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Spike Island seeks a Programme Coordinator

23 August 2016

Spike Island seeks a Programme Coordinator

Spike Island is looking for a motivated and organised Programme Coordinator to support in the development and implementation of our artistic programme.

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Workspace available in Spike Design

05 August 2016

Workspace available in Spike Design

Spike Design is Spike Island’s affordable co-working space providing incubation and collaborative opportunities for creative businesses. 

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Call for interest in artists' studios in central Bristol

04 August 2016

Call for interest in artists' studios in central Bristol

Spike Island have been offered a space in a central Bristol location for use as artists’ studios for up to 24 months.

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A busy Summer for Spike Associates

13 July 2016

A busy Summer for Spike Associates

Highlights include projects for Supernormal Festival, contributing to The Orchard (a community orchard on Whitchurch Village Green, South Bristol) and trips to Hauser and Wirth, Somerset and Blackrock Residency open weekend in the Forest of Dean.

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Spike Island Autumn programme 2016

08 July 2016

Spike Island Autumn programme 2016

Browse a digital version of our Summer 2016 programme. Simply click to enlarge the brochure below and use the arrows to turn over a page. Download a pdf copy here.   read on →


Volunteer this Summer

28 June 2016

Volunteer this Summer

We are currently inviting applications from individuals who would like to join our Volunteer Invigilator team over the Summer months.

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Room 13 Hareclive visit the new Tate Modern

15 June 2016

Room 13 Hareclive visit the new Tate Modern

Room 13 Hareclive are amongst the first school groups selected to visit the new Tate Modern at a special preview this Thursday.

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Announcing artists selected for Syllabus II

02 June 2016

Announcing artists selected for Syllabus II

We are pleased to announce the artists selected for Syllabus II (2016/17), a national programme developed by Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire.

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Spike Island partners with Bristol Ageing Better

01 June 2016

Spike Island partners with Bristol Ageing Better

Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.

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Camera Buff: Film commissioning opportunity for young people

31 May 2016

Camera Buff: Film commissioning opportunity for young people

We are now accepting applications for our online commissioning strand of experimental films, specifically for 16­–24 year olds based in the South West of England.

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CMIR Bursaries awarded to artists Ian Giles, Oliver Sutherland and writer Ann Cahill

31 May 2016

CMIR Bursaries awarded to artists Ian Giles, Oliver Sutherland and writer Ann Cahill

Artists Ian Giles and Oliver Sutherland are awarded production bursaries towards the creation of a new moving image work.

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Volunteers' Week at Spike island

31 May 2016

Volunteers' Week at Spike island

It's Volunteers' Week (1 to 12 June 2016) and we're celebrating the achievements of our fantastic volunteers here at Spike Island

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Visual Arts South West announce 'Go & See – Travel Bursaries'

11 May 2016

Visual Arts South West announce 'Go & See – Travel Bursaries'

Curators, artists and visual arts professionals based in the SW are invited to apply for travel bursaries.

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Watch Patrick Staff's The Foundation on Vdrome

06 May 2016

Watch Patrick Staff's The Foundation on Vdrome

Vdrome screen Patrick Staff's The Foundation online until 14 May 2016

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Open Studios 2016 in pictures, tweets and videos

03 May 2016

Open Studios 2016 in pictures, tweets and videos

A selection of our favourite Open Studios posts shared online by visitors

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Spike Island Open Studios 2016

25 April 2016

Spike Island Open Studios 2016

Browse a digital version of our Open Studios 2016 programme. 

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Spike Island Spring programme 2016

01 April 2016

Spike Island Spring programme 2016

Browse a digital version of our Spring 2016 programme. 

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Syllabus II programme open for applications from artists

15 March 2016

Syllabus II programme open for applications from artists

Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire, invite applications from artists for Syllabus II; an alternative peer-led learning programme in its second year that will support ten artists across ten months.

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Creative Local Growth Fund awarded to deliver the Regional Arts Incubation Network (RAIN)

25 February 2016

Creative Local Growth Fund awarded to deliver the Regional Arts Incubation Network (RAIN)

Arts Council England have awarded a Creative Local Growth Fund to Watershed to work with the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and a consortium of arts and cultural organisations.

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Spike Island celebrates Heritage Lottery Fund grant for Artspace’s 40th Anniversary

19 February 2016

Spike Island celebrates Heritage Lottery Fund grant for Artspace’s 40th Anniversary

Spike Island has received a Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage grant to celebrate the artists’ collective behind Spike Island.

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Listen again: Dan Fox, Pretentiousness: Why it Matters

18 February 2016

Listen again: Dan Fox, Pretentiousness: Why it Matters

Dan Fox introduces his new book — a timely defence of pretentiousness as a necessity for innovation and diversity in our culture.

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Spike Island seeks a Curator

17 February 2016

Spike Island seeks a Curator

Spike Island seeks an imaginative, energetic and engaged contemporary art curator.

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Listen again: Brian Catling, The Vorrh

17 February 2016

Listen again: Brian Catling, The Vorrh

Listen again to Brian Catling introducing his novel The Vorrh at Spike Island, as part of our Novel Writers series.

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Bursaries for the creation of new moving image work

16 February 2016

Bursaries for the creation of new moving image work

Spike Island and the Centre for Moving Image Research are offering artists based in the South West production bursaries of £1000 for the creation of new moving image work.

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Alice Motard appointed Chief Curator of CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux

15 February 2016

Alice Motard appointed Chief Curator of CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux

Alice Motard, Curator at Spike Island, has been appointed Chief Curator of CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux.

