Spike Island

Artists’ Studios

Spike Island offers some of the most professional and affordable artists’ studios in the country. It is currently home to over 70 artists at all stages of their careers, working across all media. These studios are subsidised, making them accessible to artists who would otherwise find it difficult to afford working space.

Studios, both individual and shared, are secure and accessible 24/7. Most have excellent natural light and all artists have access to workshop and kitchen facilities. In addition to offering quiet places to work, Spike Island facilitates a vibrant creative environment of peer support and collaboration. National and international connections are made with visiting artists and residencies, and studio holders benefit from the expertise of Spike Island staff.

Studio spaces are awarded following an application which is assessed by the studio selection panel. This panel is made up of the director or other staff member, a trustee, an external advisor, the studio administrators and two other studio representatives. Artists are assessed through reference to five criteria:

  • A commitment to an ongoing contemporary art practice
  • An engagement with the wider contemporary art context
  • A clear vision for the development of their work
  • How work space at Spike Island will benefit their practice
  • A willingness to make an active contribution to Spike Island

Spike Island is one of the largest and most comprehensive organisations in Europe dedicated to the production and exhibition of contemporary art and design. We are located in an 80,000 square foot building in the Cumberland Basin at the edge of Bristol’s Harbourside.