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Spike Island Associates

Spike Island Associates

Spike Island Associates is a dynamic network of 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 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 underrepresented 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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Public Art and Festivals: The Confessions of a Commissioner

Join arts producer Tammy Bedford to learn about opportunities for artists to work on public commissions for festivals such as WOMAD.
07 June 2022
Location: Online
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A group crit session with curator, researcher and founder of Performance Exchange, Rose Lejeune.
01 June 2022
Location: Associates Space
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An opportunity to hear from 3D digital artist and Spike Island Associate James Bragg.
19 May 2022
Location: Associates Space
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As the founder and director of Performance Exchange, Rose Lejeune will explore some of the history and relationships between performance art, public space, museums and the art market.
18 May 2022
Location: Online
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One-to-one portfolio reviews with curator, researcher, consultant and arts coach Stella Sideli.
16 May 2022
Location: Online
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A talk by Andrea Pacheco Gonzáles, the Artistic Director of FelipaManuela – a space in Madrid, Spain, focussed on research and knowledge exchange on culture and contemporary art.
10 May 2022
Location: Online
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Kaleidosocpe Network: choke points w/gobscure

Join an activity session to address our own chokepoints – blockages that disrupt systems – within creative practices.
28 April 2022
Location: Online
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Kaleidoscope Network: Studio Visit – Rajni Perera

Join Rajni Perera and Gavin Wade for an informal discussion around her practice.
28 April 2022
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.