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Spike Island secures Arts Council England Capital grant

11 February 2016

Spike Island secures Arts Council England Capital grant

Spike Island has been awarded an Arts Council England Capital grant for 2016/17.

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Motion design studio SHOP produce the Superbowl backdrop

08 February 2016

Motion design studio SHOP produce the Superbowl backdrop

SHOP, a boutique motion design studio based in Spike Island, produced the visuals for Coldplay's half time set at the Super Bowl

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Creative Employment Programme: Technical Assistant

03 February 2016

Creative Employment Programme: Technical Assistant

We are currently recruiting for a Technical Assistant internship

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Spike Island Winter 2016 programme

21 December 2015

Spike Island Winter 2016 programme

Browse a digital version of our Winter 2016 programme

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Spike Film and Video production premieres at Dubai International Film Festival

11 December 2015

Spike Film and Video production premieres at Dubai International Film Festival

Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind’s new film In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain – produced by Spike Film and Video – premieres at the Dubai International Film Festival this weekend. 

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Winter opening hours

04 December 2015

Winter opening hours

Details of Spike Island's winter opening hours.

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Bristol's Folk House Café to run the Spike Island Café

11 November 2015

Bristol's Folk House Café to run the Spike Island Café

We are pleased to announce Bristol’s Folk House Café are awarded the Spike Island Café tender.   The Folk House Café – runners up in the Observer Food Monthly awards (2015) – will continue to operate from their current location on Park Street and begin running the Spike Island Café from December 2015.   A full bar and evening service will be in place by ... read on →


Spike Island Artist Editions at SUNDAY Art Fair

15 October 2015

Spike Island Artist Editions at SUNDAY Art Fair

Visit us at the 6th edition of SUNDAY Art Fair from 14 to 18 October. We are presenting Spike Island artist editions and publications, alongside Focal Point Gallery, S1 Artspace and Wysing Arts Centre. SUNDAY Art Fair is London’s emerging art fair. It aims to support the young, emerging and most exciting artists and the galleries who are nurturing them at the early stages in their careers.  You ... read on →


Holly Corfield-Carr wins Frieze Writers Prize 2015

28 September 2015

Holly Corfield-Carr wins Frieze Writers Prize 2015

Congratulations to Spike Associate Holly Corfield-Carr, winner of Frieze Writer’s Prize 2015.

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Art Weekender – Bristol & Bath Prize Draw

23 September 2015

Art Weekender – Bristol & Bath Prize Draw

Cass Art has teamed up with Situations, Spike Island, the Hilton Garden Inn and National Rail to bring you an exclusive prize draw to win an experiential trip for two to Bristol this autumn.

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ARTiculation Prize 2015

21 September 2015

ARTiculation Prize 2015

Apply to The ARTiculation Prize, a nationally acclaimed event aimed at sixth form students to promote engagement with art.

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The Syllabus: Spike Island retreat

14 August 2015

The Syllabus: Spike Island retreat

Ten artists chosen for The Syllabus were recently at Spike Island for a weekend retreat...

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Camera Buff: Film commissioning opportunity for young people

04 August 2015

Camera Buff: Film commissioning opportunity for young people

An online commissioning strand of experimental films specifically for 16­–24 year olds based in the South West of England.

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BBC Radio Bristol at Spike Island exhibitions previews

16 July 2015

BBC Radio Bristol at Spike Island exhibitions previews

Hear a tour we gave to BBC Radio Bristol inside Reto Pulfer and Patrick Staff's exhibitions.

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Artspace Ltd. archive at the Bristol Record Office

10 June 2015

Artspace Ltd. archive at the Bristol Record Office

How did a former tea packing factory become a centre for the production of contemporary art and design? The Artspace Ltd. collection of records, is now housed at the Bristol Record Office thanks to a Business Archives Council cataloguing grant.

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Armenian Pavilion wins Golden Lion at Venice Biennale

13 May 2015

Armenian Pavilion wins Golden Lion at Venice Biennale

Congratulations to Spike Island studio holder Aikaterini Gegisian, who presents her work as part of the Armenian pavilion exhibition, Armenity.

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Helen Sear, …the rest is smoke, representing Wales in Venice

07 May 2015

Helen Sear, …the rest is smoke, representing Wales in Venice

Spike Film and Video are delighted to have worked with Ffotogallery on the AV design and installation for Helen Sear’s …the rest is smoke, Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice at the 56th International Art Exhibition.

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Announcing the artists chosen for the Film Open 2015

29 April 2015

Announcing the artists chosen for the Film Open 2015

'The programme features some of the best works by emerging artists from across the country' Steven Cairns, ICA Associate Curator of Artists’ Film and Moving Image

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Congratulations to artists selected for the British Art Show 8

24 April 2015

Congratulations to artists selected for the British Art Show 8

The British Art Show 8 announced their shortlist this week, including a number of Spike Island’s recent and current artists.

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Announcing artists selected for The Syllabus; a major new partnership and programme

21 April 2015

Announcing artists selected for The Syllabus; a major new partnership and programme

We are pleased to announce the artists selected for The Syllabus 2015/16, a new programme developed by Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire.

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Spike Island is recruiting a Chair

10 April 2015

Spike Island is recruiting a Chair

Spike Island is recruiting a new Chair. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker who is able to support the development of the organisation into the future.

