Events and exhibitions

The Create Centre has its own gallery space which is available for private hire. Email for details or come in and speak to the Reception team.

Details of our current exhibition are listed below.

Create Creators Art Exhibition

Join us for a fantastic exhibition of diverse and creative artworks by staff and tenants of Create.

The Create Centre houses around twenty different organisations, including the council’s bike loan scheme, apprenticeship training, and numerous charities serving the community in areas such as recycling, child safety, and the elderly. In addition to our tenants, we have the Reception Team, security staff and café employees, all helping to keep the building a safe and happy place to work.

But what about their work outside of work?

Create Creators is a unique opportunity to showcase the diverse creative talents of people who work at the Create Centre. This is the first exhibition of its kind, with no fixed theme and features a diverse array of work including collage, photography, painting, and embroidery. We can’t wait to share it with you!

The exhibition will be open to the public from 1st-31st August, Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm. There will be originals and prints available to purchase directly from the artists and we are asking that 20% be donated to one of our suggested charities, or to a charity of the artist’s choice. The suggested charities are The Underfall Yard Trust and The Avon Wildlife Trust.

We hope that Create Creators might inspire other workplaces within the council to hold similar events for their staff or tenants. And if you’re at a loss for a venue, perhaps we can help! Please email for any enquiries.

Diverse Bristol Creative Writing Group Launch at The Create Centre

Join the Diverse Creative Writing  Group, for adults who identify as autistic, as they display examples of their work in the Create Centre café. Meet the writers and hear them read their pieces.

The group has been running since 2016. Our members have produced some incredible work, and performed at the Bristol Festival of Literature in 2020.

Diverse is an independent organisation run for and by people that identify as autistic in the Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area. It runs activities for adults to attend organised by people who identify as autistic. Diverse aims to grow a friendly, neurodiverse connected community through social activities,

Event launch: 12th July at 1pm in the café space. FREE ADMISSION. All welcome.

Create Centre
Smeaton Road
Spike Island

Further information

The Diverse Creative Writing Group meets monthly on Tuesday afternoons at Bishopston Library. If you identify as autistic and would be interested in joining, email To find out more about Diverse South West Autism Groups, go to

How Time Flies

Picture Hotwells

A Millennium Exhibition by Hotwells and Cliftonwood Community Association.

There are scrapbooks of images and lots of information to see.


Regular Activity

Fabrication logo

‘The UK discards nearly a million tonnes of textiles every year ‘ (WRAP)

This exploration of some of the aspects of textile sustainability consists of two parts. Firstly the CREATE Centre hosts a permanent exhibition of information about textile sustainability, including advice, explanations, and facts and figures. This exhibition is open during CREATE opening hours. The second part is the practical activity days that take place on most Wednesdays from mid morning to mid afternoon. Here the exhibition is extended to include examples of domestic items made from fabrics that would otherwise have been sent to landfill. In addition, such items as cushions, tea cosies, table mats and many other items are being made on the spot, with the intention of encouraging visitors to start or continue their own work. At all the times the exhibition and practical activities are open, free small fabric pieces are usually available so that visitors can take them to incorporate in their own projects.

FABRICation is run by Mike Timmins, who is experienced in decorative textiles as well as textile science and technology.

Transformabin is now at Create!

Transformabin photo

As part of Bristol’s 2015 Green Capital celebrations, 14 unique community inspired projects were commissioned for each of it’s Neighbourhood Partnerships. Mufti Games with Baggator Young People’s Project successfully pitched to Ashley, Lawrence Hill and Easton Partnership to create a fun project highlighting issues relating to household waste, fly-tipping, and recycling in the local area.

From this the Transformabin was created; a communal bin converted into a playable games station. The simple labyrinth style game highlights the effects that waste has on our city, combining fun and imagination with a positive envorimental message.

The Transformbin is a permanent fixture at Create and can be found in our gallery,
Monday to Friday, 9-5pm.