Spike Island

Spike Island Open Studios2016


29 April to 2 May 2016


Free entry

Friday 29 April, 6–9pm (followed by a party till late)

Saturday 30 April, 11am–5pm

Sunday 1 May, 11am–5pm

Monday 2 May, 11am–5pm

Event type

Spike Island Open Studios

This is a past event. Click here to view Open Studios 2018

Spike Island Open Studios sees artists and creative tenants throw open their doors for you to explore their working environment and learn about what they do. Discover how the Spike Island building (a former tea packing factory) is now home to hundreds of artists, designers and creative businesses.

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Taking place over the first May Bank Holiday weekend, Open Studios hosts a full programme of performances, exhibitions, pop-up kitchens, tours, screenings, and more. Join us for opening night celebrations on Friday 29 April, 6–9pm followed by a party in the sculpture yard with Howling Owl DJs (9pm till late).

Spike Island’s galleries are open for you to visit the exhibition by Michael Beutler, who also hosts a special family workshop working with DIY machines. More highlights include a pop-up cinema, outdoor bingo-driven fitness activities, disruptive public service announcements, stairwell installations of light and sound, and live molten rock casting.

Experience delicacies cooked up by some of Bristol’s best street food traders, including fresh potato gnocchi and espresso Extract Coffee from Rolling Italy, deliciously light donuts from Big O Donut Co., and free-range smoky hotdogs from Underdogs, while our own Spike Island Café serve colourful salads, pulled bbq’d pork sandwiches and ice cream.

To get here, catch a Bristol Ferry over to Spike Island and encounter some special artists’ commissions on board.


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