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Spike Island Associates

Spike Island Associates

Spike Island Associates is a professional development network for artists, curators, designers, writers and producers 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.

We programme a year-round calendar of events for Associates, including:  

  • One-to-one meetings and group crits with artists, curators, writers and critics from across the world 
  • Reading and discussion groups 
  • Skills workshops: pricing and selling your work, fundraising, bookkeeping and finances, digital and practical skills 
  • Talks and study sessions related to contemporary art practice 
  • Away days to galleries and artist-led spaces  

Join a wider creative network

Associates members learn from experts in the creative industries. Recent guests include:

Marwa Arsanios, Pio Abad, Larry Achiampong, Amy Budd, Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, Leah Capaldi, Cairo Clarke, Eoin Dara, Amrita Dhallu, Sean Edwards, Seán Elder, Leyla Fakhr,  Ceri Hand, Louise Hobson, Kabir Jhala, Taylor Le Melle, Kim McAleese, Jade Monserrat, Harold Offeh, Shy Bairns, Lucy Stein, Lillian Wilkie, Eliel Jones, Rianna Jade Parker, John Eng Kiet Bloomfield, Angela YT Chan, Alice Theobald, Clara Jo, Adham Faramawy, Hannah Wallis, Tako Taal, Alice Channer, Olivia Sterling and Alberta Whittle.

Associates can also connect with communities outside of Bristol through our membership of the Kaleidoscope Networka collaboration with Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Primary, Nottingham; and The NewBridge Project, Newcastle. 

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What's on for Spike Island Associates

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Code Club X Spike Island Associates

Explore physical computing, computer vision, and the use of creative coding at Code Club led by artists Sarah Selby and Rod D.
29 July to 02 August 2024
Location: Associates Space
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Open Sandwich: Jesse Cooper

Join us for an informal lunchtime talk with Spike Island's UWE MA Curating Placement Student, Jesse Cooper.
25 July 2024
Location: Associates Space

Visionaire Collection Visit: Fantasy, dreams and magic

Join UWE MA Curating students for a behind-the-scenes viewing of the Visionaire Collection, featuring print media, toys and even scents.
22 July 2024
Location: UWE Publishing Lab, Bower Ashton Campus

One-to-ones: Erin Li

Erin Li is a curator, currently working at Delfina Foundation, leading on delivery of residencies, exhibitions, and public programming.
19 July 2024
Location: Online

Go West Gatherings: Cardiff Away Day

A collective Away Day to Cardiff in partnership with Eastside Projects (Birmingham) and G39 (Cardiff).
18 July 2024
Location: Cardiff

Donald Rodney: Study Day

Join the Black British Artists Research Group / British Art Network for an afternoon studying Donald Rodney and the BLK Art Group.
17 July 2024
Location: Associates Space
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Led by Artist and Writer Ania Bas, this interactive workshop helps you take stock to understand where you are at and what you want to do next.
11 July 2024
Location: Online

Open Sandwich: Iris Thorsteinsdottir

Join us for an informal lunchtime talk with Icelandic photographer and new Spike Island studio holder Iris Thorsteinsdottir.
27 June 2024
Location: Associates Space

Current Spike Island Associates

Join an active network of 300 creative practitioners

“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 Continuing Professional Development”

Spike Island Associates is supported by UWE Bristol. Spike Island and UWE Bristol work in partnership to deliver sector-leading support, facilities and opportunities for early-career artists and arts professionals to develop their skills and knowledge. The partnership incudes the provision of resources, arts research, joined-up learning opportunities for creative students, as well as shared public events.