Spike Island

Night for Fellows 2013


Tuesday 8 October 2013, 6pm



Event type


Each year Spike Island works with the University of the West of England and the University of Falmouth to identify and support promising graduates through an open call to students.

Joining us from UWE this year are Emma Lilwall and Joshua Johnson and from Falmouth, for three months, Sam Cotterell.

All three new fellows will introduce themselves and their work in this informal event, alongside outgoing fellows Sebastian Jefford, Menna Cominetti and Elisa Juncosa who will offer feed back about their experiences over their time at Spike Island and plans for the future. 

Menna Cominetti

Menna Cominetti[1989] was born in London and is a recent graduate of UWE. Having almost completed the UWE Fellowship at Spike Island, she has been involved in recent shows include Sucessone (online takeover) bubblebyte.org, Bedrock, Motorcade (Bristol), and After Aperol, Cofu (London). Menna has been selected for this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 which will launch in Bristol this September and ICA, London. Other forthcoming exhibitions include Dumb Shadow at Supercollider Blackpool.

Menna Cominetti's Website

Sam Cotterell

Sam Cotterell (1989) was born in Cheltenham and studied Fine Art at Falmouth University. He is currently making a film about how the lives of his friends interconnect with the essays of Pier Paolo Pasolini. He is not sure when it will be completed. Alongside this he has been putting together a journal calledFungus, which collects the art and writing of people he has met (with a focus on including the work of those who are stranded in the suburbs and/or priced out of higher education). 

Sam Cotterell's website

Sebastian Jefford

Sebastian Jefford was born in Swansea in 1990 and is now based in Bristol. Recent exhibitions include This Inferior Mirage, a solo show at Cactus, Liverpool (2014), Records of Garden Keeping, a solo show at Works|Projects, Bristol (2013), Surface Area, curated by Lauren Christiansen at Favourite Goods, Los Angeles (2013), Dumb Shadow at Supercollider, Blackpool (2013), Performance Fetish at SWG3, Glasgow (2013), Flatfile: A Demonstration of Possibilities at Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2013) and Soft Laminate a two person show with Orion Martin at Horton Gallery, Berlin (2011).

Sebastian Jefford's website

Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson born in Leeds, 1991 and currently lives and works in Bristol. He graduated from the UWE Art and Visual Culture programme in 2013. His work focuses on the deceptively real physicality of the model and its reality as a suggestion of an, at present, unrealised idea. Drawing on the legacy of the social utopian architecture of modernism and wider social, political and architectural history, Johnson scrutinises the viewer’s often misplaced trust in the model and the apparent failures that occur during its transmutation into the conclusion.

Recent Exhibitions include Test Space Open, Spike Island Test Space (2014), Ex, Blip Blip Blip, Leeds and THEY WILL LONG OUTLAST OUR OBLIVION; AND NEVER KNOW THE WE ARE GONE, zshed, Bristol (both 2013) and Interim, Blip Blip Blip, Leeds 2012. Joshua Johnson was the 2013/2014 UWE Spike Island Studio Fellow.

Visit Joshua Johnson's website

Elisa Juncosa Umaran

Elisa Juncosa Umaran (1990) was born in Spain and graduated from Falmouth University in 2012. She has recently been awarded  the Can Lis Residency through the Danish Arts Foundation and has also been offered an Artist-in-Residence position in Christ Hospital where she will be living and working for the next year. Her work has been exhibited in Europe and Australia. At the core of her practice is a fascination with the rules and systems that are present in our culture. Her work is an ongoing enquiry into our everyday experience, exploring concepts such as time, space and choice. Via film, games, text and interactive experiences her projects turn into scenarios which viewers negotiate, prompting them to investigate new perspectives and challenge reality.

Elisa Juncosa Umaran's Website

Emma Lilwall

Emma Lilwall (1972) was born in Edinburgh and now lives in Bristol.  She has fronted an underground punk|ska band for many years, working with key figures from this scene and performing at free parties, festivals, squats and raves throughout the UK for over 20 years.  After winning the GANE scholarship for travel she trained in New York with the Meredith Monk Ensemble.  Her practice addresses activism and sound art, by shifting genres her work often destablises and often takes the form of one off performances and collaboration. Emma has been selected to perform at Sound:Gender:Feminism:Activism Symposium 2014, associated with Her Noise, which seeks to question “What in the historical preset, might constitute an activist life in sound?”