SAVE JAMAICA STREET STUDIOS

by Jamaica Street Studios in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

Total raised £74,968

£85,000 target 22 days left
88% 673 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 11th June 2024 at 3:04pm

Help bring Jamaica Street Studios into community ownership and secure the future of a Bristol cultural landmark.

by Jamaica Street Studios in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

THIS IS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF BRISTOL


We have been given the incredible chance to buy the home of Jamaica Street studios; 37 - 39 Jamaica Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol! 

We have a one-off opportunity to purchase it, and if we can’t, the building will go on the open market.

We are thrilled to have already secured £500,400 from the Community Ownership Fund towards the building purchase. We now need YOUR help to raise the ‘match funding’ to unlock it!

Securing this funding will mean we are well on our way to being able to purchase our home of over 30 years.

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Bringing Jamaica Street Studios into community ownership will allow us to save these incredible studios and we also have a vision...

We recently opened our ground floor space, called KIT FORM. It's a creative space for everyone  - with a diverse programme of exhibitions, music, workshops, and screenings in the heart of Stokes Croft. We believe that art and creativity is for everyone.

We want to expand this programme of exhibitions and events. This will increase access to the arts and provide a place for artists to exhibit in a welcoming, and thriving space in central Bristol.

Our purchase will secure a legacy of community ownership, continue what we’ve begun with KIT FORM, and keep the studios affordable for future artists.

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WHO WE ARE

Jamaica Street Studios is a well-known affordable studio in Bristol; a home to artists with high-quality practices for over 30 years. We have over 35 artists here who are sculptors, illustrators, painters, filmmakers, photographers, and more. 

We enable many professional artists to successfully work and develop as full time practitioners of local, national, and international renown.

Our studio has supported artists who create the murals you see in the city, paintings & prints you buy, events you attend, films you watch, books you read and music you listen to - the creativity that makes Bristol and beyond vibrant.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

  • Your pledge will enable us to raise 'match funding' for the £500k we have already secured. If we don’t reach our funding target we will struggle to secure any further donations or investments from a number of key sources.

  • You’ll be preventing the loss of an integral part of the unique and exciting culture that makes Bristol the city it is.

  • You’ll be supporting the provision of an inviting, accessible, and creative space, open to everyone. KIT FORM will be part of the community infrastructure, particularly important in the surrounding area of high deprivation.

  • You’ll help us save a Grade II listed heritage building, keeping it in community ownership to share with everyone.

  • You’ll be helping us to expand our community engagement programme; build even better relationships with our local community, break down barriers and increase access to the arts: making JSS an arts and heritage space in Stokes Croft, with a city wide presence.

  • You’ll help ensure we can continue to provide affordable studio space for emerging and established artists of the future. There is already a lack of studios and art spaces in the city.

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OUR FUTURE PLANS FOR THE BUILDING

We have been working with the award-winning LHC Architects to draw up plans for the future of 37 - 39 Jamaica Street.

We will invest in the building; improve environmental performance, respect and restore its heritage features, and make it accessible and fit for purpose as a public building. Our mission is to make it even more of an integral part of the community infrastructure, particularly important in our area of high deprivation. 

This means more events, exhibitions, talks, screenings, workshops, music, performances for everyone to enjoy.

Jamaica Street Studios is a 'Community Interest Company', which means we can only use our assets to fulfil our not-for-profit aims of providing affordable studio spaces and expanding access to the arts.


WHAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR

Since we were given the opportunity to buy our building, we have started finalising our plans. This has included writing funding bids, negotiating, and developing plans that will secure this building for our community. We’ve crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s.

We have had a condition and structural survey, worked with LHC Architects on our RIBA Stage 0-1 feasibility report, and written a detailed Business Plan - we’re ready for this.

If we don't make our target, the reality is, our project is in serious jeopardy. We only have one year to complete the building purchase. If we don't suceed, we lose our grant and this building goes on the open market.


PLEDGE REWARDS 

The rewards on offer have been put together by our amazing studio holders, and include bespoke commissions, workshops, original artworks, and… Snooker final tickets!

