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Spike Island Associates

Spike Island Associates

Spike Island Associates is a dynamic network of artists, curators, designers, writers and thinkers at all stages of their careers. Members span multiple disciplines and share a common interest in collaboration, experimentation and a desire to learn new skills and have new experiences.

We programme a year-round calendar of events that are accessible and open to all members. This includes the following activities:

  • One-to-one meetings with artists, curators, writers, critics from across the UK and beyond
  • Reading and discussion groups
  • Skills workshops: pricing and selling your work, fundraising, bookkeeping and finances, computer programmes (SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign), practical skills
  • Group crits
  • Professional development and coaching sessions
  • A variety of talks and study days on topics relevant to the network
  • Connectivity meetings with other Associates programmes across the UK
  • Away days

Our recent guests include Pio Abad, Chris Alton, Nella Aarne, Larry Achiampong, Maeve Brennan, Amy Budd, Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, Leah Capaldi, Cairo Clarke, Eoin Dara, Amrita Dhallu, Sean Edwards, Seán Elder, Leyla Fakhr, Mandy Fowler, Ceri Hand, Louise Hobson, Kabir Jhala, Taylor Le Melle, Diego Marcon, Kim McAleese, Jade Monserrat, Harold Offeh, Barnie Page, Shy Bairns, Lucy Stein, Lillian Wilkie.

Spike Island Associates have access to a dedicated workspace in the heart of Spike Island’s bustling building. Open 24/7, the space is fitted with computers, a projector and screen for presentations, photocopier, large open desk area and an ever-growing reference library.

Spike Island Associates strives to be an inclusive network. We have a number of bursaries available for people who are underrepresented in our community and we are always excited to receive proposals for events and workshops from members.

Become a Spike Island Associate

Become a Spike Island Associate

What's on for Spike Island Associates

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Date
Location

Kaleidoscope Network: Access Docs for Artists Online Workshop

Join Primary in January for workshop on Access Docs for Artists – an online resource for disabled artists made by Leah Clements, in collaboration with Alice Hattrick and Lizzy Rose.
07 January 2022
1–2.30pm
Location: Online

Kaleidoscope Network: (S)NO(W) need for DATA?

Join The NewBridge Project online or in-person this December for a snow-themed, climate-aware, hands-on data visualisation workshop by James Stephen Wright and Polina Chizhova.
15 December 2021
6–8.30pm
Location: Online & NewBridge Gallery
Alice Channer's sculpture, Lethality and Vulnerability

SKILLS SESSION: ALICE CHANNER & THERESA BERGNE ON PUBLIC SCULPTURE COMMISSIONS

Artist Alice Channer discusses her new public sculpture, Nanowires, and the commissioning process with producer and curator Theresa Bergne.
09 December 2021
1–4pm
Location: UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus
Portrait of artist and UWE lecturer Alice Theobald

ONE-TO-ONES WITH ALICE THEOBALD

Alice Theobald is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician based in Birmingham. She works primarily with moving image, installation and performance, often performing in her work.
08 to 10 December 2021
10am–3pm
Location: Associates Space & Online
Portrait of artist Alice Channer among sculptural objects

ONE-TO-ONES WITH ALICE CHANNER

Alice Channer is an artist working with sculpture. Her method is both experimental and precise, collaborating with people, machines, and materials to bring multiple bodies and voices into her polyphonic works.
03 December 2021
2–5pm
Location: Online
Installation view of the LOOP exhibition at Eastside Projects gallery space

AWAY-DAY: BIRMINGHAM

A fun and social away-day to Birmingham to visit a selection of artist-led spaces and galleries.
02 December 2021
12–5pm
Location: Birmingham
A portrait of Ligaya Salazar, independent curator

ONE-TO-ONES WITH LIGAYA SALAZAR

Ligaya Salazar is an independent curator focused on contemporary interdisciplinary practice at the intersection of design, fashion, art and graphics.
18 to 19 November 2021
12–4pm
Location: Online
A portrait on mathew Wayne Parkin

WATCHING GROUP: ASIDES, WITH MATHEW WAYNE PARKIN

An informal watching group with artist, writer and home cook Mathew Wayne Parkin, where we will watch some videos together, with space for open and relaxed conversation.
12 November 2021
3–4.30pm
Location: Associates Space

Current Associates

What our current members think

“Spike Island Associates is a great opportunity to be part of a large diverse dynamic group giving me the chance to meet and expand my network of contacts ”

“..it gives me sense of belonging and the opportunity to interact with likeminded people in the art world… there’s a good varied lot of speakers [that help] expand ones view of art”

“The Associates programme has been essential in helping me ‘find my feet’ after relocating to Bristol from a very rural area. And the one-to-ones are invaluable in terms of CPD”

Spike Island Associates is supported by UWE Bristol through the provision of computer equipment and the Adobe Suite of programmes.