Spike Island

Detroit launch Edition One

Detroit is an artist-led initiative concerned with the time and timeliness of art work, asking questions about how a work is made as well as the context it is made within. This interest is pursued through a broad consideration of the contested idea of artistic research and an investment in residency.

Edition One takes place 23 November 2013 - 26 January 2014 on the harbourside in central Bristol and at public locations in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. Edition One proposes three experimental residencies as the core of the programme. The space is both a working environment for artists and a conceptual space based on the ideal of a courtyard: a place where space becomes time. A courtyard is at once private and public, open and closed. Detroit will work closely with three artists in residence to explore the conditions that artists’ work takes place within today and make tangible the hidden threads and politics involved in the making of artworks and exhibitions. These concerns will be explored through a  public programme of exhibitions and performances, and discursive events including reading groups and walks.



Vanessa Billy (CH)

Beth Collar (UK) 

Rory Pilgrim (NL) 



The Library of Independent Exchange (UK) 

City Edition Studio (UK)


Project Launch: 23 November 7.30pm - 8 Millennium Promenade, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TY

The evening will act to introduce the programme and concept of the organisation through opening up the space for a social gathering to mark the beginning of new collaborations. There will be drinks, speeches, screenings, music and dancing from 7.30pm and Detroit have invited DJs and special guests to respond to the invitation to play a Detroit set their own way.


Further Details

Details of the public programme will be released regularly on: http://detroitbristol.org, via social media platforms and by email.  

Detroit is collaboration between artists Bryony Gillard and Hannah Still, with contributions from the Library of Independent Exchange.

Detroit is supported by Spike Island, Watershed, Arts Council England and Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone as part of ‘Animating the Zone’.