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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

Become a member to take advantage of this program

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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


Artists Isabelle Bedevian, Katie Hanning and Guy Undrill unpick the 'crit' format used in arts education.
30 May 2024
Location: Associates Space

Kaleidoscope Network | Undergrounding the Critical Mineral, with FRAUD

Artist duo FRAUD present their project EURO–VISION, a research-led inquiry that explores the concept of 'extraction', through art practice.
15 May 2024
Location: Online


Priyesh Mistry is Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Projects at the National Gallery, where he connects contemporary art with historic collections through artist residencies and commissions.
15 to 16 May 2024
Location: Online

Kaleidoscope Network: Luiza Prado & Rebecca Beinart | The Kitchen Network

Artist, activist and researcher Luiza Prado De O. Martins joins curator Rebecca Beinart to discuss 'The Kitchen Network', which delves into the politics of food as entertainment.
19 April 2024
Location: Online
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Group Crit: ‘On Playful Resistance’ with José García Oliva

Join multidisciplinary, research-based artist José García Oliva for a group crit on playful resistance.
16 April 2024
Location: Associates Space

Transtemporal Material with Lauren Craig

Join cultural futurist, Lauren Craig for a collective listening workshop exploring inner archives and emotional landscapes.
15 April 2024
Location: Associates Space

Web Design 101 – The Importance of Having a Good Website – talk and 1-2-1 drop-ins

Join website designer and marketing consultant Sian Ellis-Thomas for a talk on the fundamentals of website design, followed by 121 sessions.
02 April 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.