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New production with artist Larissa Sansour

28 March 2015

New production with artist Larissa Sansour

Spike Film and Video are excited to be working with artist Larissa Sansour to produce her new film In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain commissioned by FLAMIN (Film London's Artists' Moving Image Network'). Sansour's project is a sci-fi video essay inspired by the politicised archaeology carried out in present day Israel/Palestine. Combining live action, CGI and archival photographs, the film explores the ... read on →


Spike Island joins Plus Tate

25 March 2015

Spike Island joins Plus Tate

Spike Island is delighted to become a partner of Tate as a member of the Plus Tate network. Plus Tate is an initiative launched by Tate in 2010, aiming to develop and strengthen the visual arts ecology across the UK through contributing its resources to a network of organisations and individuals for the benefit of the wider public. Spike Island is one of sixteen institutions ... read on →


Film Open

18 March 2015

Film Open

Members of the UK’s leading artist’s support networks are invited to submit new moving image work for a screening programme to be launched at Spike Island, Bristol, in May and moving on to the ICA, London, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, Transmission, Glasgow, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and S1 Artspace, Sheffield. The programme will be selected by Steven Cairns, ICA Associate Curator of Artists' Film and Moving Image. ... read on →


Reading: Amy Mason, The Other Ida

03 March 2015

Reading: Amy Mason, The Other Ida

Listen to Amy Mason read from and discuss her debut novel, The Other Ida, at Spike Island. read on →


Calling The Shots to run Random Acts in the South West for ACE and C4

10 February 2015

Calling The Shots to run Random Acts in the South West for ACE and C4

Calling The Shots (CTS) is to run a three-year project to nurture new talent in the south west. The new Random Acts Network, funded by the Arts Council England, will support young filmmakers of all backgrounds to create short films for Channel 4s Random Acts strand. Working with a broad range of partners, including Spike Film and Video and the Universities of Gloucester and Plymouth, ... read on →


Reading: Sarah Perry, After Me Comes the Flood

09 February 2015

Reading: Sarah Perry, After Me Comes the Flood

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New Edit Suite Facilities at Spike Island

04 February 2015

New Edit Suite Facilities at Spike Island

Spike Film and Video have a newly installed edit suite available for dry hire or with an experienced editor to suit your project. We can provide advice on workflows and management of your project through post-production to exhibition delivery.

The 4K based edit suite runs Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro and Da Vinci Resolve, with broadcast HD Grading monitor, 4k Ultra-HD resolution display, 4K hardware input/outputs and Blackmagic broadcast quality scopes, meters and monitors. Control surfaces can be arranged if required.

This new facility provides somewhere suitable to test projects before delivery, for viewings with artists and clients or as a private meeting room with high end display and playback capabilities.

The edit suite complements our additional services which include the handling and delivery of a wide range of video formats for exhibition and distribution through our professional workstations running high end conversion and transcoding software.

Dry hire daily rate: £125

Day rates with operator/editor from £300

Spike Film and Video provides specialist exhibition, production and post-production services to the art and heritage sectors. Our experience, knowledge and resources enable us to deliver large-scale moving image installations and film and video productions. We have an extensive range of presentation equipment available for hire at low rates by artists and organisations.

Contact Ali Roche or Andy Moss at Spike Island with any hire or project enquiries.


Spike Island hosts Early Warning Sign

02 February 2015

Spike Island hosts Early Warning Sign

Spike Island is hosting Ellie Harrison's Early Warning Sign for 2015.  Find out more on Ellie's website here. read on →


Spike Studio Holder to Show at Venice Biennale 2015

02 February 2015

Spike Studio Holder to Show at Venice Biennale 2015

We're delighted to receive confirmation that Spike studio holder, Aikaterini Gegisian is to show with the Republic of Armenia pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

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Open Call: announcing a new programme for UK based artists

21 January 2015

Open Call: announcing a new programme for UK based artists

Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire, invite applications from artists for The Syllabus; a new programme that will support ten artists across ten months.

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Desks for rent in Spike Design's popular workspace

01 January 2015

Desks for rent in Spike Design's popular workspace

Need a base for your creative business? Spike Design's popular, affordable desks for creative professionals has spaces for rent

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Reading: Gareth E. Rees' <i>Marshland</i>

01 December 2014

Reading: Gareth E. Rees' Marshland

Listen to Gareth E. Rees reading from his debut novel, Marshland


Unheimlich Manoeuvres: stills from the event

21 November 2014

Unheimlich Manoeuvres: stills from the event

Stills from the event, Unheimlich Manoeuvres, an in-gallery event featuring Sarah Angliss and Hákarl & Friends in response to Anna Franceschini's exhibition of film art. 

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Audio from talk: #ACCELERATE/ To Live And Think Like Pigs

21 November 2014

Audio from talk: #ACCELERATE/ To Live And Think Like Pigs

Audio from #ACCELERATE/To Live And Think Like Pigs

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Reading: Simon Wroe's Chop Chop

24 October 2014

Reading: Simon Wroe's Chop Chop

Simon Wroe reading from his debut novel, Chop Chop

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Spike Island Visitor Panel 2014-15

22 August 2014

Spike Island Visitor Panel 2014-15

Join our visitor panel and tell us what you think of Spike Island.

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In Conversation: Aurélien Froment, Anna Craycroft and Michelle Henning

21 August 2014

In Conversation: Aurélien Froment, Anna Craycroft and Michelle Henning

Aurélien Froment discusses his exhibition Fröbel Fröbeled with artist Anna Craycroft and academic Michelle Henning.

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Nathan Filer: In Conversation

15 August 2014

Nathan Filer: In Conversation

Listen to award winning author Nathan Filer discussing his debut novel The Shock of the Fall.

