Spike Island

Spike Island Open by the Numbers

We look forward to welcoming you this weekend to our annual Open, an opportunity to explore the work that is made, exhibited and discussed here throughout the year by artists, designers and audiences.

Below are just a few highlights that you can expect to find this weekend; take a look at the event page to view the whole programme. No matter what you see or do while you’re here, we hope you come away enlightened, inspired and excited about visiting us again!

  • More than 21 hours of activity across three days and the preview evening

  • 5 organisations opening late for the Harbourside Arts Night on Friday 3 May: Spike Island, M Shed, Arnolfini, Works|Projects and Bristol Diving School (and 1 boat from Bristol’s Ferryboats shuttling passengers between venues)

  • 74 artists showing their work in 54 studios

  • 3 gallery exhibitions and 6 pop-up shows to peruse

  • 8 pages of surprises to discover in our Spike Island family trail

  • 12 ultra lo-fi presentations at Speakers’ Corner across the weekend

  • 4 eateries to choose from for a refreshment break: Spike Café, Bear Grillz, La Bonne Crêpe and Paper Bag Café

  • 3 musicians improvising to a showreel of images collected from Spike Associates in Three Short Works

  • 6 artists’ films in our online screening area, selected by artist, writer and curator Lucy Reynolds

  • At least 8 artists’ and designers’ wares available to purchase at the Marketplace, plus Spike Island publications and editions

  • 6 tours of our creative co-working space Spike Design (each day at 1 and 4pm)

  • 0 straightforward responses on Room 13 Hareclive’s interactive Wall of No Easy Answers

  • 12 months of activity by members of the Spike Island community represented on the Timeline

  • 1 pound to make a print in Spike Print Studio’s activities on Saturday and Sunday or to buy a ticket for their fundraising raffle

  • 6 (approximately) types of fruit making up the salad offered by the Collect in A Brief Introduction to the Delicious and Nutritious World of Spike Associates

  • 80,000 sq ft of building to explore

  • 15 volunteers and 28 members of staff on the Open team