The Jam Jar
 

A community arts space supporting independent music, arts & culture.

 
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What is The Jam Jar?

The Jam Jar is a volunteer-led independent community arts space in the heart of Bristol. We transformed a derelict and dysfunctional warehouse unit into a totally unique creative space, where grassroots projects are born and a host of artistic mediums can be practiced, produced and performed. Our unit, 4A of The Old Malt House, now contains 12 separate creative studio spaces. 2 purpose built music productions studio’s, 3 multi use practice spaces, 3 shared studio spaces, 4 private studio spaces, a roof terrace and a performance hall.

Over the last few years we have developed a substantial network of people who rely on the space to produce their work. We have seen creatives from all walks of life come in and hone their skills producing incredible and diverse work. It brings us great pride to see our community work together and cross pollinate disciplines to create.

What we do.

The Jam Jar's sole aim is to support and promote grassroots and independent culture and creativity. We hire studio and desk spaces on a flexible basis to facilitate independent creatives. We provide community space for a wide range of artists, musicians, hobbyists and activists.

Historically The Jam Jar is most known for its weekend shows. We are incredibly proud to have hosted artists from all over the world, whilst being equally proud of our diverse audiences. Over the years we have been able to consistently produce shows paying staff and artists fairly. We believe that without independent music and arts the human experience will be a little less rich!

 
 
 

A beautiful place where you feel the team’s passion and love." -

STUFF.  |  Belgian CONTEMPORARY Jazz Superstars

 
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The Journey

Going from a derelict industrial space to a respected creative institution has not been a straightforward process. Driven by ambition, passion and a vision to leave a lasting stitch on Bristols cultural tapestry, the Jam Jar’s longstanding members have poured in everything they have to continue the legacy of the space until now and this journey is far from over.


It all began in the Spring of 2014, a ragtag bunch of individuals with vastly different tastes and skills came together to hire a space, renovating it using largely their own skills, and recycled materials. Money was borrowed, savings were spent, with an original investment of less than £15,000 The Jam Jar was born! Opening for the first time on the 12th July 2014 - as the doors opened the tools went away and people flooded in. Over the years people have come and gone, but their influences will always remain - little touches here and there, echoes of their presence shaping the future of the space.

In August 2017, The Jam Jar applied to the authorities for a full premises license. Until this point the space had operated informally, having been brought to compliance with health and safety and fire regulation with specific guidance - the only problem being noise pollution. The achievement of a full time premise license would finally secure the Jam Jar an income, and the ability to sustain itself without relying on the tireless hours of volunteer time. Until this point for every penny raised two were spent on constant renovations.

Whilst this application was rejected, the teams drive and commitment was bolstered. With legal advice, from solicitors, the police, and the noise pollution team we set out targets, goals and hatched a plan, a clear path to a position of security. If we could alleviate the noise issue, and complete specific works on the site we could achieve our goal.

Soon after in November 2017 we launched a crowdfunding campaign. Received brilliantly by our supporters, hundreds of people donated thousands of pounds, during the time we received praise and encouragement from local, national and international creative treasures. Whilst we did not meet our full target, we had enough money to make a start on the works.

Now, almost a year later as winter draws in we have managed to raise over double the crowdfunders target and have spent it on massive renovations. A new organisational structure has formed, new bonds have emerged, and we are well on track to the resubmission of our premises licence application. Having reduced a huge percentage of the noise leakage we have very little left to achieve before our next milestone. In the interim we have been granted a number of temporary events for the remainder of 2018, and throughout 2019. Stay tuned for more shows!

 
 
 

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A platform for creatives and musicians in Bristol…

A platform for creatives and musicians in Bristol…

 
 

Support the Jam Jar…

Formally known as The Old Malthouse, the Jam Jar is a volunteer-led independent community arts space in the heart of Bristol.

We transformed a derelict and dysfunctional warehouse unit into a totally unique creative space, where grassroots projects are born and a host of artistic mediums can be practiced, produced and performed. We have converted the main space into a performance space, created a purpose built recording studio, a creative suite and a green roof garden. 

Over the last few years we have developed a substantial network of people who rely on the space to produce their work. We have seen creatives from all walks of life come in and hone their skills producing incredible and diverse work. It brings us great pride to see our community work together and cross pollinate disciplines to create incredible work.

What we do.

The Jam Jar's sole aim is to support and promote grassroots and independent culture and creativity.

The Jam Jar is most known for its weekend shows. We are incredibly proud to have hosted artists from all over the world, whilst being equally proud of our diverse audiences. Over the years we have been able to consistently produce shows paying staff and artists fairly. We believe that without independent music and arts the human experience will be a little less rich!

Testimonials:

"We got the chance early on to play the venue and had our most legendary UK live shows there. A beautiful place where you feel the teams passion and love." - STUFF. - Belgian contemporary Jazz Superstars

"The jam jar has been a space of inspiration and creative strength. Being invited to be and share at the jam jar was the beginning of an awesome journey in art for me. Communities need spaces like this to keep the magic, support and sense of family alive. The space may be small but it is mighty in the role it plays in Bristols creative and art sector" - Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley - Broadcast journalist - Ujima Radio and BCFM

We need your help if we want to keep this project going! Please have a look at our Crowdfunding Video for more information.

What can you do?

We need help from anyone!

If you love the Jam Jar,

If you love music,

If you love independent and grassroots projects,

If you love art.

Please donate. Without donors, we can’t reach our target (and you get juicy rewards).

Please attend one of our fundraiser events.

Please talk about us to anyone and everyone!