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Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Painting on cloth of many different bright colours and abstract detailed pattern and shapes

Pacita Abad Life in the Margins

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Under My Skin (2019) Film still

Under My Skin

A collaboration between Spike Island, Rising Arts Agency and Integrate UK Friday 29 November to Sunday 8 December 2019
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Imran Perretta the destructors

Saturday 28 September to Sunday 8 December 2019
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Installation view of Meriç Algün's exhibition

Meriç Algün Day Craving Night

Saturday 28 September to Sunday 8 December 2019
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Libita Sibungu Quantum Ghost

Saturday 6 July to Sunday 8 September 2019
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James N. Kienitz Wilkins, This Action Lies (218)

James N. Kienitz Wilkins This Action Lies

Saturday 6 July to Sunday 8 September 2019
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Nicholas Wright A Chance To Look At Chicken

Saturday 6 April to Sunday 16 June 2019
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Sriwhana Spong Ida-Ida

Saturday 6 April to Sunday 16 June 2019
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Paul Simon Richards, Quasi-Monte Carlo (2019) Installation view, Spike Island. Photograph by Max McClure

Paul Simon Richards Quasi-Monte Carlo

Saturday 6 April to Sunday 16 June 2019
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Mai-Thu Perret The Blazing World (2019) Installation view, Spike Island, Bristol. Works courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Mai-Thu Perret The Blazing World

Saturday 19 January to Sunday 24 March 2019
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Christopher Kulendran Thomas New Eelam: Bristol

Saturday 19 January to Sunday 24 March 2019
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Seven abstract paintings of clouds hang in the main gallery.

Benoît Maire Thebes

Saturday 6 October to Sunday 9 December 2018
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Nina Beier, European Interiors (2018) Installation view, Spike Island, Bristol. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Nina Beier European Interiors

Saturday 21 July to Sunday 23 September 2018
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Installation: A metal frame used for displaying cars at show rooms shows in the foreground, horseshoes are placed on top of it. In the corner is a white walking frame with what looks like clay stuck to it. Coming out from the wall above are metal rails that have leather keyrings dangling from them.

Harriet Bowman All Round-er (sad sale)

Saturday 21 July to Sunday 23 September 2018
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Alex Cecchetti, Singing Chandelier (2018) 1000 unique blown glass pieces, waterphone, iron structure. Installation view: At the Gates of the Music Palace, Spike Island, Bristol. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Alex Cecchetti At the Gates of the Music Palace

Saturday 5 May to Sunday 8 July 2018
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A large bead curtain stretching from the ceiling to the ground - the beads are depicting a series of nudes (six) interacting with one another, they look hostile.

Zoë Paul La Perma-Perla Kraal Emporium

Saturday 5 May to Sunday 8 July 2018
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A blue and white patchwork quilt made up of diamond, squares and triangle shapes, hangs on a white gallery wall. Six frames are also hung on that wall - three on top of the patchwork quilt.

Andrew Mania Snapshot of a Collection

Saturday 5 May to Sunday 8 July 2018
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Bristol New Music 2018 AUDINT Spike Island Bristol. Photo by Dominika Scheibinger

AUDINT Unsound: Undead

Friday 20 to Sunday 22 April 2018
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Two pieces of wood have been joined together so one is vertical which supports a piece laying across it diagonally. A black tassle hangs from the top of the diagonal piece.

Iman Issa Material for 2018

Saturday 17 February to Sunday 15 April 2018
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Kim Yong-Ik, I Believe My Works Are Still Valid (2017) Installation view, Spike Island, Bristol. Courtesy the artist and Kukje Gallery. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Kim Yong-Ik I Believe My Works Are Still Valid

Saturday 30 September to Sunday 17 December 2017
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Installation view: A screen shows cars in a junkyard in a sandy environment.

