Spike Island

Exhibition Previews: Maeve Brennan and Tessa Lynch


Friday 7 July 2017, 6–9pm


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Previews: Friday 7 July, 6–9pm

Join us for the opening night of our summer exhibitions.

Maeve Brennan, The Drift
8 July to 17 September 2017
Spike Island presents a major new film commission, The Drift, by London and Beirut based artist Maeve Brennan. The film is produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London and Spike Island, Bristol and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore.

In The Drift, Brennan traces the shifting economies of objects in contemporary Lebanon. The film moves between three main characters: the gatekeeper of the Roman temples of Niha in the Beqaa Valley; a young mechanic from Britel, a village known for trading automobile parts; and an archaeological conservator working at the American University of Beirut.

Tessa Lynch, L-Shaped Room
8 July to 17 September 2017
Tessa Lynch works predominantly with sculpture and performance. Her work develops from the observation of her immediate surroundings and from her quest for the existence of a female flâneur, the woman who wanders aimlessly. The artist embarks on lengthy periods of active research that see her walking through the city streets in the company of chosen collaborators, often writers she interviews while walking. These wanderings around the city are later transformed into sculptural installations that recall her experience of the urban landscape.



The Drift is produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London and Spike Island, Bristol and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore.   

The Drift is supported by The Arab Fund For Arts and Culture – AFAC and Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.   

L-Shaped Room is supported by The Elephant Trust and Creative Scotland.


Maeve Brennan

Maeve Brennan (b.1990, London) lives and works in London and Beirut. Recent exhibitions include: Jerusalem Pink, OUTPOST, Norwich; Rough House, The Glue Factory, Glasgow; At the Seams: A Political History of Palestinian Embroidery, Dar el Nimer, Beirut (all 2016); KURZ / DUST, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Video Works, Metropolis Empire Sofil, Beirut (both 2015); and A Museum of Immortality, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2014). Brennan was a fellow of the arts study programme Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut (2013-14).

Tessa Lynch

Tessa Lynch (b. 1984, Surrey UK) received her MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2013 and her BA Hons Tapestry from Edinburgh College of Art in 2007. Solo projects and exhibitions include: Wave Machine, David Dale, Glasgow; Painters Table, Gallery of Modern Art for Glasgow International Director's Programme, Glasgow (both 2016); Cafe Concrete, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (2014); Raising, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh as part of GENERATION (2014); You Are Here, produced for Edinburgh’s BBC Live site screen produced by Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Alexandrite, performance at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena and accompanying exhibition at Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (both 2010).

Selected group shows and projects include: NOW, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; EAT, SLEEP, WORK, REPEAT, The Travelling Gallery, various locations throughout Scotland (all 2017); Trigger Words, Glasgow Print Studios, Glasgow; Green Belt, Whitstable Biennale, Kent; Condowith Frutta, Rome at Southard Reid, London (all 2016); Over, Over, Over, Simone de Sousa, Detroit (2015); Mood is Made/ Temperature is Taken, curated by Quinn Latimer for GENERATION, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (2014); Fall Scenes GSA MFA Post-Degree Project, Fleming House, Glasgow (2013); Performing Sculpture, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2012).

Tessa Lynch is currently working in collaboration with Collective, Edinburgh and landscape architects Harrison Stevens on elements of the redesign of the Collective landscape upon Edinburgh's historic Calton Hill

Supported by
  • Chisenhale Gallery
  • Creative Scotland
  • Lismore Castle Arts
  • The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)
  • The Whitworth The University of Manchester
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