Bristol: using empty space on a grand scale

Bodies in Urban Spaces dance projectIn the UK, the combination of a passionate and driven council employee and a group of multi-skilled artists in Bristol has resulted in the dynamic use of empty buildings on a huge scale which should inspire any city thinking about creative reuse activity.

Pulling off the successful temporary use of large empty spaces has regenerated neighbourhoods, built new creative hubs and artist networks, developed reputations for local artists and, unexpectedly, provided valuable input into community services planning.

In September 2011, Lisa Andersen interviewed the manager of Bristol City Council's Capacity regeneration project, Ruth Essex, and space re-user Doug Francis, from Artspace Lifespace and Invisible Circus, for this inspirational case study about creative space reuse in Bristol.