an artist and have something to sell email

Splash and Ripple’s new halloween experience, Shadows Follow hits Bristol
Capacity is happy to be supporting Bristol’s new pervasive game company Splash and Ripple with their latest creation Shadows Follow…

Dare you face your worst fears?

From Bristol’s deep and ancient roots a darkness is rising, as the shadows grow you can feel it getting closer – your skin prickles, breath mists, pulse quickens…
Nightmares infiltrate reality.
What was that….? Did you hear it?
No – seriously – didn’t you see that?
Shadows Follow is a psychological thriller game set in the darkest places of central Bristol. Bring along your friends this halloween weekend for 1.5 hours of unique and nightmarish adventure.

The game is both in and outside with some walking/sneaking/running required; bring a mobile phone and wear comfortable shoes. Flashes and strobe lighting will be used.

Tickets from here

This year Broadwalk Arts will be hosting a two week art and craft market in their space in Broadwalk Shopping Centre. This event will run from Monday 12th December to Friday 23rd December and will be open Monday to Saturday 11am to 4pm (you can participate for one week or two weeks). It will cost £10 per week per space and 10% of any sales made. Participants are required to hang/display their own work and do 5 hours invigilation for each week they are taking part- so you don’t have to be there all the time. (Broadwalk Arts members pay a discounted rate of £8 per week).
If you would like more information or a booking form please email:

Broadwalk Arts is inviting artists to respond the concept of ‘kitsch’ for a selected group exhibition taking place in January 2012.
We are seeking to engage with artists whose work explores the themes, imagery and iconography often associated with kitsch. The aesthetics of kitsch are often considered tasteless, brash and ‘low art’, yet we are interested in how this can be incorporated within art practice. This call-out is open to artists in the south west and surrounding areas working in any medium.

All submissions to include:

Artists Statement
Description of your submitted work
Max. 5 selected images

To make a submission please email:

There is no funding in place for this exhibition and selected artists will be asked to contribute £5 towards rental of the space.

Deadline: Weds 31st November

The Cuppa Cake and Make project have made a short film about their time in the Parlour. Watch it here

Freak Street Studios launches– New Artist Studios and Gallery in Bedminster
Freak Street Studios is a new artist led cooperative representing a diverse collection of cutting edge fine artists and creatives. Having worked closely with Capacity and Art Space Life Space to obtain the space, they have over the last year been repairing and renovating the building. The space now includes several workshops and studios housed by blacksmiths, carpenters, painters, photographers, sculptors and printmakers as well as several exhibition spaces.
They are looking for artists to exhibit in the gallery and in the large window boxes as part of an ongoing programme from August till December 2011. (This is not a commercial gallery – experimental, installation based, performance art and mixed media work is much welcomed)
Please email or telephone 07875591839 for further info or email proposals to

The College project… Capacity is working with Artspace Lifespace and the Home and Communities Agency to create spaces for artists at the ex Bristol City College on Marksbury Road, Bedminster. We have now moved onto the huge site and are getting it ready for occupation. Many different sized spaces are available for studios, workshops, classes, rehearsing etc. Please contact for more info.

Taking over the billboardsBurg Arts launches

An old billboard in St Werburghs which hasn’t been used for years has been taken over by local artists and has become an outdoor gallery with artwork changing every month…silent hobo has kicked the project off…
Coming Up
Capacity supports the welcome return of Igfest and 2.8 Hours Later– The city wide zombie chase game

Live out your fantasy in the Cowgirl Rodeo – are you the cowgirl or the cow? Flirt with danger in The Vampires of Strawberry Hill. The pigs are hiding eggs, the birds are furious, who’ll win in Angry Balls? Or play Arcade Anarchy, the giant Tetris game – run the course, dodge the baddies and beat down Pacman, Mario and the Space Invaders.

Join us in the Tech Pavilion for a selection of pervasive games. Seek ‘n Spell – run for your letters in GPS Scrabble, best played in teams. And Gigaputt by Gigantic Mechanic – use your handset like a Wiimote in this city-wide game of golf – remember your iPhone.

And back by popular demand, 2.8 Hours Later – attempt to survive the Zombie Apocalypse as our headline game explodes on to the streets again, featuring a huge cast of zombies and all new locations.

igfest 2011 brings together the world’s leading games designers for the very first time, with games from New York’s Come Out and Play and San Francisco’s SF0, London’s Hide & Seek and Bristol’s own SlingShot. Check out the full line up.

igfest takes in Bristol on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of the May bank holiday weekend. Tickets can be bought for both full days or just the one.

2.8 Hours Later runs on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th & Saturday 28th from 9pm.

Antlers Nomadic Gallery has a new show…

At The Victorian Toilets….

Exhibition of new work by Mary Flower and Laura Phillips

Act I: Mary Flower private view, 2nd June, 6.oopm – 8.oopm
Show runs Friday 3rd June – Sunday 5th June, 1.3opm 5.3opm

Act II: Laura Phillips private view, 9th June, 6.oopm – 8.oopm
Show runs Friday 10th June – Sunday 12th June 1.3opm – 5.3opm

Exhibition situated at the corner of Woodland Road and Park Row, Bristol, BS1 5LT

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