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New Novel Writers podcasts

Two more episodes now available from our new podcast series Novel Writers: The Warm Up Fri 21 Dec 2018

Warren and Mosley: Days of Action at Tate Exchange

Spike Associates Warren and Mosley present two collective actions at Tate Exchange, London Thu 29 Nov 2018

New Podcast: Novel Writers

We are thrilled to share our new podcast series Novel Writers: The Warm Up. Thu 29 Nov 2018

Spike Island announced as Freelands Award Year 3 Winner with artist Veronica Ryan

Spike Island will be working with the Foundation to present a solo exhibition of new work by Veronica Ryan in Autumn 2020, in addition to producing a monograph with the distinguished British sculptor.  Thu 22 Nov 2018

Fair Saturday: Bristol

On 24 November, Bristol becomes the first city in England to join Fair Saturday, a global movement which aims to boost arts, culture and social causes every last Saturday of November. Mon 29 Oct 2018

Dreamland Margate unveils new Mural-by-the-Sea artwork by Valda Jackson

Spike Island studio holder Valda Jackson was commissioned to present ‘Still Holding On’, a collage of photographs and drawings of children of the Windrush generation. Thu 23 Aug 2018

Spike Island summer reading

A shortlist of reading that we recommend to you this summer Wed 01 Aug 2018

Robert Leckie announced as new Director of Spike Island

Robert Leckie is announced as Spike Island's new Director and will take up the post in autumn 2018. Wed 18 Jul 2018

New artists and advisors announced for Syllabus IV

New artists and advisors announced for Syllabus IV – an alternative collaboratively produced learning programme. Thu 12 Jul 2018

Spike Island Summer 2018 Brochure

What's on at Spike Island this summer Tue 03 Jul 2018

Spike Island is shortlisted for the Freelands Foundation Award Year 3

The Freelands Foundation announces the six regional arts organisations across the UK which have been shortlisted for the annual £100,000 Freelands Award. The Award was established ... Thu 14 Jun 2018

Spike Island Executive Director appointed Assistant Director of Operations at The National Trust in Wales

Lhosa Daly takes up her new post at The National Trust in Wales in September 2018. Wed 23 May 2018

Spike Island wins at Bristol Life Awards 2018

Spike Island wins the Arts category at Bristol Life Awards 2018 Fri 27 Apr 2018

Spike Island Spring 2018 Brochure

Browse our spring 2018 brochure Wed 04 Apr 2018

Press Release: Spring 2018 Exhibitions

This spring, Spike Island presents exhibitions by artists Alex Cecchetti, Zoë Paul and Andrew Mania. Tue 03 Apr 2018

Syllabus IV opens for applications

Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire, invite applications from artists for Syllabus IV Mon 26 Mar 2018

Spike Island Director Helen Legg is appointed Director of Tate Liverpool

Helen Legg, current Director of Spike Island, is appointed the new Director of Tate Liverpool. Fri 16 Mar 2018

Spike Island co-commissions a major new film with Imran Perretta

We are pleased to announce a major new film commission with Imran Perretta. Mon 26 Feb 2018

Listen Again: Anneliese Mackintosh

Anneliese Mackintosh talks about her debut novel So happy it hurts at Spike Island Novel Writers. Wed 24 Jan 2018

Spike Island Winter 2018 Brochure

Browse our winter 2018 brochure Tue 23 Jan 2018

Volunteer at Spike Island

Do you enjoy being around art and meeting new people? Join our friendly volunteer team Wed 03 Jan 2018

Listen Again: Megan Hunter, The End We Start From

Listen again to Megan Hunter talking about her debut novel The End We Start From at Spike Island Novel Writers. Mon 11 Dec 2017

Lubaina Himid wins the 2017 Turner Prize

Himid was nominated for her trio of exhibitions at Spike Island, Modern Art Oxford and Nottingham Contemporary. Wed 06 Dec 2017

