Spike Island has been awarded an Arts Council England Capital grant for 2016/17. The grant of £499,976 enables Spike Island to make a number of improvements and essential repairs to its building, a former tea packing factory on Bristol’s historic harbourside.
With a view to long-term environmental sustainability and financial resilience, Spike Island will improve its digital infrastructure, upgrade lighting to an energy efficient LED system, repair the roof, invest in a much needed new boiler and create new office space.
Arup and Skanska worked with Spike Island to explore how the organisation could reduce its carbon footprint as part of their sponsorship of Bristol 2015.
Spike Island aims to become increasingly self-sufficient and environmentally friendly by lowering power costs and enabling new income generation.
‘Spike Island does exceptional work developing new and emerging talent in the visual arts whilst also providing workspace and facilities for hundreds of artists, creative individuals, businesses and students. This award of almost half a million pounds will help Spike Island carry out the essential work needed to repair the fabric of the building and install much-needed new equipment and facilities so they can look to the future with confidence.’ Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England
‘We’re delighted by Arts Council England’s decision to invest in Spike Island. The planned programme of work will ensure that we can continue to support one of the largest cultural and creative communities outside London well into the future.’ Helen Legg, Spike Island Director
'As Chair of Spike Island's Trustees, I am delighted by the Arts Council's agreement to make this generous award. This will allow the organisation to make much-needed improvements to its iconic building and will under-pin the ambitious plans we have to develop the diverse range of activities which Spike Island already carries on and supports, both in Bristol and in the wider south west region.' Andrew Cooper, Chair Spike Island