Spike Island

Discussion event: A City without Artists

Saturday 18 June 2016, 3–5pm

Free, booking advised

This discussion event on the closing weekend of Artspace’s 40th anniversary exhibition addresses the question ‘What would a city without artists look like?’. 

Speakers include: John O’Connor, an early Artspace artist who speaks about Artspace’s campaign to secure a permanent home at Spike Island; Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, who shares her research on the cultural policy of the Cuban revolution and the relationship between the arts and health and wellbeing; and artist Ruth Beale, who talks about her collaborative project with Amy Feneck, The Alternative School of Economics at the Old Manor House Library, East London.

This event is now fully booked. A recording of the event will be made available soon.

Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To celebrate Artspace’s 40th anniversary, Spike Island presents an archival display, film and discussion event. Artspace was founded in the mid-1970s by a group of painters, sculptors and printmakers who sought out and administered affordable studio spaces for artists in Bristol. Working co-operatively, the collective was able to reduce costs by sharing space and equipment, and securing discounts through bulk purchasing art materials. 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the initial lease of Artspace’s first home, the McArthur’s Warehouse on the Harbourside. 

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