Spike Island’s Engagement programme invites people of all ages and backgrounds to discover and connect with contemporary art and artists.
The programme includes a broad range of activities and initiatives, including workshops, exhibition tours, Engagement Fellowships and collaborations with artists and local partner organisations. Taking place in our building and online, and sometimes using our exhibitions as inspiration, our programme explores varied art forms and encourages creative learning for diverse communities. Our current partners include: OTR Bristol, Creative Youth Network and Age UK.
Spike Island organises activities for children, young people and families throughout the year.
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We organise workshops and other activities for children, young people and over 50s in partnership with local organisations including OTR Bristol, Creative Youth Network and Age UK. Our aim is to provide a space where these groups can get creative, learn new skills, and connect with our community of artists.
Previous collaborations with OTR Bristol have included ceramics workshops with Turner Prize-winning artist Veronica Ryan, as well as a series of film and animation workshops exploring science fiction futures, facilitated by artist and Spike Island studio holder Bryony Gillard.
We currently offer annual Fellowships for artists and curators to support their professional development and enhance engagement with contemporary art across the South West of England. The Fellowships are part of the West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA), supported by Arts Council England.
If you are planning a visit for your school or community group, book ahead for a short introduction to Spike Island, including a brief history of our spaces, gallery orientation and our current exhibitions.