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Adult male actor/dancer required for artists’ film commission

13 August 2014

Adult male actor/dancer required for artists’ film commission

Spike Film and Video are seeking an actor/dancer to feature in a new film by artist Patrick Staff exploring queer intergenerational relationships. 

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Curfew Tower: Shields of Destiny exhibition

04 August 2014

Curfew Tower: Shields of Destiny exhibition

Over the course of 2013, eleven Spike Associates each undertook a 3-week residency at The Curfew Tower in Cushendall, Northern Ireland. Shields of Destiny is an exhibition of the work they produced there which will be displayed at the Curfew Tower on Wednesday 6 August, as part of the Heart of the Glens Festival. Shields of Destiny is the name of a Celtic knot signifying protection ... read on →


Test Space exhibition: MMORPG by Will Kendrick

01 August 2014

Test Space exhibition: MMORPG by Will Kendrick

A new Test Space exhibition, MMORPG by Will Kendrick, opens with a preview on Friday 1 August from 6-8pm and runs until 7 August. MMORPG explores the evolving virtual society that exists alongside our day-to-day reality, examining the blurring of boundaries between our online and offline identities. Through a combination of video works and projections the exhibition presents our interactions in the online space as a role-playing game ... read on →


Spike Island Graduate Fellows 2014-2015

18 July 2014

Spike Island Graduate Fellows 2014-2015

Spike Island announces it's 2014-2015 graduate fellows.

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Sweat Lodge: a new Test Space exhibition

08 July 2014

Sweat Lodge: a new Test Space exhibition

Sweat Lodge, a new exhibition by Zanne Andrea, Martyn Cross and Brendan Lancaster opens in the Spike Island Test Space on Friday 11 July, 6-9pm. Runs until 27 July.

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Spike Island part of the Arts Council England National Portfolio 2015 -2018

01 July 2014

Spike Island part of the Arts Council England National Portfolio 2015 -2018

It was announced today that Spike Island has been successful in its bid to remain part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. The organisation sees its annual funding increase to £280,000 from 2015. This includes funding to support Visual Arts South West, a consortium of artists, arts professionals and arts organisations dedicated to working together to find new ways to strengthen the visual arts across ... read on →


New Test Space Exhibition

24 June 2014

New Test Space Exhibition

Even the Names of Stars Are Lost by Charlie Cousins, runs until Sunday 29 June.

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Timothy Mills Wallpaper Samples

16 May 2014

Timothy Mills Wallpaper Samples

A new exhibition, Wallpaper Samples by Timothy Mills, opens today in the Spike Island Studios Test Space. 

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A short film about Spike Design

16 May 2014

A short film about Spike Design

There's always lots happening in Spike Design. Watch this short film about our current tenants and see what this shared workspace offers. 

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Bristol Art Weekender

02 May 2014

Bristol Art Weekender

This weekend is the inaugural Bristol Art Weekender, four days celebrating art across the city. The Spike Island Open weekend, Andy Holden's MI!MS and Children's Films by Gareth Moore are all part of the Weekender. You can see the full programme here but we've picked out a few highlights…

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Spike Island Open 2014 Short Film Screening Programme

02 May 2014

Spike Island Open 2014 Short Film Screening Programme

A special programme of moving image work by Spike Island Studio Holders and Associates, selected by artist Cara Tolmie, Lux Head of Programme Gil Leung and Spike Film and Video Producer Ali Roche

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Andy Holden's MI!MS comes to Spike Island

16 April 2014

Andy Holden's MI!MS comes to Spike Island

Andy Holden's ambitious installation MI!MS opens at Spike Island in May. The exhibition includes film, large-scale sculpture and performance to explore the output and legacy of the MI!MS (Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity) artistic movement, which Holden founded with friends before training as an artist in 2003. The movement’s manifesto stated “MI!MS is about the willingness to be lied to and the will to believe! It’s about ... read on →


Spike Film and Video's latest project with artist Maryam Jafri

19 March 2014

Spike Film and Video's latest project with artist Maryam Jafri

Spike Film and Video has been working closely with artist Maryam Jafri over the last 6 months to produce her new film Mouthfeel which opens at Gasworks in London on Thursday March 20th. Mouthfeel is the first significant production produced through Spike Film and Video since the merger with Picture This in April 2013. Mouthfeel (21:30 min, 2K HD video with sound) combines staged and ... read on →


David Batchelor In Conversation

07 March 2014

David Batchelor In Conversation

Flatlands, shown at Spike Island in 2013, was the first indepth presentation of David Batchelor’s drawings and paintings. Here he discusses his work with curator Andrea Schlieker. Recorded at Spike Island on Thursday 5 December 2013. read on →


NEW VISUAL ART FESTIVAL IN BRISTOL, 2-5 May 2014

27 February 2014

NEW VISUAL ART FESTIVAL IN BRISTOL, 2-5 May 2014

Taking place over the bank holiday weekend of 2-5 May, the inaugural BRISTOL ART WEEKENDER will showcase Bristol as one of the most vibrant and flourishing centres for art in the UK. The Weekender’s FREE programme of performance, sound, video, film, painting and sculpture, reflects the richness of the visual arts in Bristol. The weekender coincides with Spike's annual Open Studios Weekend, which offers ... read on →


