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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 →


Test SpaceRUNG

6 to 21 October 2018

Exhibitions An exhibition featuring artists from RUNG (issue 1), a Bristol based arts publication. Read more →

Courtesy Ben Outram

Art and Its MaterialsLed by Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, University of London

Tuesday 16 October 2018, 6–7.30pm

Talks Slime’s Sublime and the Fate of Natural Beauty Esther Leslie explores the sublimity of slime, its apparent life of its own, as alien intelligence, conjoined with its creepiness unto death, its threatening collapse of everything, all distinction and meaning. Book your ... Read more →

This week

Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, <I>Finding Fanon Part Three</I> (2016-17) Supported by Arts Council England and Wysing Arts Centre. Image courtesy Claire Barrett

Film London Jarman Award ScreeningIncluding a Q&A with Larry Achiampong and David Blandy

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 6–8pm

Screenings Enjoy a screening of this year’s Film London Jarman Award shortlist. This selection of films once again illustrates the spirit of imagination and inventiveness within the medium, with works that explore both new practices in relation to digital image making ... 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 →

More forthcoming events

Sharlene Teo. Photograph courtesy Amaal Said

Novel WritersSharlene Teo Ponti

Thursday 25 October 2018, 6.30–7.30pm

Talks Told from the perspectives of three women, Ponti by Sharlene Teo is an exquisite story of friendship and memory spanning decades. Infused with mythology, modernity, and the rich sticky heat of Singapore, it is at once an astounding portrayal of ... Read more →

<I>These Things Never Last</i>, courtesy Benjamin Jones

I Am Making ArtMoving Pictures with artist Benjamin Jones

Saturday 27 October 2018, 2–5pm

Activities Create a miniature version of the exhibition Thebes. Bring your own photos to make assemblages with provided prints and polaroid’s made on the day. Read more →

Benoît Maire <I>Thèbes </I>(2018) Installation view, CAPC, Bordeaux. Photograph by Frédéric Deval. Courtesy the artist and CAPC

Exhibition Tour: Benoît Maire ThebesLed by Iain Grant, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at UWE

Wednesday 7 November 2018, 6–7pm

Talks Iain Grant, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the West of England (UWE), leads an exhibition tour exploring how Benoît Maire’s works are deeply rooted in philosophy and theory. Book your place Exhibition: Benoît Maire Thebes  Benoît Maire ... Read more →

Preti Taneja photograph courtesy Louise Haywood Shiefer

Novel WritersPreti Taneja We That Are Young

Thursday 15 November 2018, 6.30–7.30pm

Talks A startling insight into modern India, the rise of religious nationalism, the clash of youth and age, the intensity of life (and the ever-present spectre of death) in one of the world's fastest growing economies. Book your place
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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 →

Image courtesy Louise Bradley

Behind the Scenes Studio VisitsLouise Bradley

Saturday 17 November 2018, 2–3pm

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

Kate Parsons <i> Fertility I-IV</i> (2018) Plaster, wax, wood, perspex. Photograph by Stuart Bunce

I Am Making ArtInstant Objects with sculptor Kate Parsons

Saturday 17 November 2018, 2–5pm

Activities Create your own art objects using plaster and readymade rubber moulds. Read more →

Olivia Jones <i>Ritual</i>(2018)

Test SpaceOlivia Jones Tephra: Order in the Dust

17 November to 2 December 2018

Exhibitions Olivia Jones presents works from her evolving series Tephra: Order in the Dust, exploring entropy and order in ash clouds. Read more →

Jesse Jones <i>Tremble tremble</i> (2017)

Artist's Talk: Jesse Jones

Thursday 29 November 2018, 6–7.30pm

Talks Dublin-based artist Jesse Jones represented Ireland at the 57th Venice Biennale. Here she discusses her recent projects: NO MORE FUN AND GAMES, a feminist parasite institute at the Hugh Lane Gallery, and Tremble Tremble the work she presented at the Irish Pavilion for Venice in ... Read more →

Guy Gunaratne, photograph courtesy Cade Moulla

Novel WritersGuy Gunarante In Our Mad and Furious City

Thursday 6 December 2018, 6.30–8pm

Talks Guy Gunaratne talks about his blistering debut novel, In Our Mad and Furious City, an unforgettable portrait of 48 hours on a London council estate. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018. Book your place
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Photograph by Addicted to Patterns Studio

I Am Making ArtFestive Printmaking with Spike Print Studio

Saturday 8 December 2018, 2–5pm

Activities Learn simple printmaking techniques and create your very own bespoke wrapping paper, cards and gift tags.  This session is led by surface designer Justyna Medon in Spike Print Studio. Book your place I Am Making Art These monthly activity ... 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 →

Christopher Kulendran Thomas <i>New Eelam</i> (2018) in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann. Installation view: <I>I Was Raised on the Internet</i>, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Courtesy the artist

Exhibition: Christopher Kulendran ThomasNew Eelam: Bristol

19 January to 24 March 2019

Exhibitions New Eelam originates from contemporary art’s role in reimagining cities, from styles of living to forms of labour. Read more →

Mai-Thu Perret <i>Figures</i> (2014) Performance at the Biennale of Moving Images, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph courtesy Annik Wetter

Exhibition: Mai-Thu PerretThe Blazing World

19 January to 24 March 2019

Exhibitions Preview: Friday 18 January, 6–9pm Mai-Thu Perret’s multidisciplinary practice intertwines seemingly diverse traditions such as Modernism, the Arts and Crafts movement, and Eastern spiritualities. In 1999 Perret created The Crystal Frontier, a fictional all-women commune located in the New Mexico desert. ... Read more →

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