Spike Island

Spike Island Open 2012Saturday events


Saturday 5 May 2012


Free, no booking required

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Spike Island’s popular Open invites visitors to explore the areas of the building that are normally closed to the public and to meet the people who work in these spaces.

The following events take place on Saturday in addition to the spaces that are open throughout the weekend.

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Schedule for Saturday 5 May


City Edition Studio

This graphic design and typography studio headed by Jono Lewarne is new to Spike Island and here shares a selection of its recent projects, including work with contemporary artists.


Colin Higginson, I would not fail in pleasing you

This new work, derived from an interest in images and characters from film, uses repetition and stillness to draw out layers of meaning. The performances evolve over the course of the weekend as each hour-long iteration builds on the last.


Speakers' Corner: Market Project

Representatives of this collaborative group of artists and curators from the East of England introduce their work.


Activity: Book in a Bag with Design& Collaboration

The Book in a Bag is a small creative project that shows how easy and fun it can be to make your own notebooks. The Design& Collaboration duo, Sam Barber and Fran Hope, demonstrate how to make books out of all sorts of materials, using just a pair of scissors, a needle and some thread. This hands-on workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities, and you can join in at any time.



Visit the production office of award-winning art producers Situations to find out the latest on London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project Nowhereisland. Conceived by artist Alex Hartley, this new island nation is one of the primary public art projects to be seen in the South West this summer. Arriving in Weymouth on 25th July, the Arctic island and its mobile Embassy museum will make a 500 mile sea journey around the coast arriving in Bristol 7-9 September. Become a citizen, meet the Nowhereisland Ambassadors and see the premiere of Yoke Illustration's animation for the Nowhereisland Resident Thinker programme. 


Speakers' Corner: Lombard Method

Representatives of this Birmingham artist-run studio and project space discuss their work.


Colin Higginson, I would not fail in pleasing you


Jimmy Robert in conversation

The artist discusses his exhibition consensus noir rouge (Bristol) at Picture This.


Speakers' Corner: Ilene Berman, NODtoBristol

Berman, a member of Spike Associates, presents her work.


Colin Higginson, I would not fail in pleasing you


Speakers' Corner: Barry Sykes

London-based artist Sykes introduces his work.


Speakers' Corner: Aid & Abet

Members of this independent artist-led contemporary art space in Cambridge discuss their work.


Colin Higginson, I would not fail in pleasing you