New Test Space Exhibition: The Corridor of Uncertainty by City Edition Studio

26 February 2014

New Test Space Exhibition: The Corridor of Uncertainty by City Edition Studio

Jono Lewarne of City Edition Studio presents a new exhibition in the Test Space at Spike Island. Open to the public over the weekends of the 1/2 and 8/9 March The Corridor of Uncertainty is a series of typographic prints of cricket idioms exploring Lewarne's fascination with watching the game.   The exhibition is open Saturdays and Sundays, 1 and 2 March, and 8 and 9 ... read on →


Bristol and Bath to receive cultural tourism boost

20 January 2014

Bristol and Bath to receive cultural tourism boost

Great news for arts and culture in Bristol and Bath!  Bristol and Bath are to receive a £350,000 award from Arts Council England and VisitEngland that will put culture at the heart of the cities’ billion pound visitor economies. The grant will help to fund an ambitious three year project drawing together the tourism industry and the arts and cultural attractions in a new partnership ... read on →


New Book Club

12 January 2014

New Book Club

Calling all book lovers! Spike Island is launching an exciting new book club focussing on debut novelists. Each month we’ll be inviting a previously unpublished writer to read from their new book, discuss the themes of the text and tell us about the ideas and inspirations behind their work.   Our first event is on Thursday 20 February at 6.30pm when New Zealander Robert Glancy ... read on →


Two new appointments at Spike Island

06 January 2014

Two new appointments at Spike Island

Spike Island is delighted to announce two new appointments: Lhosa Daly as Deputy Director, and Alice Motard as Curator. Alice Motard will take up her position in January 2014, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise from her role as Deputy Director and Exhibitions Organiser at Raven Row, London. Lhosa Daly will begin her role in March and brings with her financial and developmental experience ... read on →


David Batchelor's reading list

25 November 2013

David Batchelor's reading list

David Batchelor is best known for his brightly coloured three-dimensional works which often feature the lurid, synthetic colours of the nocturnal metropolis. This pre-occupation with colour continues throughout Batchelor's two-dimensional drawings and paintings which are collected for the first time in Flatlands. The title of the exhibition is inspired by a novella in which the narrator, a square, inhabits the two dimensional world of Flatland, and explores the ... read on →


Detroit launch Edition One

23 November 2013

Detroit launch Edition One

Detroit is an artist-led initiative concerned with the time and timeliness of art work, asking questions about how a work is made as well as the context it is made within. This interest is pursued through a broad consideration of the contested idea of artistic research and an investment in residency. Edition One takes place 23 November 2013 - 26 January 2014 on the harbourside ... read on →


Aaron McPeake Announced as Winner of Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2013

05 November 2013

Aaron McPeake Announced as Winner of Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2013

The winner of the 2013 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary is artist, photographer, sculptor and film maker Aaron McPeake. In 2002, McPeake had to abandon a long career in stage lighting design due to the loss of most of his eyesight and returned to arts education and practice on a full time basis. He received a first class Honours Degree in Arts, Design and Environment from ... read on →


Bubblebyte.org take over Spike website

17 September 2013

Bubblebyte.org take over Spike website

Do not adjust your screen! During our Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 exhibition the Spike Island website is hosting a take-over implemented by bubblebyte.org. Nuovo Nuovo Vecchio brings together eight artists featured in the show, asking them to create work that reacts in some way to the New Contemporaries online exhibition archive, dating back to 1989. The artists are Rebecca Ackroyd, Agnes Calf, Patrick Cole, Menna Cominetti, Yves Scherer, Matthias ... read on →


New Situationists come to Spike Island

12 September 2013

New Situationists come to Spike Island

Spike Island is delighted to be involved with New Situationists, a new programme of commissions from Situations, which coincides with our Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition. This new project sees BC System artists Jack Brindley and Lucas Clayton offer their services as public art providers with a cumulative series of public art proposals for the city of Bristol. Their first proposition is to gift a permanent ... read on →


Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 at Spike Island and additional off-site venue

30 August 2013

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 at Spike Island and additional off-site venue

For the first time, Spike Island will take over a new off-site venue in the heart of Bristol.

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2013-14 Graduate Fellows

01 August 2013

2013-14 Graduate Fellows

Each year Spike Island works with University of the West of England and Falmouth University to provide support and opportunities for promising graduates.

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Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2013

23 July 2013

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2013

Disabled mid-career artists are invited to apply for a three month residency at Spike Island, beginning in January 2014.

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Visual Arts in Bristol: an open invitation

16 July 2013

Visual Arts in Bristol: an open invitation

Contribute your thoughts about the future of visual arts in the city at this Open Space event taking place on Monday 16 September at St. George's.

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Summer 2013 Exhibitions Reading List

10 July 2013

Summer 2013 Exhibitions Reading List

Melissa Gordon and James Richards offer a sampling of texts that have influenced their exhibitions, from critical theory to poetry to other artists' works.

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The New Situationists

27 June 2013

The New Situationists

Situations invites past Bloomberg New Contemporaries artists to propose a public artwork to coincide with the opening weekend at Spike Island.

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Opportunities at Spike Island

18 June 2013

Opportunities at Spike Island

We’re currently looking for people to join our team in a number of roles.

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Reviewed: What to Expect from a Graphic Designer

04 June 2013

Reviewed: What to Expect from a Graphic Designer

Jono Lewarne shares highlights from the conversation between designers James Langdon and Robert Sollis on their work with artists and arts organisations.

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New Project Space for Bristol

29 May 2013

New Project Space for Bristol

A group of four artists will establish a programme of activity in Bristol's Temple Quarter area.