Maeve Brennan The Drift

Saturday 8 July to Sunday 17 September 2017
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An L-shaped, waist height wall is vertically striped from dark pink (at the top) to light pink then white (at the bottom)

Tessa Lynch L-Shaped Room

Saturday 8 July to Sunday 17 September 2017
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Installation shot: Two tables with lamps, a bookshelf made of scaffolding poles stands in the gallery. On the far wall, a large image of a living room with a lot of plants in it has been pasted to a wall.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman Common Ground

Saturday 8 April to Sunday 18 June 2017
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Structures outlining the shape of clouds are hung from the ceiling. Also hung from the ceiling is a bead curtain decorated to look like the side of a large building with multiple windows close together.

Giles Round They bow. Curtain. No applause.

Saturday 8 April to Sunday 18 June 2017
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Lubaina Himid Navigation Charts

Friday 20 January to Sunday 26 March 2017
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Two men stand in a recording studio, with microphones between them. The subtitles read

Roman Štětina and Miroslav Buriánek Instructions for use of Jiří Kolář

Saturday 1 October to Sunday 11 December 2016
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Visitors stand amongst the pieces. You can see an empty wooden shelving unit, a table with a pink clay mass on it, and on the far wall, a screen.

Hedwig Houben Others and I

Saturday 1 October to Sunday 11 December 2016
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Xavier Antin, The Eternal Network (2016) Installation view, Spike Island, Bristol. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Xavier Antin The Eternal Network

Saturday 9 July to Sunday 18 September 2016
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Film still: A white person looks as though they are ballet dancing. Next to them is a table with an abstract sculpture on it.

Stuart Whipps Isle of Slingers

Saturday 9 July to Sunday 18 September 2016
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Archival Display and Film Artspace’s 40th Anniversary

Saturday 30 April to Sunday 19 June 2016
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Michael Beutler, Haus Beutler (2014/16) Installation view, Pump House (2016) Spike Island. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Michael Beutler Pump House

Saturday 16 April to Sunday 19 June 2016
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A table scene - a coffee grinder, a pot of jam, a loaf of bread, some apples all sit on a table.

Ruadhri Ryan Belt Craft Studios

Saturday 16 January to Sunday 27 March 2016
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Three black and white paintings of step stools pictured from side-on.

Michael Simpson Flat Surface Painting

Saturday 16 January to Sunday 27 March 2016
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Four white wooden free standing structures stand in the middle of the white gallery. White fabric decorated with dark patches is stretched onto the frames.

Charlotte Prodger 8004 - 8019

Saturday 10 October to Sunday 13 December 2015
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Photograph of a large white gallery space with large windows across the ceiling. A yellow tent-like structure is hanging in the distance, and swathes of fabric hang down from the ceiling in yellow and blues. Ribbons dangle from the fabric strips, and some have small clay objects tied to them.

Reto Pulfer Gewässerzeiten

Saturday 4 July to Sunday 20 September 2015
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A screen has been erected at Spike Island gallery using a lot of scaffolding. On the screen, a blonde person is wearing leather bondage gear and kneading their face.

Patrick Staff The Foundation

Saturday 4 July to Sunday 20 September 2015
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The gallery is dark apart from a large screen showing a woman wearing a red shirt sat with her back straight at a desk. Her facial expression looks stern.

Cally Spooner Post-production

Saturday 18 April to Sunday 21 June 2015
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Isabelle Cornaro Témoins oculaires

Thursday 24 January 2019 to Sunday 29 March 2015
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Installation view of Anna Franceschini THE PLAYER MAY NOT CHANGE HIS POSITION (2009). A projection of a fairground shows in a dimly lit gallery.

Anna Franceschini Laws of Attraction

Saturday 4 October to Sunday 14 December 2014
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Installation view of Aurélien Froment Fröbel Fröbeled (2014). A wooden sculpture sits on a white table.

Aurélien Froment Fröbel Fröbeled

Saturday 12 July to Sunday 14 September 2014
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Installation: In the foreground of the gallery, a grey fountain that looks as though it's been built out of various sizes of paddling pools has been erected.

Andy Holden Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity 1999-2003

Towards a Unified Theory of MI!MS Saturday 3 May to Sunday 29 June 2014
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Installation: Gallery is empty but lit with blue.