We have a range of reward prices from £8 all the way up to £10,000. & if none of our rewards take your fancy, you can simply donate.

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THANK YOU

Whatever form it takes, your support and contributions will be hugely appreciated. You can support the project by: 

  • Pledging - however large or small, every bit counts
  • Sharing our Crowdfunder campaign on social media 
  • Telling your friends and spreading the word


Your help will be invaluable to us.
Let's make this happen!
Thank you for your support


Below is a selection of work from each of our studio holders. It is not a direct representation of the rewards on offer (except for Dorcas Casey), but gives you a great idea of each artist's work.

If you have any questions about our studios, campaign or rewards please get in touch with Rosie on [email protected]

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£60 or more

127 of 150 claimed

Become a Supporter - Big Bundle!

All the glory of being a Supporter (your name on the wall and an invite to our Autumn party) plus you'll receive our pin badge, mug, AND Turbo Island t-shirt!

£8 or more

KIT FORM pin badge

Wear with pride our very own KIT FORM logo pin badge, designed by Jacob Cozens. Includes postage to UK only.

£10 or more

49 of 100 claimed

'Bristol Scenes' postcards by Sarah Dowling

A gorgeous set of 4 postcards, made up of 2 different designs by illustrator Sarah Dowling (sarahdowling.co.uk)

£15 or more

I saved JSS...

...& all I got was this lousy mug! Remind yourself how brilliant you are every time you slurp on a hot beverage.

£25 or more

42 of 500 claimed

Become a Supporter

Not only will you revel in the knowledge that you've supported an important cause, but we'll also add you to our list of Supporters on our website and on a printed wall graphic in KIT FORM. Plus, you'll receive an invite to our Crowdfunder party in Autumn 2024.

£25 or more

4 of 50 claimed

Outdoor Painting Tutorial by Tom Hughes

Up your painting game with some tips from painter extraordinaire Tom Hughes in this downloadable 1hr outdoor painting tuition video. (tomhughespainting.co.uk)

£30 or more

16 of 50 claimed

Nasturtium Print by Claire Shorrock

A beautiful limited edition, signed, riso Nasturtium print by illustrator Claire Shorrock. (claireshorrock.com)

£40 or more

17 of 20 claimed

Customised 'Bristol Balloon Fiesta' Print

Illustrator Martyna Zoltaszek will create a one-of-a kind print of balloons over Bristol, by customising one of the balloons. Choose colour and/or add text. Could be a favourite phrase, a birthday shout out, a name... (martynazoltaszek.com)

£40 or more

Turbo Island 'I Saved JSS' tee

Yes! It's Turby's 'I Saved JSS' tee. Exclusive to this Crowdfunder, a collector's item. (turbo-island.co.uk)

£50 or more

3 of 4 claimed

Rubber Stamp Making Workshop with Dave Bain

A place on a four person 3 hour workshop in Dave Bain's studio learning how to carve your designs as rubber stamps. All materials provided. (davebain.com)

£50 or more

2 of 20 claimed

JSS Drawing Tour with Lucy Ward

Come and see inside our beautiful building on a drawing tour with artist Lucy Ward. A chance to take in the architecture of the building and practice your drawing. Tea and cake included! (drawlucyward.co.uk)

£50 or more

2 of 12 claimed

'Thinking About Grids' with Vera Boele-Keimer

Join artist Vera Boele-Keimer for a 3-hour workshop exploring the wonders of the grid! Showing examples of her own work, Vera will share her interest in grids followed by some hands-on (grid?) drawing and printing - and yes, there will be colour! (veraboelekeimer.co.uk)

£50 or more

8 of 10 claimed

'Brean Sunset v.4' print by Ruth Ander

Beautiful landscape giclee print & Crowdfunder exclusive, 'Brean Sunset v.4' by artist Ruth Ander. Print size: A5. (ruthander.co.uk)

£60 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Portfolio review with Dave Bain

1 hr portfolio review with illustrator and AOI mentor Dave Bain, either online or in-person, suitable for illustrators at any stage of their career. (davebain.com)

