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Novel WritersAnneliese Mackintosh So happy it hurts

Thursday 18 January 2018, 6.30–8pm

Talks Book your place 'I want to be a good person. And I want to be happy. So happy it hurts. I need you to help me with that.’

Ottila McGregor is thirty years old and has decided it’s ... Read more →

This week

Georgia Hughes (left) Headdress for West Dean: I can’t hear, I can’t see you (2016); (right) An Orientalist Eye: Costumes From Around The World (Book, 1921) Installation (2016)

Behind the Scenes Studio VisitsGeorgia Hughes

Saturday 20 January 2018, 2–3pm

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

More forthcoming events

Patrick Staff, The Foundation (2015) Installation view. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Study Day: Exploring Film and Video Presentation

Wednesday 24 January 2018, 10am–4pm

Talks This all-day event explores the possibilities for film and video presentation beyond linear, single screen display.  Read more →


Baby Art HourFor babies and toddlers up to 5 years old

Friday 26 January 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 →

Sally O’Reilly, The Annual Retrieval, Part One: five appeals to Mars Nodens using the flotational-rejectamenta-to-completion technique (2016)

Talk: Sally O'Reilly

Tuesday 30 January 2018, 6–7.30pm

Talks Sally O’Reilly writes for books, art magazines, opera houses, galleries, auditoria and screens. In this talk O’Reilly focuses on recent projects – a novel, an opera, a performance and a video – to explore how they deal with historical, political ... Read more →

Jasmine Thompson and Cai Burton, photograph courtesy Rising Arts Agency

I Am Making ArtViewfinder

Saturday 3 February 2018, 2–5pm

Activities Make and use your own viewfinder and draw what you can see. This session led by Rising Arts Agency associate artists explores ideas of collaborative drawing, playing with scale and pattern. Book your place Rising Arts Agency is ... Read more →

Natasha Rosling <I>Organ of Admittance</i>(2013)

Behind the Scenes Studio VisitsNatasha Rosling

Saturday 17 February 2018, 2–3pm

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

Iman Issa <i>Material for a sculpture recalling the destruction of a prominent public monument in the name of national resistance </i>(2010) Installation detail. Photograph by Serkan Taycan. Courtesy the artist and Rodeo

Exhibition: Iman IssaMaterial for 2018

17 February to 15 April 2018

Exhibitions For her exhibition at Spike Island, Issa presents Material (2010–12) a series of ‘displays’ that question the function of public sculpture and monuments.  Read more →


Test Spaced/UMP

17 February to 4 March 2018

Exhibitions An open-ended investigation into how diagrammatic tools can be applied to thinking practices within art making. Read more →

Zoe Gilbert, photograph by Lucy Johnston

Novel WritersZoe Gilbert Folk

Thursday 22 February 2018, 6.30–8pm

Talks Book your place Folk is the breathtaking debut novel from Zoe Gilbert, the winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2014. The men and women are already lighting torches, passing them along the line. All the villagers of Neverness ... Read more →


Baby Art HourFor babies and toddlers up to 5 years old

Friday 23 February 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 →

Iman Issa <i>Material </i>(2017) Installation view, Bielefelder Kunstverein. Photograph by Philipp Ottendörfer

Exhibition Tours: Iman IssaLed by History of Art students from the University of Bristol

Saturday 24 February 2018, 2–3pm
Saturday 17 March 2018, 2–3pm

Talks History of Art students from the University of Bristol lead tours of Iman Issa's exhibition Material. Read more →

Maeve Brennan, The Drift (2017) Installation view, Spike Island, Bristol. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Study Day: How Do Artists and Arts Institutions Really Work?

Wednesday 28 February 2018, 10am–4pm

Talks This all-day event focussed on artists’ film and moving image and aimed at early career artists is a chance to meet and learn from experienced artists and arts professionals as they share their ideas and experience of commissioning, producing and ... Read more →

Laura Phillimore, Community project with Gordon Primary School (2016) Courtesy the artist

I Am Making ArtDream & Make

Saturday 3 March 2018, 2–5pm

Activities Create sculptures and projections from found materials inspired by Iman Issa’s current exhibition with Laura Phillimore of Dream & Make. This session is particularly suited to children aged 5 to 11. Book your place I Am Making Art These ... Read more →

Iman Issa, <I>Material for a sculpture commemorating a singer whose singing became a source of unity of disparate and often opposing forces</I>(2011) Photograph by Serkan Taycan

Exhibition Tour: Iman IssaLed by Polly Maxwell, Spike Island/UWE MA Curating student

Saturday 10 March 2018, 2–3pm

Talks Polly Maxwell, Spike Island/UWE MA Curating student, leads an informal tour of Iman Issa's exhibition. Read more →


Discussion: Art and Its MaterialsLed by Johnny Golding, Professor of Philosophy and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London

Thursday 15 March 2018, 6–7.30pm

Talks An ongoing series exploring the relationship between art, aesthetics and contemporary materialism.  Read more →

Greta Schiller’s documentary film <i>Paris was a Woman</i> (1996) Film still

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival LaunchFilm Screening and Discussion

Friday 16 March 2018, 6.30–8.30pm

Other events Step back in time to 1920s Paris, where women from across America and Europe came together to form a community of writers, publishers and artists, and act as one another’s muses. The evening begins with a screening of Greta Schiller’s ... Read more →

Iman Issa <i>Material </i>(2017) Installation view, Bielefelder Kunstverein. Photograph by Philipp Ottendörfer

Exhibition Tours: Iman IssaLed by History of Art students from the University of Bristol

Saturday 24 February 2018, 2–3pm
Saturday 17 March 2018, 2–3pm

Talks History of Art students from the University of Bristol lead tours of Iman Issa's exhibition Material. Read more →


Novel WritersPatrick Langley, Arkady

Thursday 22 March 2018, 6.30–8pm

Talks Book Launch and Conversation Brothers Jackson and Frank live on the margins of a big urban sprawl. From abandoned tower blocks to gleaming skyscrapers, their city is brutal, beautiful and divided. As tensions bubble to the surface and the teeming ... Read more →


Baby Art HourFor babies and toddlers up to 5 years old

Friday 23 March 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 →

Courtesy Olivia Jones

Behind the Scenes Studio VisitsOlivia Jones

Saturday 24 March 2018, 2–3pm

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

Alex Cecchetti, Tamam Shud: The nameless dead on the staircase (2015) Commissioned by Fiorucci Art Trust, London

Exhibition: Alex Cecchetti At the Gates of the Music Palace

5 May to 8 July 2018

Exhibitions Preview: Friday 4 May 2018, 6–9pm 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 ... Read more →

Zoë Paul, The Perma Perla Kraal Emporium (2017) Installation view at The Breeder, Athens. Courtesy The Breeder, Athens

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 →

Paul Simon Richards <i>Quasi-Monte Carlo</i> (2017) Production still. Courtesy Paul Simon Richards and Arcade

Exhibition: Paul Simon RichardsQuasi-Monte Carlo

21 July to 23 September 2018

Exhibitions Paul Simon Richards presents Quasi-Monte Carlo, a new film work based on anxieties surrounding the preparations to go on holiday. Read more →

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