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Past Events

Past Events

Dream and Make, courtesy Laura Phillimore

Dream and Make: For 5 to 11 year olds

Saturday 9 November 2019, 2–4pm
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Film London Jarman Award 2019: Screening and Conversation

Thursday 7 November 2019, 6.30–8.45pm
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Exhibition Tour: Imran Perretta

the destructors Saturday 26 October 2019, 1.55–3pm
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Baby Art Hour

Storytale Festival Edition Friday 25 October 2019, 10–11am
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Installation view of Meriç Algün's exhibition

In Conversation and Exhibition Walk Around: Meriç Algün

Thursday 24 October 2019, 6.30–8pm
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Behind the Scenes Studio Visits: Vivienne Baker and Judy Rodrigues

Saturday 19 October 2019, 2–3.30pm
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Bauhaus and Women

Wednesday 16 October 2019, 6.30–8pm
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I Am Making Art

Comic Stories Saturday 12 October 2019, 2–5pm
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Night of the Fellows

Thursday 10 October 2019, 6–8pm
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Novel Writers: Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, the Serial Killer Tuesday 8 October 2019, 6.30–7.30pm
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Exhibition Previews: Meriç Algün and Imran Perretta

Friday 27 September 2019, 6–9pm
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Novel Writers: Michael Donkor

Hold Thursday 26 September 2019, 6.30–7.30pm
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Tour with the Architect

Friday 13 September 2019, 5–6pm
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Tour with the Architect

Friday 13 September 2019, 12–1pm
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Baby Art Hour paint palette

Baby Art Hour

Friday 13 September 2019, 10–11am
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CANCELLED: Closing Performance: Demelza Toy Toy, Jol Thomson, Hannah Catherine Jones and Libita Clayton

Saturday 7 September 2019, 7–8pm
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Film Screening: The Andre Trilogy

Thursday 29 August 2019, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers: Adam Scovell

Mothlight Thursday 22 August 2019, 6.30–7.30pm
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Dream and Make, courtesy Laura Phillimore

Dream and Make: For 5 to 11 year olds

Saturday 10 August 2019, 2–4pm
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I Am Making Art

Holding a Memory Saturday 27 July 2019, 2–5pm
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In Conversation: Libita Clayton and Robert Leckie

Thursday 25 July 2019, 6.30–7.30pm
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Behind the Scenes Studio Visits: Victoria Coombes and Laura Phillips

Saturday 20 July 2019, 2–3.30pm
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Baby Art Hour paint palette

Baby Art Hour

Friday 19 July 2019, 10–11am
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Novel Writers: Caoilinn Hughes

Orchid & the Wasp Thursday 11 July 2019, 6.30–7.30pm
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In Conversation: James N. Kienitz Wilkins and Shama Khanna

Saturday 6 July 2019, 2–3pm
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Performance: Imani Robinson and Libita Clayton

Welcome Note in a Welcome Speech Friday 5 July 2019, 7.30pm
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Exhibition Previews: Libita Clayton and James N. Kienitz Wilkins

Friday 5 July 2019, 6–9pm
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Image of glazed ceramic pinch pots

Pinch Pot Workshop

Tuesday 18 to Tuesday 25 June 2019, 7–9pm
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Film Screening: Selected 9

Thursday 20 June 2019, 6.30–8pm
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The Sculpture – Vacant State, exhibition view between 6, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 1971. Courtesy Barbara Steveni

Incidental Futures

Incidental Meeting Saturday 15 June 2019, 2–5pm
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Baby Art Hour paint palette

Baby Art Hour

Friday 14 June 2019, 10–11am
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Sarah Rhys, Ritual Archaeology

Behind the Scenes Studio Visits

Sarah Rhys and Valda Jackson Saturday 8 June 2019, 2–3.30pm
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Paul Simon Richards, Quasi-Monte Carlo. Screenshot/ production image (2016)

In Conversation: Paul Simon Richards and Esther Leslie

Tuesday 4 June 2019, 6.30–8pm
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Ball-shaped waste fabric from studio floor. Courtesy Young In Hong

I am Making Art

Un-Splitting Saturday 25 May 2019, 2–5pm
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Sriwhana Spong, a hook but no fish (2018) Installation view, Govett Brewster Art Gallery (2018). Photograph by Sam Hartnett

In Conversation: Sriwhana Spong and Vera Mey

Thursday 23 May 2019, 6.30–8pm
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Novel Writers: Spike Island, Kim Sherwood, Testament