£60 or more

1 of 2 claimed

'Creative Support for Artists' with Sam Francis

Got an idea for a project but you're not sure how to make it happen? Join the excellent Sam Francis for an 1hr workshop on creative projects and fundraising. (samfrancisco.co.uk)

£70 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Hand Printing Video Course, by Ruth Ander

'Playful Printing at Home: The Complete Video Course' - Over 2 hours of self-paced recorded tuition guiding you though everything you need to start your own home hand printing studio and start making beautiful prints of your own. Normal price £95. (ruthander.co.uk)

£100 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Your Party at KIT FORM

Have exclusive use of our large mutli-purpose space for your own evening event. Booking worth £200.

£100 or more

4 of 50 claimed

'Jamaica Street Studios' Protest Print

An A2 size print of the Studio building rendered in Yuko’s cardboard cut-out style. (yukoedwards.com)

£100 or more

2 of 3 claimed

1-on-1 With Illustrator William Grill

1-on-1 personalised 2 hour session with award-winning illustrator William Grill. This will be tailored to you and could include portfolio advice (mainly illustrators), advice on technical skills, materials and process or advice with a specific book project or idea. (williamgrill.co.uk)

£100 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Hand Printing Video Course Bundle, by Ruth Ander

2 self-paced video courses to complete at your leisure. 'Playful Printing at Home' will guide you through everything you need to start hand printing at home. 'Landscape Impressions' dives a little deeper, leading you through all the steps techniques to make stunning landscape prints. Normal price £170. (ruthander.co.uk)

£100 or more

0 of 10 claimed

'Pigs & Sprouts' print by William Klose

A Crowdfunder exclusive print run of William Klose's magical animal scene 'Pigs and Sprouts'. Approx 27 x 27cm. (williamklose.com)

£100 or more

3 of 10 claimed

'Sheep & Scallions' print by William Klose

A Crowdfunder exclusive print run of William Klose's magical animal scene 'Sheep & Scallions'. Approx 27 x 27cm. (williamklose.com)

£120 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Seasonal Flower Illustrations by Emma Dibben

A set of 4 limited edition seasonal flower illustrations in Emma Dibben's iconic style. Giclee prints. Crowdfunder exclusive! All in an A4 size.(emmadibben.com)

£125 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Charcoal Drawing Workshop with William Grill

A charcoal drawing workshop with William Grill. Half a day abstract mark making at the studios, half a day applying what you've learnt to drawing outside at Clifton Downs (recommended for students and above, not for children sorry!).

£130 or more

0 of 10 claimed

'Reach', print by Adrian Sykes

Crowdfunder exclusive print of 'Reach' by Adrian Sykes. 45 x 45cm. (adriansykes.co.uk)

£150 or more

0 of 10 claimed

'How the Light Gets In', print by Adrian Sykes

Crowdfunder exclusive print of 'How the Light Gets In' by Adrian Sykes. 45 x 45cm. (adriansykes.co.uk)

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Your Own Comic by Tom Plant

Tom Plant will create you your very own comic strip, featuring a story of your choosing. (tom-plant.com)

£200 or more

6 of 20 claimed

Crowdfunder Exclusive Monoprint by Kate Evans

Get your exclusive hand-finished, drypoint monoprint by artist Kate Evans. (kateevansgallery.com)

£225 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Bespoke Commission from Rose Vickers (17 x 22cm)

Commission Rose Vickers to make a piece in your chosen colours and design, and can include personalisations such as initials or a school ruler. (rosevickers.co.uk)

£250 or more

2 of 8 claimed

Portrait Masterclass with Richard Twose

Join award-winning artist Richard Twose for a portrait painting masterclass in our very own KIT FORM gallery - expect bubbly! (richardtwose.co.uk)

£250 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Creative Workshop in Your Workplace!

