Spike Island

Test SpaceSkye 2


11 to 26 March 2017


Free entry

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Event type

Test Space

Preview: Friday 10 March, 6–8pm

In January 2017, Test Space International and Volkskammer, Berlin presented Operation Skye, a series of works, performances and interactions which took place at Kilmuir, North Skye, Scotland.

Operation Skye takes its title from the 1944 code name for the World War II radio deception component of Fortitude North, which simulated radio traffic between fictional army units. In this exhibition, the artists chose to respond – or not – to this history, taking into account the vagaries of the weather, geology, morphology and myths associated with this westerly location.

Skye 2 forms the second part of this exhibition, relocating these works (or what remains of them) to the more traditional gallery environment of Spike Island’s Test Space. Here they are stripped of their original context, where the unpredictable weather and variable light levels dominated the works to the extent that some were impossible to install, and others were damaged or destroyed.

The exhibition includes work by artists Julian Claxton, Tom Goddard, Helen Grant, Will Kendrick, Jo Lathwood, Milo Newman and Natasha Rosling, Mark Samsworth, Solveig Settemsdal.

Test Space is programmed by studio holders based at Spike Island and offers artists a chance to exhibit new works and test ideas. Artists from within the Spike Island community and beyond are included.

Please ask at reception for access.