Cevdet Erek Alt Üst

Saturday 15 February to Sunday 13 April 2014
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Installation view of David Batchelor Flatlands (2013). Various plastic balls are suspended from the ceiling.

David Batchelor Flatlands

Saturday 23 November 2013 to Sunday 26 January 2014
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Installation view of Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2013) A visitor studies a large white sculpture in the shape of a wishbone.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013

Saturday 14 September to Sunday 10 November 2013
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Melissa Gordon, Material Evidence (2013) Installation view, Spike Island, Bristol. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Melissa Gordon Material Evidence

Saturday 6 July to Sunday 1 September 2013
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Installation shot: The gallery is dark, a projector screens an image of a firework exploding in the sky over a castle in black and white.

Curated by James Richards If Not Always Permanently, Memorably

Saturday 6 July to Sunday 1 September 2013
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Installation view of Jessica Warboys, Ab Ovo (2013). The gallery is light and painted white. Multi-coloured pastel sheets hang on the faraway wall. White structures sit on the floor in the foreground.

Jessica Warboys Ab Ovo

Saturday 13 April to Sunday 16 June 2013
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Film still from Cara Tolmie, Pley (2013). A woman is making a phonecall and is sat next to a bowl that contains sand and a tea strainer.

Cara Tolmie Pley

Saturday 13 April to Sunday 16 June 2013
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Becky Beasley, Spring Rain (2013) Installation view, Spike Island, Bristol

Becky Beasley Spring Rain

Saturday 26 January to Sunday 31 March 2013
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Installation view of Uriel Orlow, Back to Back (2013). Two visitors sit on a bench watching a film. There are flowers in focus in the foreground, the background of the film is blurred.

Uriel Orlow Back to Back

Saturday 26 January to Sunday 31 March 2013
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Ivan Seal's 'ble' 2012: a painting of a textured lozenge shape attached to a string that is curled around two pins so that the string follows a right angle.

Ivan Seal In Here Stands It

Saturday 20 October to Sunday 9 December 2012
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A page torn from typography book: the alphabet is written several times in different fonts.

Desmond Jeffery Type and Space

Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 October 2012
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Spike Island Book and Zine Fair

Spike Island Book and Zine Fair Experimental design and literature

Saturday 20 October 2012
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Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley with Can Altay, Rogue Game (2012) Spike Island, Bristol. Photograph by Max McClure

Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley with Can Altay Rogue Game

Saturday 8 to Sunday 30 September 2012
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Installation view of Jesse Jones The Struggle Against Ourselves (2012). A projection of five people with their hands on one anothers' shoulders plays in a dimly lit gallery.

Jesse Jones The Struggle Against Ourselves

Saturday 30 June to Sunday 26 August 2012
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Installation view of Ciara Phillips and Corita Kent, Pull Everything Out (2012) A pyramid of brightly coloured boxes sits in the gallery.

Corita Kent and Ciara Phillips Pull Everything Out

Saturday 30 June to Sunday 26 August 2012
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Installation view of The Artists' Postcard Show (2012). Various postcards are displayed in a museum case.

A selective survey of the postcard The Artists' Postcard Show

Friday 6 April to Sunday 17 June 2012
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Installation view of Crêpe Suzette, (2012). A wooden carving of a whippet stands on a table and is wearing white sports socks.

Dewar & Gicquel Crêpe Suzette

Friday 6 April to Sunday 17 June 2012
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Installation view of Suzanne Mooney, The Edge of Collapse (2011). Graphic art. The colours mint green, olive brown, orange and baby pink intersect.

Suzanne Mooney Edge of Collapse

Saturday 21 January to Sunday 25 March 2012
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Installation view of Haroon Mirza. Small framed diagrams sit on wooden plinths in between walls covered in blue sound proofing foam.