Jess Knights will host a creative workshop for you and your colleagues at your place of work, for up to 20 people. Worth £400. (jessknights.co.uk)

£275 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Bespoke Commission from Rose Vickers (19 x 24cm)

Commission Rose Vickers to make a piece in your chosen colours and design, and can include personalisations such as initials or a school ruler. Framed. (rosevickers.co.uk)

£300 or more

1 of 3 claimed

A Bespoke Portrait Commission by Serena Curmi

Artist Serena Curmi will paint your portrait, or a portrait of your loved one, finished in resin in her signature style. Up to 15 x 15cm. (serenacurmi.com)

£300 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Your Favourite Item of Clothing, by Janie George

Janie George will create a bespoke painting commission of a favourite item of clothing of yours. The work will be oil on board and up to 30 x 40cm. (janiegeorge.space)

£375 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Bespoke Commission from Rose Vickers (25 x 28cm)

Commission Rose Vickers to make a piece in your chosen colours and design, and can include personalisations such as initials or a school ruler. Framed. (rosevickers.co.uk)

£400 or more

0 of 2 claimed

A Food Commission Painting by Emma Dibben

A Bespoke commission of your favourite vegetable, fruit, tin, or jar in Emma Dibben's iconic style, framed and ready to hang. (emmadibben.com)

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Your Portrait, painted by Philip Munoz

Painter Philip Munoz will paint your portrait, or a portrait of your loved one, in his phenomenal style. (philipmunoz.com)

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bespoke Landscape Drawing by William Grill

Commission a bespoke drawing of a landscape personal to you, by award-winning illustrator William Grill. (williamgrill.co.uk)

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Your Pet's Portrait by Richard Twose

Award winning painter Richard Twose will paint a bespoke portrait of your beloved pet. 40 x 40cm. (richardtwose.co.uk)

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Commission of Your Favourite View by Ruth Ander

Ruth Ander will recreate your favourite view, seascape or landscape, with this bespoke commission. Up 50 x 50cm. (ruthander.co.uk)

£1,500 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Family Photo Commission by Dan Parry-Jones

Dan Parry-Jones will create one of his iconic works, featuring a beloved photograph of your choice. (danpj.co.uk)

£1,500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Bespoke Mural by Dave Bain

Bespoke 2m x 2m mural designed and painted by illustrator and muralist Dave Bain. Value £2000. (davebain.com)

£2,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A Large Commission by Annie Clay

A stunning commission piece (up to 100cm x 75cm) of your location of choice with a 1-1 to discuss and visit the site where possible. (annieclay.co.uk)

£2,250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bespoke Painting Commission by Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood will create an artwork using the location of your choice, in his iconic painterly style. (andrewhoodgallery.com)

£2,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Personalised Embroidery by Jessa Fairbrother

A personalised embroidery of 'your story', which will be made on a photograph of your choice. You'll meet in Jessa's stunning studio, make a copy of your photograph, and she will make the bespoke artwork through hand-perforating and embroidery.

£5,000 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Become a Founder

We'll create a bespoke wall plaque celebrating you as one of our 10 founders. And, you'll be invited to a very special Founder's evening meal. You'll also have the option to be listed as a Founder on our website, either as a name or with your logo inclusion. PLUS, you'll receive our pin badge, t-shirt, mug and invite to our Crowdfunder party.

£20 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Signed William Grill book with a Character Sketch

Signed personalised book and a post card size character sketch. Book options: 'Shackleton’s Journey', 'The Wolves of Currumpaw', or 'Bandoola'. (williamgrill.co.uk)

£25 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Field Recording Techniques with Kathy Hinde

Join artist Kathy Hinde for a workshop exploring how to make field recordings using Hydrophones, contact mics, directional mics, and parabolic mics. (kathyhinde.co.uk)

£30 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Fun & Hands-on Children's Workshop

One child ticket (5 years and up) to take part in a splendid art workshop in KIT FORM, run by Illustrators and facilitators Jools Bentley & Martyna Zoltaszek, whose engaging workshops are loved by kids. (martynazoltaszek.com and joolsbentley.com)

£40 or more

7 of 7 claimed

Cyanotype Workshop

You can try out making your own cyanotype under the expert guidance of artist Claudia Pilsl, in the KIT FORM darkroom.

