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

21 July to 23 September 2018

Exhibitions Preview: Friday 20 July, 6–9pm Harriet Bowman (b. 1990, based in Bristol) works with sculpture and writing. For her solo exhibition, All Round-er (sad sale), Bowman presents a new body of ceramic, leather, metal and sound works based on an ... Read more →

Nina Beier <i>European Interiors</i> (2018) Installation view, Spike Island. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Exhibition: Nina BeierEuropean Interiors

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 soap. By physically challenging these objects in various ... Read more →

More forthcoming events

Courtesy Ore and Ingot

Bronze Casting Workshop with Ore and Ingot

24 to 26 August 2018, 10am–5pm

Activities Join Ore and Ingot for a three day introductory course to learn how to cast bronze using the lost wax ceramic shell process. Read more →

Harriet Bowman <i>Ceramic Horseshoe</i> (2018) Photograph courtesy the artist.

Making Luck Workshop: Harriet Bowman

Saturday 1 September 2018, 2–4.30pm

Activities Join artist Harriet Bowman to make clay horseshoe sculptures while discussing ideas and folk stories about luck (good and bad). Each horseshoe will later be fired and added to the exhibition. Sessions are taking place at 2–3pm and 3.30–4.30pm. Read more →


Test SpaceVOLtsEchoes of Exclusion

1 to 16 September 2018

Exhibitions Preview: Friday 31 August, 6–8pm VOLts (VOLunteers test space) are an eclectic group of emerging and established artists who also volunteer at Spike Island. Here they collaborate for the first time, drawing inspiration from the philosophical nature of Test Space, ... Read more →

Natasha MacVoy <i>Weak at the knees</i> (2009) Picture frame, gloss paint and bought toy.

I Am Making ArtPlayful Assemblages

Saturday 8 September 2018, 2–5pm

Activities Balance, prop and combine objects before documenting them as photographs with artist Natasha MacVoy. You are welcome to bring an object with you or to play with the found objects brought from the artist’s studio. Book your place I ... 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 →


Baby Art HourFor babies and toddlers up to 5 years old

Friday 21 September 2018, 10–11am

Activities Play with colour, shape, texture and easy ways to create, using simple methods and materials you can usually find at home. Led by Éilis Kirby, these monthly sessions in Spike Café are for under fives and their carers.  The gallery opens ... Read more →

Courtesy Calling the Shots. Photograph by Steve Gear

Behind the Scenes Studio VisitsCalling the Shots

Saturday 22 September 2018, 2–3pm

Talks Meet the team behind the internationally renowned production company Calling the Shots, who use creative media to engage new audiences and develop talent. Book your place Behind the Scenes Studio Visits Meet artists based at Spike Island, explore their ... Read more →

<I>Little Elevations</I> (detail) Courtesy Holly Corfield Carr

Little Elevations: Close Reading Night

Thursday 4 October 2018, 6.30–8pm

Talks This National Poetry Day, poets Holly Corfield Carr, Rachael Boast and Samantha Walton lead a relaxed and open discussion about how and why we read our favourite poems and writing by women. Read more →

Benoît Maire, <i>Origin of numbers</i> (2017) Courtesy the artist

Exhibition: Benoît MaireThebes

6 October to 9 December 2018

Exhibitions Benoît Maire can be described as a visual philosopher, taking inspiration from a range of disciplines including geometry, sociology and mythology.  Read more →


Baby Art HourFor babies and toddlers up to 5 years old

Friday 19 October 2018, 10–11am

Activities Led by artist Éilis Kirby, these monthly sessions in Spike Island Café are for under fives and their carers. Come play with colour, shape, texture and learn easy ways to create, using simple methods and materials. The gallery opens early ... Read more →


Baby Art HourFor babies and toddlers up to 5 years old

Friday 16 November 2018, 10–11am

Activities Led by artist Éilis Kirby, these monthly sessions in Spike Island Café are for under fives and their carers. Come play with colour, shape, texture and learn easy ways to create, using simple methods and materials. The gallery opens early ... Read more →


Baby Art HourFor babies and toddlers up to 5 years old

Friday 14 December 2018, 10–11am

Activities Led by artist Éilis Kirby, these monthly sessions in Spike Island Café are for under fives and their carers. Come play with colour, shape, texture and learn easy ways to create, using simple methods and materials. The gallery opens early ... Read more →

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