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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

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 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


One-to-ones with Tamar Clarke-Brown

Tamar Clarke-Brown is a London-based curator, artist, and writer. Her interdisciplinary work centres around experimental futurisms, technologies, and diasporic practices.
25 to 29 October 2021
Location: Online

Reading Group: Adrian Piper

Join us for this open and friendly reading group to discuss Adrian Piper's artwork and text "Notes on the Mythic Being". Hosted by Louisa Lee.
08 October 2021
Location: Associates Space

Talk: The Colonial History of Climate Change

A talk from independent researcher, curator and artist Angela YT Chan that will outline how colonial histories and climate change art interlink, giving examples from her own practice.
07 October 2021
Location: Online

Workshop: Alternative Funding Streams for Artists

A session with artist Phoebe Davies covering opportunities and ideas for alternative funding strategies, project development and cultivating project partnerships.
05 October 2021
Location: Online

One-to-ones with Olivia Aherne

Olivia Aherne is a curator from/based in the UK where she works as the Curator, Exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary.
29 to 30 September 2021
Location: Online

One-to-Ones with Lucy Clout

Lucy Clout is a London-based artist working primarily in video.
22 September 2021
Location: Online

City Dispatch: Guatemala City

Join artist and curator Diego Sagastume for a talk about art, institutions, artists and experiences in his hometown of Guatemala City.
21 September 2021
Location: Online
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.
23 / 25 / 31 August 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.