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Open Studios

Open Studios

Open Studios 2018 Photograph by Lisa Whiting
Around 50 people standing in a gallery space looking at artwork and chatting. A woman and her child lean over a pink sculpture on the floor as if to listen to it. Around 50 people standing in a gallery space looking at artwork and chatting. A woman and her child lean over a pink sculpture on the floor as if to listen to it.

Open Studios 2022

This year, Open Studios is taking place in-person once again. Check back for more details soon.

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Every year over the early May bank holiday, Spike Island opens its doors to the public.

Open Studios is a chance to explore behind the scenes of this former Brooke Bond tea packing factory, home to over 70 artists’ studios, Spike Print Studio, UWE Fine Art BA/MA students, as well as many other creative practitioners including designers, writers, filmmakers, animators and photographers.

Artists' Studios at Spike Island: Sarah Wilton. Photograph by Lisa Whiting
Artists' Studios at Spike Island: Sarah Wilton. Photograph by Lisa Whiting

Visitors have the chance to meet artists in their studios and see what they were working on. Dotted around the building, screenings, performances, installations, workshops and talks take place, and some of Bristol’s best street food traders host pop-ups.

Our programme differs every year; no two Open Studios weekends are ever the same.