Novel Writers: Kim Sherwood

Testament Thursday 16 May 2019, 6.30–7.30pm
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Spike Island Open Studios, photograph by Lisa Whiting

Open Studios 2019

Saturday 4 to Monday 6 May 2019, 11am–5pm
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Open Studios (2017) Photograph by Max McClure

Open Studios 2019: Preview Evening

Friday 3 May 2019, 6–9pm
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Sriwhana Spong, a hook but no fish (2018) Govett Brewster Art Gallery (2018). Photograph by Sam Hartnett

Exhibition Tour: Sriwhana Spong

Ida-Ida Saturday 27 April 2019, 2–3pm
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Candice-Carty-Williams, QUEENIE

Novel Writers: Candice Carty-Williams

QUEENIE Thursday 25 April 2019, 6.30–7.30pm
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Baby Art Hour paint palette

Baby Art Hour

Friday 12 April 2019, 10–11am
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Sriwhana Spong, Performance of Tasseography of a Rat's Nest (extended) (2018). Instrument B (Vivian) (2016). Aluminium bars, wood, Perspex, rubber, felt, brass.

I Am Making Art

He aha e tangi te kainga rite? / What sounds like home? Saturday 6 April 2019, 11am–1pm
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Sriwhana Spong, Instrument B (Vivian) (2016) Wood, acrylic, rubber

Performances: Benjamin Ord and Uniform

Friday 5 April 2019, 7–7.30pm
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Sriwhana Spong, The painter-tailor (2019) Film still / Paul Simon Richards, Quasi-Monte Carlo (2019) Film still

Exhibition Previews: Sriwhana Spong, Paul Simon Richards and Nicholas Wright

Friday 5 April 2019, 6–9pm
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I am Making Art

Sigils and Symbols Saturday 23 March 2019, 2–5pm
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Woman reading a book outside. Zelda Fitzgerald event at Spike Island, Bristol

A celebration of Zelda Fitzgerald, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Rose Macaulay

Three modernist women Thursday 21 March 2019, 6.30–8pm
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Performance: Mai-Thu Perret

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 7–8pm
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Courtesy Eleanor Duffin

Behind the Scenes Studio Visits

Eleanor Duffin Saturday 9 March 2019, 2–3pm
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Alia Trabucco Zeran, The Remainder

Novel Writers: Alia Trabucco Zerán

The Remainder Thursday 7 March 2019, 6.30–7.30pm
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Dream and Make, courtesy Laura Phillimore

Dream and Make: For 5 to 11 year olds

Saturday 2 March 2019, 10am–12pm
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Yara Rodrigues Fowler, Stubborn Archivist. Photograph by Atri Banerjee

Novel Writers: Yara Rodrigues Fowler

Stubborn Archivist Thursday 28 February 2019, 6.30–7.30pm
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Baby Art Hour paint palette

Baby Art Hour

Friday 22 February 2019, 10–11am
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Behind the Scenes Studio Visits

Graduate Fellows Saturday 16 February 2019, 2–3pm
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Exhibition Tour: Christopher Kulendran Thomas

Led by Lucia Fortune-Ely Saturday 9 February 2019, 2–3pm
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I am Making Art

Inklab Saturday 2 February 2019, 2–5pm
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Baby Art Hour

For babies and toddlers up to 5 years old Friday 25 January 2019, 10–11am
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Artists’ Brunch: Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Mai-Thu Perret

Saturday 19 January 2019, 11am–12.30pm
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Guy Gunaratne, photograph by Cade Moulla

Novel Writers: Guy Gunaratne

In Our Mad and Furious City Thursday 6 December 2018, 6.30–7.30pm
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Preti Taneja photograph courtesy Louise Haywood Shiefer

Novel Writers: Preti Taneja

We That Are Young Thursday 15 November 2018, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Sharlene Teo, Ponti

Novel Writers: Sharlene Teo

Ponti Thursday 25 October 2018, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers Fiona Mozley

Novel Writers: Fiona Mozley

Elmet Thursday 20 September 2018, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Kintu Thursday 12 July 2018, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Sophie Mackintosh, The Water Cure

Novel Writers: Sophie Mackintosh

The Water Cure Thursday 28 June 2018, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Jessie Greengrass

Novel Writers: Jessie Greengrass

Sight Thursday 19 April 2018, 6.30–7.30pm
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Greta Schiller’s documentary film Paris was a Woman (1996) Film still

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival Launch

Friday 16 March 2018, 6.30–8.30pm
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Art and Its Materials

