the garage

the garage

an artist-led residency space in Bristol


The Garage is a dedicated space that offers artists the freedom to explore, experiment and test out their work & ideas through individual residencies. It also offers opportunities to collaborate and engage with other artists, and the public, through workshops and other events.  The Garage is not a commercial space or gallery – rather it is a pressure-free environment for artists to contemplate and consider their work and practice.

It was founded by Helen Acklam in August 2019 and its development has depended on an organic process involving participating artists and the wider network of artists and artist-led groups.   The fundamental aim is to encourage activities that stimulate generosity and sharing, conversation and thought around the ideas that feed our practices.


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