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Saturday 21 January to Sunday 25 March 2012
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Installation view of Savage, You Will Have What You Want Sometime Soon (2011). A visitor stands in front of a projection of

Jean Michael Jarre Savage Presents

Saturday 22 October to Sunday 27 November 2011
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Installation view of Cezary Bodzianowski, Tea Back (2011). A visitor sits on a bench in a room, looking at a projection of a domestic scene.

Cezary Bodzianowski Tea Back

Saturday 22 October to Sunday 27 November 2011
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Various artists: Make the Living Look Dead (2011) installation view, Spike Island. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Archival presentations from the 27 year history of Book Works Again, A Time Machine

Friday 16 September to Sunday 9 October 2011
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Installation view of Sara MacKillop, Faded Paper (2011). Five sheets of sugar paper, faded by the sun, are pinned to the white gallery wall.

Sara Mackillop Faded Paper

Saturday 9 July to Sunday 4 September 2011
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Becky Beasley Trough Box (2009) and Curtains (I–III) (2010). Installation view, Spike Island. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Claire Barclay, Becky Beasley and Karla Black Structure & Material

Saturday 9 July to Sunday 4 September 2011
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Richard T. Walker the speed and eagerness of meaning

Saturday 9 July to Sunday 4 September 2011
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Marjolijn Dijkman Theatrum Orbis Terrarum installation view. Photograph by Stuart Whipps

Marjolijn Dijkman Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Saturday 30 April to Sunday 26 June 2011
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Sean Edwards Maelfa (2010) installation view. Photograph by Jamie Woodley

Sean Edwards Maelfa

Saturday 22 January to Sunday 10 April 2011
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Charlie Tweed Ionosphere, Notes Part II (2009) video still

Charlie Tweed Notes Part I, II & III

Saturday 9 October to Sunday 5 December 2010
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Installation view of Wealth of Nations (2010). Lots of photographs of buildings are pinned to a corkboard, alongside graphs and cards that are heavily printed with text.

Wealth of Nations

Saturday 9 October to Sunday 5 December 2010
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Jorge Santos, Blind Wall (2010) mixed-media, installation view. Courtesy Spike Island. Photo Stuart Bunce

Jorge Santos the world appeared to her reflected by pure inwardness

Saturday 17 July to Sunday 26 September 2010
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Zoe Williams Flight of O

Saturday 1 May to Sunday 6 June 2010
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Amanda Beech, Sanity Assassin. Installation view, Spike Island, Bristol (2010) Photograph by Stuart Bunce

Amanda Beech Sanity Assassin

Saturday 23 January to Sunday 11 April 2010
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Sonia Boyce Like Love installation view. Photograph by Stuart Bunce

Sonia Boyce Like Love

Saturday 3 October to Sunday 29 November 2009
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Clare Stephenson, She who Presents (2009) Spike Island

Clare Stephenson She-who-Presents

Saturday 18 July to Sunday 13 September 2009
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Elizabeth Price USER GROUP DISCO

Saturday 28 March to Sunday 24 May 2009
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Ruth Claxton Lands End

Saturday 31 January to Sunday 15 March 2009
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Richard Long and Simon Starling

Saturday 4 October to Sunday 23 November 2008
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Installation view of Prophet (2008). A geometric sculpture made of clay sits on a plinth, a framed image of flowers hangs on the wall behind.

Georgie Hopton, Esteban Igartua and Cornelia Parker Prophet

Saturday 12 July to Sunday 14 September 2008
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Installation view of Part-ilha, A River Ain't Too Much to Love (2011). A wall is painted floor to ceiling with abstract brush strokes of blue, mauve and lime green.

part-ilha

Sunday 15 to Thursday 26 June 2008
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Lucy Skaer and Rosalind Nashashibi Flash in the Metropolitan

Saturday 14 July to Sunday 16 September 2007
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Hew Locke Restoration

Friday 14 July to Saturday 16 September 2006
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Installation view of Spin Cycle (2004). A canopy that looks like a cinema entrance hangs from the gallery ceiling,

Runa Islam, Damien Roach and Hiraki Sawa Spin Cycle

Saturday 11 September to Sunday 24 October 2004
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