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The Jam Jar is in a pickle.

We need your help if we want to keep this project going!

What is 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!


Jam Jar Collective from Jez Hunziker on Vimeo.

What is the pickle?

At the end of this summer The Jam Jar applied to the authorities for a full premises license. This would allow us to legally serve alcohol, and host music events beyond 11pm. The income from this would financially secure our future, allowing us to expand our activities and function properly and professionally.

During our application process, the Jam Jar received several objections from local authorities and residents, mainly on the grounds of noise. These objections led us to withdraw our application until terms could be discussed.

Following several meetings with the police and communication with local residents, we have agreed to renovate the space further, keeping residents happy without compromising on quality.


What we need.

Before reopening at full capacity, there is a list of hurdles we must overcome. This list involves bringing the space up to an unprecedented level of safety, professionality and usability, then reapplying. The Jam Jar must undergo thorough acoustic tests, create a sound management plan, and a thorough transformation of its main performance space.


These costs include:

Legal representation

Compulsory works (plumbing, electrics, carpentry)

Double glazing

Acoustic tests and treatment

Reflooring the venue

Refurbishing equipment

Amongst many more!


For the absolute minimum target we need £20,000, but if we want to finish the job entirely we are going to need £40,000 to complete the scheduled works.


Without this money, the Jam Jar cannot continue.


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 share our crowdfunder! Each share boosts our chance of reaching our target.

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!


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