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Audio: Alex Coles

24 May 2013

Audio: Alex Coles

Last month the author of the 2012 book ‘The Transdisciplinary Studio’ visited Spike Island to discuss practices at the junction of art, design and architecture

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Watch Jessica Warboys' Films

09 May 2013

Watch Jessica Warboys' Films

‘Stone Throat’ and ‘Pageant Roll’ now available to view online.

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Good News for Spike Island

08 May 2013

Good News for Spike Island

With partners Arnolfini and Situations, Spike Island has been successful in its £150,000 bid from Arts Council England's Catalyst Arts fund.

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Spike Island Open Screening Channel

03 May 2013

Spike Island Open Screening Channel

Artist, writer and curator Lucy Reynolds has selected moving image works by studio holders and Spike Associates for the virtual branch of our Open weekend.

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Spike Island Open by the Numbers

02 May 2013

Spike Island Open by the Numbers

We look forward to welcoming you this weekend to our annual Open, with artists' studios, activities, refreshments and more.

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Thank You!

10 April 2013

Thank You!

With your support we have successfully crowd funded more than £4000 towards Melissa Gordon's residency here.

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Curfew Tower Despatch: Marie Toseland

08 April 2013

Curfew Tower Despatch: Marie Toseland

Studio holder and Spike Associate Marie Toseland wrote this short poetic text during her residency in February.

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Call for Applications: Bristol Temple Quarter Project Space

03 April 2013

Call for Applications: Bristol Temple Quarter Project Space

Groups of artists, curators and producers are invited to submit proposals for an exciting opportunity to establish a new project space in Bristol.

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Change to Opening Times

25 March 2013

Change to Opening Times

Our gallery and Spike Café hours are changing slightly from April.

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Spike Island and Picture This to Merge

21 March 2013

Spike Island and Picture This to Merge

In April Spike Island will merge with Picture This, taking on the moving image commissioning and production agency's AV equipment hire, production and post-production services.

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Volunteering Opportunities This Spring

15 March 2013

Volunteering Opportunities This Spring

Support Spike Island and gain insight into the workings of a busy contemporary art and design centre as a public programme or Open weekend volunteer.

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Support Melissa Gordon's Residency

11 March 2013

Support Melissa Gordon's Residency

We've launched a Kickstarter campaign to support Melissa Gordon's production residency here in April and May, offering a number of  limited edition prints and opportunities.

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Reviewed: What to Expect from a Funder

04 March 2013

Reviewed: What to Expect from a Funder

As grants become increasingly competitive, artists and arts organisations are having to consider different approaches to funding. Julie McCalden shares top tips from last week's event. 

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Interview: Bristol Diving School

25 February 2013

Interview: Bristol Diving School

Bristol Diving School is an artist collective based both in Spike Island's artists' studios and in an independent space around the corner from us on Hanover Place.

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Reviewed: The outline seems indelible

20 February 2013

Reviewed: The outline seems indelible

A group of Spike Associates travelled to Plymouth earlier this month for the opening of Hannah James’ solo exhibition at The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art.

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Spike Island Editions Available

19 February 2013

Spike Island Editions Available

To coincide with our Winter 2013 exhibitions, we have launched two new limited edition artworks by Becky Beasley and Uriel Orlow.

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Back to Back Reading List

13 February 2013

Back to Back Reading List

Uriel Orlow suggests a range of materials that have informed his work, from history and architecture to memoir, poetry and cinema.

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Join Our New Visitor Panel

06 February 2013

Join Our New Visitor Panel

We'd like to better understand how you engage with Spike Island, whether that’s by visiting an exhibition, attending a talk or taking part in an activity. 

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Spring Rain Reading List

05 February 2013

Spring Rain Reading List

Becky Beasley is a voracious reader and here suggests key texts that give insight into her work and practice and that have informed her current exhibition, ‘Spring Rain’.

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Curfew Tower Despatch: Holly Corfield Carr

29 January 2013

Curfew Tower Despatch: Holly Corfield Carr

Spike Associates have been invited to undertake a series of residencies in this unique location in Northern Ireland, and the first reports back on her time there.

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Video: Uriel Orlow on <i>Back to Back</i>

23 January 2013

Video: Uriel Orlow on Back to Back

Orlow discusses history, memory, representation and haunting in relation to his new exhibition opening here on Friday.

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Call for Entries: New Contemporaries 2013

18 January 2013

Call for Entries: New Contemporaries 2013

This annual exhibition showcasing new and recent fine art graduates opens at Spike Island in September.

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Artists and Peer Learning

04 January 2013

Artists and Peer Learning

Megan Wakefield has recently completed a collaborative PhD between Spike Island and the University of the West of England. She shares some of the learning from her research into informal artists' networks.

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2012: A Year in Review

19 December 2012

2012: A Year in Review

Lucy Odlin, a member of our front of house team, offers a lighthearted look back at Spike Island's 2012 exhibitions, covering everything from Haroon Mirza's foam to Ivan Seal's audio pieces.

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Holiday Opening Hours

10 December 2012

Holiday Opening Hours

Details of Spike Café, office and gallery closure over the Christmas and New Year period.

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Slideshow: One Night Stand Performances

06 December 2012

Slideshow: One Night Stand Performances

This salon event featured visual artists and writers who use performance in their work as well as live art and theatre makers.

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Spoon Fed Call for Proposals

28 November 2012

Spoon Fed Call for Proposals

Do you have a creative project that you need a small amount of money for? Share it at this simple soup social and arts micro-funding event.

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Listen to One Night Stand: Readings

23 November 2012

Listen to One Night Stand: Readings

Sean Borodale, Tamarin Norwood and Yvonne Buchheim read their work in these audio highlights from our recent salon event featuring writers and artists.