Johnny Golding Thursday 15 March 2018, 6–8pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Zoe Gilbert, Folk

Novel Writers: Zoe Gilbert

Folk Thursday 22 February 2018, 6.30–7.30pm
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Sally OReilly

Sally O’Reilly

Writer's Talk Tuesday 30 January 2018, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Anneliese Mackintosh

Novel Writers: Anneliese Mackintosh

So happy it hurts Thursday 18 January 2018, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Megan Hunter, The End We Start From. Photograph courtesy Alexander James

Novel Writers: Megan Hunter

The End We Start From Thursday 23 November 2017, 6.30–7.30pm
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In Conversation: Han Kang and Max Porter

The White Book Tuesday 14 November 2017, 6.30pm
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Artist Talk: Aikaterini Gegisian

Thursday 26 October 2017, 6.30–8pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Novel Writers: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Harmless Like You Thursday 27 July 2017, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: JJ Bola

Novel Writers: JJ Bola

No Place to Call Home Thursday 29 June 2017, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers: Gillian Best

The Last Wave Thursday 20 April 2017, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: David Keenan

Novel Writers: David Keenan

This is Memorial Device Thursday 30 March 2017, 6.30–7.30pm
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Launch of UWE Africa Week

A Celebration of African Culture Thursday 23 March 2017, 6–9pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Wyl Menmuir, The Many

Novel Writers: Wyl Menmuir

The Many Thursday 26 January 2017, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing

Novel Writers: Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing Wednesday 25 January 2017, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Adam Biles. Photograph courtesy David Grove

Novel Writers: Adam Biles

Feeding Time Thursday 24 November 2016, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Garth Greenwell

Novel Writers: Garth Greenwell

What Belongs to You Sunday 16 October 2016, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Nadim Safdar

Novel Writers: Nadim Safdar

Akram's War Thursday 29 September 2016, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Claire Fuller

Novel Writers: Claire Fuller

Our Endless Numbered Days Thursday 28 July 2016, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Kit de Waal

Novel Writers: Kit de Waal

My Name is Leon Thursday 30 June 2016, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Andrew Michael Hurley, The Loney

Novel Writers: Andrew Michael Hurley

The Loney Thursday 26 May 2016, 6.30–7.30pm
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Dan Fox, Pretentiousness Why it Matters

Writers Talk: Dan Fox

Pretentiousness: Why it Matters Thursday 11 February 2016, 6.30–8pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Brian Catling

Novel Writers: Brian Catling

The Vorrh Thursday 28 January 2016, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Claire Louise Bennett, Pond

Novel Writers: Claire-Louise Bennett

Pond Thursday 19 November 2015, 6.30–7.30pm
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Ami Clarke, Low Animal Spirits installation at Banner Repeater

Artist’s Talk: Ami Clarke

Thursday 12 November 2015, 6–8pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Jesse Armstrong

Novel Writers: Jesse Armstrong

Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals Monday 19 October 2015, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Sarah Leipciger

Novel Writers: Sarah Leipciger

The Mountain Can Wait Thursday 23 July 2015, 6.30–7.30pm
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Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance: Little Chaos #5 (2013)

Artist’s Talk: Marinella Senatore

Tuesday 14 July 2015, 6–8pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island_Jonathan Gibbs

Novel Writers: Jonathan Gibbs

Randall Thursday 18 June 2015, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Kirsty Logan, The Gracekeepers

Novel Writers: Kirsty Logan

The Gracekeepers Thursday 21 May 2015, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Amy Mason, The Other Ida

Novel Writers: Amy Mason

The Other Ida Thursday 26 February 2015, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Sarah Perry

Novel Writers: Sarah Perry

After Me Comes The Flood Thursday 29 January 2015, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Gareth E Rees, Marshland

Novel Writers: Gareth E. Rees

Marshland Thursday 27 November 2014, 6.30–7.30pm
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Robin Mackay, #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader

Talk: Robin Mackay

#ACCELERATE: The Accelerationist Reader Thursday 20 November 2014, 6–8pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Simon Wroe, Chop Chop

Novel Writers: Simon Wroe

Chop Chop Thursday 23 October 2014, 6.30–7.30pm
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Novel Writers at Spike Island: Nathan Filer, The Shock of the Fall

Novel Writers: Nathan Filer

Shock of the Fall Thursday 19 June 2014, 6.30–7.30pm
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One Night Stand readings at Spike Island, Bristol (2012)

Readings: One Night Stand

Thursday 8 November 2012, 7–8.30pm
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