Together with Situations and Arnolfini, we are delighted to announce that we have secured a £150,000 grant from Arts Council England's “Catalyst Arts: building fundraising capacity” scheme. The money will be used to seed fund a long-term strategy for building patronage for the visual arts in the city by galvanising collaborative working, sharing resources and articulating a compelling case for the visual arts. Our bid was one of 62 successful applications from a pool of 164.
Spike Island, Situations and Arnolfini share a common mission to foster artistic experimentation and to actively engage the widest possible range of people with contemporary art. All three have established track records of presenting critically celebrated programmes, including exhibitions with Turner Prize-nominated artists Phil Collins, Mark Titchner, Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost, the acquisition of internationally-significant work for the city such as Ai Weiwei’s A Ton of Tea and the staging of world-class public projects such as Alex Hartley’s Nowhereisland.
Spike Island’s director, Helen Legg, stated: “We believe that the visual arts sector is a vital component of the city’s cultural success and by joining together, we can achieve so much more.”
Claire Doherty, founder director of arts producers Situations, commented, “By working together over the next 18 months, we hope to turn our individual successes into a compelling story for Bristol's continuing cultural success story.”
The consortium will also work in association with Simon Morrisey, director of Works|Projects, a commercial gallery based in Bristol, to launch Bristol Patrons of New Art in summer 2013.