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 to join the scheme in 2015, selected on the basis of ‘a strong artistic vision, a focus on contemporary art, outstanding programming and a commitment to local community engagement through art.’
Spike Island Director, Helen Legg, said ‘Bristol now hosts two Plus Tate partners, Spike Island and Arnolfini, which is testament to the robust and vibrant state of the arts in the city. The new partnership will increase our ability to bring ambitious new work to Bristol, and for us to reciprocate, by sharing our knowledge of work from the region with national partners.’
Spike Island’s fellow new Tate partners are Artes Mundi in Cardiff, Camden Arts Centre, Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester, Chisenhale Gallery in London, The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Golden Thread in Belfast, Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, Liverpool Biennial, The MAC Belfast, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford, The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland and the South London Gallery.
They join the original eighteen Tate partners: Arnolfini, BALTIC, Cornerhouse/HOME, firstsite, Glynn Vivian, Grizedale Arts, The Hepworth Wakefield, Ikon, Kettle’s Yard, mima, MOSTYN, Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, The Pier Arts Centre, Towner, Turner Contemporary, Whitworth Art Gallery, Wysing, plus the four Tate galleries.