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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 →