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This weekend

Andrew Mania (2018) Collage featuring Carl Van Vechten 1940s portraits of Marlon Brando and Sidney Lumet

Andrew ManiaSnapshot of a Collection

5 May to 8 July 2018

Exhibitions Andrew Mania explores identity, sexuality and nostalgia through portraiture drawing. Read more →

Alex Cecchetti, <i>At the Gates of the Music Palace </i>(2018)

Exhibition: Alex Cecchetti At the Gates of the Music Palace

5 May to 8 July 2018

Exhibitions Alex Cecchetti is an artist, poet and choreographer. Over the last decade, he has developed a unique practice which he characterises as the art of avoidance, where representation and concealment go hand in hand with the tactical and the poetic, ... Read more →

Zoë Paul <i>Land of the Lotus Eaters </i>(2018) Clay, porcelain, steel, brass, lead, silver. Installation view, Spike Island. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Exhibition: Zoë PaulLa Perma-Perla Kraal Emporium

5 May to 8 July 2018

Exhibitions Preview: Friday 4 May 2018, 6–9pm Zoë Paul works primarily with sculpture, textile and drawing to explore the character of domestic spaces, both in architectural and social terms, and in particular, the point where the threshold between the interior and the ... Read more →

Éilis Kirby, collage (2018)

Behind the Scenes Studio VisitsÉilis Kirby

Saturday 23 June 2018, 2–3pm

Talks Meet artists based at Spike Island, explore their studios and view works-in-progress during these informal encounters.  Read more →

Polly Kelsall, <i>Building an Ecosystem from Scratch </i>(detail) (2018)

Test SpacePolly KelsallBuilding an Ecosystem from Scratch

23 June to 8 July 2018, 12–5pm

Exhibitions An exhibition exploring what an ecosystem can be: an interconnected system of ideas, materials, images and objects. Read more →

Next week


Novel WritersSophie Mackintosh The Water Cure

Thursday 28 June 2018, 6.30–8pm

Talks Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for ... Read more →


Exhibition Tour: Alex Cecchetti Led by Vanessa Boni, curator

Saturday 30 June 2018, 2–3pm

Talks Join curator, Vanessa Boni for a tour of Cecchetti’s exhibition with a focus on the relationship between storytelling, gesture and sound. Read more →

More forthcoming events

Courtesy Laura Phillips and Esme Betamax

I Am Making ArtMake Some Noise Together

Saturday 7 July 2018, 2–5pm

Activities Learn how to make your own DIY cinema in this interactive workshop led by Laura Phillips and her band Viridian. Create tactile percussive sounds and explore mark making on film. Book your place Read more →


Novel WritersJennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Kintu

Thursday 12 July 2018, 6.30–8pm

Talks Jennifer Makumbi’s award-winning debut vividly reimagines Uganda’s troubled history through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan. The year is 1750. As he makes his way to the capital to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the Buganda Kingdom, ... Read more →

Southcott Cross Country Course. Photograph courtesy the artist

Exhibition: Harriet Bowman All Round-er (sad sale)

21 July to 16 September 2018

Exhibitions Preview: Friday 20 July, 6–9pm Harriet Bowman presents a series of new works based on an ongoing narrative about a fictional character called Fled who explores Bowman’s own curiosities for cars, horsepower and the language of equestrian advertising. ‘…as Fled ... Read more →

Nina Beier <i>Beast</i> (2018) Mechanical bull, plastic tanks, powdered milk

Exhibition: Nina Beier

21 July to 23 September 2018

Exhibitions Preview: Friday 20 July 2018, 6-9pm Danish artist Nina Beier works with an array of objects that carry particular social histories, from human hair wigs to mechanical rodeo bulls and cigars to luxury soap. By physically challenging these objects in ... Read more →

Gery Goergieva <I>The Blushing Valley</I> (2017) Film still

Film Screening and Q&A: Selected 8

Thursday 26 July 2018, 6.30–8pm

Screenings Selected is a collection of vibrant, diverse new film and video works by early career artists, nominated by the artists shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2017. Artists in the programme include: Kamile Ofoeme, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Gery Georgieva, Jala ... Read more →


Novel WritersFiona Mozley Elmet

Thursday 20 September 2018, 6.30–8pm

Talks Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, Elmet is a compelling portrayal of a family living on the fringes of contemporary society, as well as a gripping exploration of the disturbing actions people are capable of when pushed to their limits. ... Read more →

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