Spike Island

New Project Space for Bristol

A group of four artists has been selected to launch a new project space in Bristol’s Temple Quarter with support from Spike Island.

Detroit is a new collaboration between Bryony Gillard, Hannah Still, Christopher Green and Mark James. Marking the similarity in the urban structure of the two cities, their programme will point towards the move away from a former heavily industrialised past that has left a legacy of disused space at the core of the city. Taking the model of the courtyard as its conceptual starting point – a space in which to retreat, but, conversely, a public forum, or court – Detroit will incorporate the current thinking around artist-led research into its programme of activity over the course of 12 months.  The project space will address the question of what artistic research means today, providing a contested site for artistic practice and an active space for critical discourse.

With a key investment in institution-building as an artistic act, the programme will include a series of less conventionally structured artists’ residencies, including a ‘fictional’ online residency and ‘low occupation’ residency. Events and exhibitions will take the form of screenings, seminars, a series of artist-led show and tell events, ‘Uncreative Writing/Uncreative Eating’ (an eating and talking event for local and residency artists), group critique sessions, talks and workshops.

The space will also house its own collection, the Library of Independent Exchange, an ever-increasing permanent collection of works by contemporary independent arts publishers and artists.

Detroit is set to launch in the Temple Quarter area of the city in late June 2013.

This project is part of a series of Bristol Temple Quarter commissions, coordinated by WatershedKnowle West Media Centre and MAYK, with support from Bristol City Council and Arts Council England. They will pop up, excite and re-invent perceptions and potentials.