£40 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Crowdfunder Exclusive Lino Print by Tom Morris

Get your hands on one of a very exclusive run of 10 'Fisherman' lino prints by artist Tom Morris. (instagram.com/tom.h.morris)

£40 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Exclusive lino print by Charlie Brandon-King

Your chance to bag one of a run of 20 lino prints by artist Charlie Brandon-King, exclusive to our Crowdfunder! (charliebrandonking.com)

£50 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Super 8 Film Workshop with Niyaz Saghari

Join artist Niyaz Saghari in the KIT FORM darkroom for a workshop exploring the magic of Super 8 film. Materials included.

£50 or more

4 of 4 claimed

16mm Film Workshop with Vicky Smith

Master of 16mm film, artist Vicky Smith, will lead a workshop in the medium in our KIT FORM darkroom. Materials included.

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Procreate Masterclass with Jools Bentley

Children's book illustrator extraordinaire Jools Bentley will give you a 1hr procreate masterclass in her studio! (joolsbentley.com)

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

'Sew a Tote Bag' workshop with Clemency Calkin

A 1-to-1 machine sewing lesson for beginners or improvers with Clemency Calkin, at KIT FORM or a BS postcode home. (instagram.com/clemency_rose)

£100 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Original Drawing from William Grill's new book

Original tonal drawing of a spread from William Grill's book ‘Cloudspotting For Beginners’, out July 2024, A4 size

£150 or more

10 of 10 claimed

'Fresh Bakery' Limited Edition Print by Annie Clay

Exclusive limited edition, hand finished giclee print of artist Annie Clay's painting 'Fresh Bakery'. (annieclay.co.uk)

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Hand Printing Workshop for Your Club or Group

A 2 hour workshop with artist Ruth Ander on hand printing, for your group, club or at your workplace in Bristol, North Somerset or South Glos area. (ruthander.co.uk)

£250 or more

2 of 2 claimed

'Bristol Scenes' Originals by Sarah Dowling

Buy one of the two original 'Bristol Scenes' watercolours by illustrator Sarah Dowling. You choose one of two originals. (sarahdowling.co.uk)

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original Artwork from Cloudspotting for Beginners

A stunning original artwork from William Grill's new book 'Cloudspotting for Beginners’, which is out July 2024. A4 size artwork. (williamgrill.co.uk)

£500 or more

4 of 4 claimed

A Daniel Ablitt Original!

Your chance to add an original Daniel Ablitt painting to your collection. 27 x 32 cm. Each worth £975. (danielablitt.co.uk)

£600 or more

1 of 1 claimed

10 Day Art Retreat in Greece for 2

An artist residency in the picturesque village of Kazaviti on the island of Thasos. Dates to be chosen between May and August 2025. (Find out more waterandrock.org/residencies)

£800 or more

1 of 1 claimed

x2 tickets to Masters Snooker final at Ally Pally

Get to the front of the cue (ha!) with two tickets to both sessions of the Masters Snooker final at Alexandra Palace!

£800 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Onneeeeee hundred and eighty!

Wow, it's your opportunity to get your hands on 2 tickets to the World Darts Championship Final!

£1,000 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Snooker Tutorial with Steve Davis

A two hour snooker tutorial session with the man, the legend, the six times world champion - Steve Davis! No, REALLY!

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A Portrait of you by Karen Edwards

RWA academician Karen Edwards will paint a magical portrait of you in a woodland.

£2,500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ram Head by Dorcas Casey

An amazing opportunity to own an iconic Ram Head Sculpture (4 of 6) by sculptor Dorcas Casey. (dorcascasey.com)

£3,500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bespoke Painting Commission by Elaine Jones

Elaine Jones will create one of her stunning large scale commissions for you. Up to 110 x 110cm. Value £4500. (elainejonesgallery.com)

£10,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Name the KIT FORM bar after you or your business

Let's raise a glass to you in your very own named bar! Plus, you'll be invited to our Founder meal, Crowdfunder party and receive our pin badge, t-shirt, and mug.

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