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Opportunity: Operations Manager

12 November 2012

Opportunity: Operations Manager

We're looking for someone motivated, strategic and energetic to oversee the smooth running of all areas of our busy building.

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In Here Stands It Reading List

08 November 2012

In Here Stands It Reading List

Delve further into the enigmatic world of Ivan Seal’s paintings and audio pieces with these texts selected by the artist.

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Curfew Tower Residencies

29 October 2012

Curfew Tower Residencies

Spike Associates have been invited to undertake a year of month-long residencies in the Curfew Tower, a unique building in Cushendall, Northern Ireland.

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Ivan Seal Interview

23 October 2012

Ivan Seal Interview

The artist sat down with Spike Island director Helen Legg ahead of the opening of his exhibition for a conversation on humour, language and “hairy sticks”.

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Dewar and Gicquel win Marcel Duchamp Prize

22 October 2012

Dewar and Gicquel win Marcel Duchamp Prize

After Spike Island hosted their first solo show in the UK earlier this year, we're delighted to hear that Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel have won the 2012 Marcel Duchamp prize.

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2012 Graduate Fellows

16 October 2012

2012 Graduate Fellows

Elisa Juncosa Umaran, Menna Cominetti and Sebastian Jefford have recently joined us as the 2012 Graduate Fellows.

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Videos: Rogue Game Remix

27 September 2012

Videos: Rogue Game Remix

Throughout ‘Rogue Game’ video editors have been working and reworking the footage from the live games. Here are some highlights.

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Slideshow: Artists' Games Night

25 September 2012

Slideshow: Artists' Games Night

Inspired by ‘Rogue Game’, the Artists' Games Night brought together a selection of ludic projects and propositions.

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Rogue Game Reading List

19 September 2012

Rogue Game Reading List

Sophie Warren, Jonathan Mosley and Can Altay share a selection of the texts that have inspired and informed their ongoing project ‘Rogue Game’.

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Slideshow: Rogue Game Opening Weekend

10 September 2012

Slideshow: Rogue Game Opening Weekend

These photographs capture the action from Friday's ‘Rogue Game’ match and preview event.

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Ivan Seal: It Stands Here In

05 September 2012

Ivan Seal: It Stands Here In

This spoken word sound piece has been recorded exclusively for Spike Island ahead of Seal's exhibition ‘In Here Stands It’, opening here on Friday 19 October.

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Happenstance: Digital Downtime

03 September 2012

Happenstance: Digital Downtime

Spike Island hosted a pair of creative technologists for 12 weeks as part of the Happenstance project. Two months on, communications manager Anna Searle Jones considers what the impact has been.

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Volunteer This Autumn

20 August 2012

Volunteer This Autumn

We're currently recruiting volunteers to support our front of house team from September to December.

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Video Editors and Camera Operators Sought

15 August 2012

Video Editors and Camera Operators Sought

We're looking for participants to play a key role in the live exhibition ‘Rogue Game’.

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Purchase Work by Ciara Phillips

06 August 2012

Purchase Work by Ciara Phillips

‘Irregular Bulletin No. 53’, produced by the artist during her July residency here, available to buy, as well as screenprinted posters.

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Audio: Ciara Phillips and Melissa Gordon in Conversation

03 August 2012

Audio: Ciara Phillips and Melissa Gordon in Conversation

The artists discuss their work, printmaking and collaboration with Spike Island director Helen Legg and curator Marie-Anne McQuay.

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Video: Lydia Kavina Concert

17 July 2012

Video: Lydia Kavina Concert

Watch the theremin virtuosa's stunning performance at the opening of our summer exhibitions in June. Kavina collaborated with Jesse Jones on the soundtrack for ‘The Struggle Against Ourselves’.

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Slideshow: Ciara Phillips’ Workshop

17 July 2012

Slideshow: Ciara Phillips’ Workshop

As part of our current exhibition ‘Pull Everything Out’, the artist is working from a studio set up in the gallery for the month of July.

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On the Construction School

06 July 2012

On the Construction School

Designer James Langdon has been researching the little-known history of this experimental design programme in Bristol in the 1960s and 70s.

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Participate in Rogue Game

02 July 2012

Participate in Rogue Game

We're looking for basketball, football, volleyball and touch rugby players to take part in this live exhibition in September. The project starts with a simple premise: the coloured lines of the courts are marked out in the gallery where three different games are played simultaneously in the same space.

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Summer Exhibitions Reading List

02 July 2012

Summer Exhibitions Reading List

Artists Jesse Jones and Ciara Phillips, along with the Spike Island programme team, suggest a selection of texts that offer further exploration of the themes in their exhibitions.

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A Summer of Pop-up Shows

27 June 2012

A Summer of Pop-up Shows

Members of the Spike Island community show their work in a series of one-night-only exhibitions.

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UWE Spike Island Graduate Fellows Announced

26 June 2012

UWE Spike Island Graduate Fellows Announced

Recent graduates Menna Cominetti and Sebastian Jefford receive studios and professional support for a year.

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Reviewed: What to Expect from an Arts Writer

18 June 2012

Reviewed: What to Expect from an Arts Writer

Spike Associate Sacha Waldron shares her thoughts on our most recent panel discussion featuring Tom Morton, Dr. Mick Wilson and Corin Sworn.

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Slideshow: My Spike Island

12 June 2012

Slideshow: My Spike Island

Happenstance resident Linda Sandvik asked members of the Spike Island community to take pictures of their favourite spots in the building.

