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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 career. 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

Currently all activity is held online

Our recent guests include Pio Abad, Nella Aarne, Larry Achiampong, Maeve Brennan, Amy Budd, Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, Eoin Dara, Sean Edwards, Leyla Fakhr, Mandy Fowler, Ceri Hand, Diego Marcon, Kim McAleese, Jade Monserrat, Harold Offeh, Barnie Page, 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 under-represented 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

Become a member to take advantage of this program

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Holobiont reading and discussion group

Join artists Sarah Rhys and Caroline Vitzthum for a reading and discussion group about subjects relevant to their current collaborative project titled "Holobiont". They will explore themes around our interconnectedness with the vegetal world, the construction and spread of ecological myths, as well as European paganism.
01 July 2021
Location: Online
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One-to-ones with Olu Ogunnaike

Olu Ogunnaike is an artist based in London. Recent and forthcoming shows include Royal Academy of Arts Degree Show, Timothy Taylor, New York, the Museum Folkwang, Essen and the Halle Für Kunst Steiermark, Graz.
29 to 30 June 2021
Location: Online
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Reading Group: Mike Kelley

Join us for this open and friendly reading group to discuss Mike Kelley's 1993 "Playing with Dead Things: On the Uncanny".
25 June 2021
Location: Online
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Kaleidoscope Network: Healing Herbalism

Join community herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad of Hedge Herbs, based in London, for a knowledge-sharing and practical plant medicine workshop.
18 June 2021
Location: Online
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Artwork documentation workshop with Max McClure

Learn simple tips and tricks (including processing, editing, files size) to make the best images of your artworks as possible.
16 June 2021
Location: Online
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Away Day: Cardiff

Join us for an away day to Cardiff to see the Artes Mundi exhibitions at the National Museum and Chapter.
15 June 2021
Location: Off-site
One-to-ones with Spike Island Staff

One-to-ones with Spike Island Staff

Associates members are invited to chat with a member of staff about any aspect of their creative practice. This month speak to Assistant Curator Rosa Tyhurst.
09 to 14 June 2021
Location: Online / In-person
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One-to-ones with Amrita Dhallu

Amrita Dhallu is a curator and researcher based in London. She currently holds the post of Assistant Curator, International Art at Tate Modern, London and is on the board of a-n and Art Night.
05 to 26 June 2021
Location: Online

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 ”

“ 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.