Spike Island

Spike Island Open Studios2017


28 April to 1 May 2017


Free entry

Friday 28 April, 6–9pm (party till late)

Saturday 29 April, 11am–5pm

Sunday 30 May, 11am–5pm

Monday 1 May, 11am–5pm

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Spike Island Open Studios

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

The annual Spike Island Open is a chance to explore behind the scenes of this former Brooke Bond tea packing factory. Spike Island is home to over 70 artists’ studios, Spike Print Studio, UWE Fine Art BA/MA students, as well as many other creative practitioners including designers, writers, filmmakers, animators and photographers.

Meet artists in their studios and see what they are working on. Dotted around the building, screenings, performances, installations, workshops and talks take place. Highlights include clay vessel throwing with artist Sarah Wilton, young people’s film screenings with Calling the Shots and a sculptural installation ‘impossible to pin point in time or space’ by artist Ben Rowe.

Some of Bristol’s best street food traders host pop-ups, including Big O Donut Co., Gopal’s Curry Shack, and Raclette Raclette, while our very own Spike Island Café offer a colourful organic menu.

To get here from across the harbour, catch a Bristol Ferry Boat and encounter artworks on board.

Browse the Spike Island Open 2017 programme. Simply click to enlarge the brochure below and use the arrows to turn over a page.

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All events are free and do not require advance booking except for Sarah Wilton's activities Throw Down and Vessel

Sarah Wilton, Vessel
Saturday 29 April, 12–1pm
£3, limited to 15 places
Learn how to design and make your own clay vessel with studio holder Sarah Wilton.

Now fully booked

Sarah Wilton, Leaf Axils
Saturday 29 April, 2–3pm
£3, limited to 15 places
Experience the techniques used to create photographic works with studio holder Sarah Wilton. Paint, sculpt and scan forms inspired by botanicals and receive the work you make in an email.

Now fully booked