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Reviewed: Daniel Eatock Talk

11 June 2012

Reviewed: Daniel Eatock Talk

Did you miss artist and designer Daniel Eatock's lecture here in May? Writer Jeremy Cooper shares his notes from the event in which Eatock gave an overview of his process and inspirations.

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Opportunities at Spike Island

07 June 2012

Opportunities at Spike Island

Join our team! We're currently recruiting a café supervisor and summer volunteers.

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Design Jam at Spike Island

29 May 2012

Design Jam at Spike Island

Practice your research, brainstorming and collaboration skills at this design session exploring a User Experience challenge.

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Video: Jesse Jones

25 May 2012

Video: Jesse Jones

What do Vsevolod Meyerhold and Busby Berkeley have in common? Artist Jesse Jones discusses their influence on her video ‘The Struggle Against Ourselves’ which opens here on 30 June.

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Bristol Diving School: Culture, Practice and Ethics of Collectivity

25 May 2012

Bristol Diving School: Culture, Practice and Ethics of Collectivity

Watch today's General Meeting of this nearby artist-run space online or in our gallery.

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Reviewed: What to Expect from a Curator

23 May 2012

Reviewed: What to Expect from a Curator

Spike Associate Katie Daley-Yates shares her notes from the second in a series of events that explore professional practice within the arts.

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Alias Offers Artists' Advisory Sessions

22 May 2012

Alias Offers Artists' Advisory Sessions

Artist resource group Alias offers free advice for creative practitioners on Tuesday 29 May.

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Wish You Were Here

11 May 2012

Wish You Were Here

Current creative technologist in residence Kevin Walker invited Spike Island artists, designers and staff to contribute a postcard design to this interactive installation.

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Spike Island Screening Area

04 May 2012

Spike Island Screening Area

As part of this year's Open we have invited studio holders and members of Spike Associates to submit recent video works.

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10 Reasons to Visit this Weekend

03 May 2012

10 Reasons to Visit this Weekend

It’s nearly time for this year’s Spike Island Open! We’ve been busy for the last few weeks getting the building ready, and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors. 

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Happenstance: Week 2

27 April 2012

Happenstance: Week 2

Kevin and Linda get started on some mini-projects for next weekend's Open.

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23 April 2012

Opportunity: LUX/ICA Summer School Bursaries

South West-based artists and curators are invited to apply for support to attend the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images in May 2012.

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Happenstance: Week 1

20 April 2012

Happenstance: Week 1

Residents reflect on the first week of this project that embeds creative technologists in arts organisations.

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Spring Exhibitions Reading List

18 April 2012

Spring Exhibitions Reading List

This selection of publications gives insight into the themes and work in our current exhibitions “Crêpe Suzette” and “The Artists' Postcard Show”.

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Opportunity: Communications Assistant

12 April 2012

Opportunity: Communications Assistant

This new part time role will play a key role in promoting Spike Island and its activities.

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Opportunity: Technical Manager

29 March 2012

Opportunity: Technical Manager

We're looking for a highly skilled and resourceful team player to join us in this full time role.

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21 March 2012

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Artist and Spike Island studio holder Matt Davies has created a stunning audio portrait of Haroon Mirza's exhibition.

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Reviewed: What to Expect from a Gallery

08 March 2012

Reviewed: What to Expect from a Gallery

Spike Associates coordinator Lucy Drane shares the highlights from the first in a series of events that explore professional practice within the arts.

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Spike Island: A Portrait

24 February 2012

Spike Island: A Portrait

Here at Spike Island there are studios and offices full of artists, designers and other creative practitioners. We talked to a handful of them about what makes Spike Island such a lively and inspiring place to work.

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Winter Exhibitions Reading Lists

10 February 2012

Winter Exhibitions Reading Lists

If you can't make it down to our exhibitions resource area but would like to learn more about the work in our winter exhibitions, these titles have been suggested by artists Haroon Mirza and Suzanne Mooney.

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Opportunity: Technical Assistant

07 February 2012

Opportunity: Technical Assistant

We are looking for an experienced and motivated Technical Assistant to support Spike Island’s public programme of exhibitions and events.

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Spike Island Has a New Website

27 January 2012

Spike Island Has a New Website

The connections generated between the members of Spike Island's community and the public who interact with them are what make Spike Island unique. It is this sense of cross-pollination that we have tried to translate into the new website.

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Ruth Claxton wins Arts Foundation Award

27 January 2012

Ruth Claxton wins Arts Foundation Award

Big congratulations to artist Ruth Claxton who won the 2012 Arts Foundation Award for Sculpture last night.

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Watch Haroon Mirza's Sound Spill

23 January 2012

Watch Haroon Mirza's Sound Spill

Mirza's audio visual project investigates what happens when the audio from one artwork overlaps with that of another. The sound of the three artists' films that make up this piece become part of a larger acoustic composition.

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12 January 2012

Opportunity: Happenstance Technology Residencies for the Arts

Happenstance aims to change the way arts organisations use technology through a series of embedded residencies during which technologists work closely with staff teams.

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Take Part in AglioMania

09 October 2010

Take Part in AglioMania

Artist Shu Lea Cheang's AglioMania (GarlicMania) refers to TulipoMania that took place in the early 17th century Netherland. During this time, tulip bulbs were traded for enormous prices. The market eventually crashed, thus the term bubble economy. Part of exhibition Wealth of Nations, AglioMania designates ONE fabulous garlic bulb as the object of pursuit and mobilises a bidding frenzy. With an expanded social network scheme, one pound garlic ... read on →