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UWE Bristol / Spike Island Associates Membership Bursary

UWE Bristol / Spike Island Associates Membership Bursary



The deadline has now passed for this opportunity

As a soon-to-graduate student of a creative degree at UWE Bristol, you have the opportunity to apply for our Spike Island Associates Membership Bursary.


Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. It is a place where artists and the public can meet, enabling audiences to engage with artists’ research and production. Spike Island offers visitors a year-round programme of internationally relevant exhibitions, events and activities, as well as providing working space for artists, designers and creative businesses. The link between the production and presentation of art on this scale and under one roof is unique within the UK. Spike Island’s programme emphasises the commissioning of new ambitious work and often provides artists their first significant gallery exhibition in the UK.


Spike Island Associates is a network that offers professional development opportunities to artists, curators, designers and writers who are keen to collaborate and experiment with all forms of art. Members are active contributors to a diverse network and support one another with ambitious projects, working individually or together to develop their own creative practice. Learn more about Spike Island Associates.


The standard Spike Island Associates membership fee is normally £12 per month.

UWE Bristol are offering to pay membership fees to the Spike Island Associates network for 16 months (a value of £192) for ten UWE Bristol graduates.


As a member, you are encouraged to develop your own creative work and professional skills through practical workshops. A year-round programme of events, opportunities and projects is offered exclusively to members, including crit sessions with visiting artists from around the world. Spike Island Associates membership includes the following:

  • Free admission to most of Spike Island’s talks and events
  • 24-hour access to shared working space, featuring: IT facilities such as wireless internet, scanning, printing and computers with Adobe Suite, graphics and video editing software; a reference library including artists’ monographs, critical theory texts and art periodicals; and an active noticeboard for local, regional and national exhibitions, events and opportunities. (Please note that in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis access to the Associates Space is currently limited to 5 people at any one time.)
  • Regular events, workshops, peer crits and one to one sessions with guest artists and curators
  • Occasional group trips, with subsidised travel when possible
  • The UWE Bristol / Spike Island Associate Membership Bursaries are valid for the 2021 intake from 30 September 2021 – 30 January 2023


Applicants should be graduating from a UWE Bristol creative undergraduate programme in 2021.

The panel (comprising up to two members of staff from UWE Bristol and one member of staff from Spike Island) will select successful applicants using the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of a commitment to the field of contemporary art, curating, writing and/or design.
  • A clear understanding of how membership will enhance their professional practice.
  • Clear articulation of a commitment to the city and / or region.
  • The achievements of the applicant to date.
  • The future creative potential of the applicant.

Successful applicants are expected to:

Complete a written evaluation when their membership ends comparing their progress against the original objectives outlined in their application form, as well as providing feedback to enable effective evaluation of the scheme.


The Associates programme is currently being delivered online, including one to ones with invited artists and curators, coaching sessions, consultations, reading groups, and workshop sessions. Access to the Associates Space is limited to 5 people at any one time.


Download an application form and submit it by Friday 28 May 2021. Please name your completed application form: Your Name_UWE Spike Associates Bursary Application.

Following the submission of your application form, you will be prompted to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 16 June 2021. Unfortunately, Spike Island cannot guarantee to provide individual feedback on unsuccessful applications.

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