Gallery Space at The Island

Space Type: Gallery

Total Capacity:

80 seated & 120 standing

Suitable for:

  • Dance
  • Performance with an Audience
  • Rehearsal

Opening Hours

8 am - 10 pm.

bookings running past 11 pm incur a late night hire fee.

Licenses Held:

Temporary event licence required and submitted by the Island for events wishing to sell alcohol.

Booking Info

Costs & Terms of Hire:

Rates to hire The Gallery:

Per hour: £30.00
Between 1-5 hours: hourly rate of £30.00 per hour
Over 5 hours: day rate of £200.00 per day
For late night functions: hire rate £350.00
One week, 7 days: £400.00
Weekend rate: £350.00
25% discount to: charities, education organisations, artists in low income, youth groups.

120 maximum capacity.

Terms and Conditions of hire can be found on the Island website at:

Contact Name:

Tina Backhouse

Email Address:

[email protected]

Telephone Number:

0117 3763457


Exhibit in the heart of the city

The Island is a studio complex, arts facility and events space located in a unique site, the Old Bridewell Police Station in Bristol’s city centre.
We now have opportunities for artists of all mediums to exhibit, perform, hold workshops, forums, theatre shows and photography shoots in the Gallery Space.

The Gallery Space is a large room with a stunning over-head windows which produce a vast amount of natural light.

This space is hugely flexible to the requirements of the user. As well as the main space, there is also access to an adjoining smaller d-shape room which can either be used as an extension of the gallery or as a back house area.

The Island encourage artists to fully use the space for programming additional events related to your exhibition such as talks, workshops and networking opportunities.

The Island is an Equal Opportunities and All Welcome creative space.


  • Accessible Entrance:No/Unknown
  • Accessible Toilet: No/Unknown
  • Induction Loop Available: Yes
  • Blue Badge Parking Available: Yes

More Accessibility Information:

Our Gallery space is based on the 1st floor. Access is via a stairwell. We regret the 1st floor is not accessible to wheelchair users due to the Grade 2 Listed nature of the premises.

Parking Details:

We are able to book in courtyard parking with The Station for unloading and loading of equipment into the space.

The NCP parking building is located directly across the road on Fairfax St, Bristol BS1 3BB.

Bristol has free on street parking on Sundays.


  • Dressing Room
  • Private Room
  • Toilets


  • Width: 7m
  • Length: 9m

Technical Info

Floor Description:

Wooden parquet flooring

Physical description:

Large naturally lite 1st exhibition and performance space on the 1st floor of a former police station now arts complex in the centre of Bristol.

Power Supply:

standard power sockets x 8 + 32 Amp - 3 phase supply.

Rigging Information:

The room has two Steel RSJ crossbeam with textile round slings attached to one of the structure. The height from where aerial equipment can be rigged is 6 metres.

Blackout Details:

The d-shaped back house room can be blacked out.