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Dreamtime Fellowship

Dreamtime Fellowship

Visitors to Spike Island Fellows' studio, photographed at Open Studios 2019 by Lisa Whiting




Initiated with funding and support from established Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram, Spike Island can now offer a fellowship to a recent graduate artist living in Bristol. The selected artist should have graduated from a BA or MA Fine Art course from any institution within the last five years.

The successful applicant will have 24-hour access to their own studio space at Spike Island for a year, from September 2019 to August 2020. They will also be granted Spike Associates membership, which offers free access to regular talks, studio visits from artists, critics and curators, and peer-to-peer learning and support. The selected artist will also receive a bursary of £5,000 and three one-to-one mentoring sessions with Luke Jerram throughout the year.

This is a fantastic opportunity for self-led professional development and to launch your career as an artist.


The award is for artists based in Bristol who have graduated in the last 5 years from any BA or MA Fine Art course. Existing or past Spike Island studio holders are not eligible to apply. The selected candidate will be expected to participate fully in the Spike Island Open Studios from 1 to 4 May 2020.


Please note that we accept digital applications only. Your application should include the following in one PDF under 10MB only:

  • A current CV
  • An artist statement outlining your practice (up to 250 words)
  • A formal letter of application outlining how you would use your time at Spike Island and why it would be significant at this point in your career (up to 500 words). Please also state how you intend to support yourself financially during the fellowship.
  • Six images of your work, with relevant captions
  • Full contact details (all applicants must be contactable by phone or email between the submission and interview dates).

Please note that we are only able to respond to candidates who are invited to interview. If you have not heard from us by Friday 19 July 2019, then you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply in following years.

Deadline for submissions: Friday 28 June 2019, 10am


Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the Bristol but working internationally since 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe.

With many of his artworks in permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Wellcome Collection in London, he also tours his art installations to art festivals and museums worldwide. In 2018 alone, he had 73 exhibitions in 21 different countries.

Having had a studio at Spike Island for more than 10 years, he recently set up his own studio at Paintworks. Now an established artist, he’s keen to support the next generation of artists in Bristol.

Visit Luke Jerram’s website


Spike Island is a dynamic arts centre in Bristol that supports, produces and presents recent art and culture. We engage audiences in our work through a diverse programme of exhibitions and interdisciplinary events; and directly support local and international artists through major new commissions and a critically-engaged professional development network that widens access to our programme and facilities.

To support this mission, we offer bespoke production, fabrication and AV hire services, and provide subsidised studios and co-working spaces for an active community of artists, designers and artist-led organisations based in the South West of England. We are also home to a café, offer office spaces for creative businesses, and host the University of the West of England’s Fine Art programmes.

Our studios currently house over seventy artists at various stages in their careers, working across all media in shared and individual studios that are accessible 24/7. Many have excellent natural light and all artists have access to workshop and kitchen facilities. In addition to offering quiet places to work, Spike Island aims to facilitate a dynamic and creative environment of peer-to-peer support and collaboration.

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