Day School offers artists a shared studio space alongside monthly education days with guest artists, support and advice for work and careers, and other professional development opportunities, community projects and social occasions.

invited guest artists/professionals are drawn from ebc’s diverse network, and reflect the many different artistic practices represented in the UK. Day School is an inclusive and welcoming environment, and the artists we work with are selected with these values in mind.

the school is both committed to the idea of alternative education as a meaningful response to the current climate of UK arts provision and educational institutions, and the opportunity to see the arts encouraged and thriving in the amazing city of Bristol. 

“great opportunity to meet people, challenge your ideas and may help change the direction of your practice”

“a playful place to try new methods and ideas and learn from an eclectic range of inspiring artists”

Day School participants 21/22

what do participants have access to?

-24/7 access to a shared studio space and desk space (or equivalent), space to be coordinated and set up collaboratively by participants themselves (whole studio space c.39m squared)

-monthly education days (saturday) with invited guest artist/educator (including talks, workshops, crits, 121s, discussions and other group projects). past guests have included harold offeh, kerry campbell, heather peak, bryony gillard, and conway & young.

-studio nights every other monday

-ebc organised additional workshops and projects

-opportunity to contribute peer led workshops/talks/content and to work collaboratively 

-much of the school is peer led so there is a real opportunity for all voices to be heard and to help shape the content of our sessions/ideas for invited guests

-atleast once yearly group project or exhibition opportunity

-access to ebc network and professional development opportunities

-121s with ebc Day School coordinator jack 

-x1 away weekend in July (2022 leeds, 2023 sheffield)

-monthly social occasions

-free entry to arnolfini’s art of the maker talks

-shared kitchen facilities 


who is day school for?

Day School is made up of 13/14 participants, who take part in a year long programme.

the Day School might have particular relevance for the following: 

-artists/makers/designers/architects/musicians/illustrators/film makers/writers and those engaged in a broad spectrum of arts practice

-those who have been practicing for some time in south west/Bristol, and are looking for fresh ideas or opportunities for community/collaboration

-those new to the south west/Bristol and looking to meet other artists and work within a close knit peer network

-those looking to move to south west/Bristol and get connected into the city as a practitioner 

-those who have been excluded from mainstream or postgraduate education because of rising costs or accessibility issues

-those recently graduated and looking to continue with a lighter touch education programme

when is it?

Day School 23/24 runs august 2023 – july 2024

Day School 22/23 runs august 2022 – july 2023

when will the education days be?


26 aug, 16 sep, 14 oct, 18 nov, 9 dec, 20 jan, 17 feb, 20 mar, 18 apr, 22 may, 20 jun, 12/13/14 jul (away weekend)


27 aug, 17 sep, 15 oct, 19 nov, 10 dec, 21 jan, 18 feb, 18 mar, 15 apr, 20 may, 17 jun, 7/8/9 jul (away weekend)

where is it?

the EBC Day School is situated within the St Anne’s House creative community hub organised by bricks in St Anne’s Bristol and close to Bristol Temple Meads train station (making day school accessible to the wider south west area). the Day School studio sits amongst many other artist studios, social enterprises, and community organisations. participants are able to share in the wider life of the building and the other tenants as well as the bricks programming. 


the Day School studio within St Anne’s House is accessible via ramps external to the building, and an internal lift. there are also accessible toilets on the ground floor of the building

new contemporaries

Day School participants are eligible to apply for new contemporaries 


the EBC Day School is partnered with knowle west media centre, visual arts south west, caraboo projects, UWE, arnolfini, and bricks


ebc is co-directed by artists jack lewdjaw and karanjit panesar

the EBC Day School is coordinated by jack lewdjaw

jack is an artist who has been based in Bristol since 2014. he is a lecturer in fine art at Bristol School of Art as well as having worked as a visiting lecturer to many other organisations. he was a participant of syllabus V; a peer-led alternative learning programme organised by wysing arts centre.


£100 per month

(includes ebc annual membership)

ebc is very happy to support any participants looking to apply to outside funding to cover fees



-full bursary for a UWE undergraduate final year art student (fine art, art & writing, or drawing & print graduating in summer 2023) who has a socially engaged art practice, and a strong commitment to collaboration and community

visual arts southwest (vasw)

-£200 bursary (2 months worth of participation fee) open to any applicant

knowle west media centre (kwmc)

-full bursary for a participant based in knowle west (BS4) who identifies as from a working class background OR a half bursary for a participant based in south bristol (BS3, BS4, BS13, BS14) who identifies as from a working class background

(In addition they would be interested if this person’s practice is socially engaged/participatory – or they are looking to develop in this area)

the bursary recipient will be asked produce a one off workshop or talk to be hosted at kwmc

ebc time exchange

-for a participant who wants to commit time rather than money, to support ebc for 9 hours per month (most likely over 1/1.5 days, and most likely on a monday) with administration tasks, marketing, and other similar activity

to apply to Day School

please send an email (subject: ‘day school application 2023/2024’) with a link to a website or instagram, or an attached PDF portfolio, please do include any bio/cv, and any information about your motivation for joining the ebc Day School to eastbristolcontemporary(at)

shortlisted applicants will be invited to an informal online interview

if you would like to apply for one of the bursaries please indicate so in your application (vasw why you would like to be considered/kwmc include your postcode/ebc any past experience or skills). if eligible, you may apply for more than one bursary.


deadline TBC may 2024 for 24/25 group

if you are considering re-locating to attend the school please do send us an expression of interest at any point throughout the year

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past invited guests

heather peak (studio morison), amak mahmoodian, aliyah hussain, sean roy parker, rachael clerke, david blandy, madalina zaharia, oliver sutherland, roo dhissou, bryony gillard, harold offeh, elisa kay, conway & young, kerry campbell, william luz, ben thomas, copper sounds, guy oliver, bijan amini-alavijeh, jack young, charlie godet thomas, georgia gendall, dan guthrie, saelia apericio, eleanor duffin, eva louisa jonas, asmaa jama.

participants 23/24

alice spearing, beth archard, connie wilson, ella blou, isabelle bedevian, isabelle sallis, jasmine smail, jennifer taylor, jessie chiang, jocelyn brett, mailies fleming, polly howes, seren birtles (holly stone)

participants 22/23

lottie steward anderson, holly humphries, amelia stead, dominic walker, isis whiteaway, germaine budden, lois mckendrick, lucy oates, melissa iley, lauren andrews, rebecca edery, sarah garland, tom giwi (lauren graham, diwas dewan)

participants 21/22

dan guthrie, esther hesketh, esme hodes, ash kayser, olivia parr, lorelei hacking, sarah newell, ama dogbe, kelsey cruz-martin, jamie lee, zuzanna drozynksa, hev christie (charlot dennis, gwenba evans, raina monteith, denise kwan)