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Spike Island Associates

Spike Island Associates

Clockwise from top left: David Chatton Barker; Moyra Davey reading group; Matilda Moors Come As You Aren't (2019) Photograph by Sam Keelan; Oliver Sutherland

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

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Reading Group: Andrea Fraser – Official Welcome

Join us for this open and friendly reading group to discuss Andrea Fraser's 2001 "Official Welcome".
31 May 2021
Location: Online

One-to-ones with Hannah Rose

Hannah Rose is a Plymouth based artist, curator and producer. She is currently curator of Plymouth College of Art gallery - MIRROR where she has curated over 50 exhibitions. She has initiated biennial project The South West Showcase; is a founding member of Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium; a founding co-director of CAMP CIC and is one half of the artist duo LOW PROFILE with Rachel Dobbs.
14 May 2021
Location: Online

Open Sandwich: Adam Green

"Given my professional background as a Police Officer, and current role as Operations Manager, people are often surprised and bewildered to learn that I went to art school..". Come along to Adam's Open Sandwich talk to find out more about his artistic practice and how his personal history has fed into it over the years.
28 April 2021
Location: Online

Record, Edit, Play: Audio workshop with Oliver Sutherland (repeat)

This workshop will cover basic audio recording techniques, how to make field recordings and the best (free) software to edit and manipulate your audio recordings.
22 April 2021
Location: Online

Talk: David Chatton-Barker

Chatton-Barker is a Lancashire based artist whose work is strongly rooted in the landscape and improvisation. He is best known for the Folklore Tapes project which explores folklore through creative interpretation as book, sound, film, installation and performance. This event is programmed and introduced by Isaac Jordan, Spike Island Graduate Fellow 2020/2021.
21 April 2021
Location: Online

City Dispatch: Köln and Düsseldorf with Dennis Hochköppeler

During this dispatch Dennis will talk about the artistic history of Köln and Düsseldorf, key institutions, artists, current cultural dialogues along with some insider tips about unique experiences and opportunities for emerging artists. Hochköppeler is the co-founder and director Galerie Drei in Cologne.
15 April 2021
Location: Online

Reading Group: Moyra Davey – The Wet and The Dry

Davey’s practice of photography is closely connected to the history and the experience of reading. In The Wet and the Dry, autobiography and considerations on the medium mixes with the lives of Goethe, Mary Wollstonecraft and the Shelleys. Join us for this friendly and informal reading group to discuss the text, with particular focus on relating it to art practices.
12 April 2021
Location: Online

One-to-ones with artist Matilda Moors

Moors is an artist and educator whose practice takes its form through an ongoing enquiry into the relationship between consumption, identity, and bodily functions, using the metaphors provided by ‘monsters’ and the cartoon as lenses through which to do this.
07 April 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.