Winter Opening Hours

Spike Island and Spike Island Café are open to visitors until Friday 22 December 2017 and reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Kim Yong-Ik's exhibition Fri 01 Dec 2017

Spike Island alumni artist Isobel Adderley premieres her film W E F E W at Exeter Phoenix

Spike Island alumni artist Isobel Adderley premieres her new film W E F E W (2017) at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 30 November 2017. Wed 29 Nov 2017

Listen Again: Artist Talk with Aikaterini Gegesian

Aikaterini Gegisian introduces her practice, exploring questions of identity, nationhood and collective memory.  Tue 28 Nov 2017

Opportunity to perform for Echoes by Young In Hong

You are invited to perform for Echoes, a performance by Young In Hong. Fri 20 Oct 2017

New exhibitions by Spike Island artist alumni opening this week

Including Lubaina Himid in the Turner Prize exhibition and Patrick Staff at the New Musuem. Tue 26 Sep 2017

Spike Island autumn 2017 brochure

Browse our autumn 2017 brochure Wed 13 Sep 2017

Bristol Family Arts Festival 2017

Bristol Family Arts Festival returns this October for a month long citywide celebration of creativity.  Mon 14 Aug 2017

Listen again: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan talks about her debut novel

Listen again to Rowan Hisayo Buchanan talking about her debut novel Harmless Like You at Spike Island Novel Writers Wed 02 Aug 2017

Spike Island summer reading

A shortlist of books we recommend you read this summer Wed 02 Aug 2017

Listen again: JJ Bola talks about his debut novel

Listen again to JJ Bola talking about his debut novel No Place to Call Home at Spike Island Novel Writers. Thu 13 Jul 2017

Spike Island becomes lead partner in audience study set to boost contemporary arts in the UK

A study to help contemporary arts organisations expand their audiences is being developed by researchers as part of a new project. Wed 28 Jun 2017

Spike Island summer 2017 brochure

Browse our summer 2017 programme Tue 27 Jun 2017

Spike Island remains in Arts Council England’s National Portfolio 2018-2022

Spike Island is delighted to announce that it will continue to be supported as part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for the years 2018-2022. Tue 27 Jun 2017

National Volunteers' Week 2017

National Volunteers' Week is a national celebration of the millions of people who volunteer at least once a year across the UK. Here at Spike Island we are supported by a fantastic team of volunteers who each make a significant contribution to the work we do. Wed 07 Jun 2017

Network for Creative Enterprise

This partnership offers business support for creative individuals and small companies to develop a creative idea into an economically sustainable business. Fri 26 May 2017

Lubaina Himid nominated for the 2017 Turner Prize

Himid is nominated for her recent exhibitions at Spike Island, Modern Art Oxford and Nottingham Contemporary. Wed 03 May 2017

Spike Island Open 2017 programme

Browse the online programme for Spike Island Open 2017 Wed 19 Apr 2017

A Celebration of African Culture

This special collaboration between Spike Island, Ujima Radio and Africa Week at UWE Bristol took place in the final week of Lubaina Himid's exhibition at Spike Island on 23 March 2017. Tue 28 Mar 2017

Spike Island spring 2017 programme

Browse our spring 2017 programme Thu 23 Mar 2017

Video: Lubaina Himid, Naming The Money

Artist Lubaina Himid discusses her installation Naming the Money (2004) included her exhibition 'Navigation Charts' at Spike Island, Bristol. Fri 17 Mar 2017

Patrick Staff, Weed Killer at MOCA Los Angeles

Patrick Staff, Spike Island alumni artist, presents his new video installation Weed Killer (2017) at The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA). Wed 08 Mar 2017

Volunteer opportunities at Spike Island

Do you enjoy being around art and meeting new people? Join our friendly volunteer team! Thu 02 Feb 2017

Spike Associates at Tate Exchange

Co-create with Spike Associates through an exchange of images, words, objects and sounds at Tate Exchange, Thursday 2 and Friday 3 February 2017. Tue 31 Jan 2017

Opportunity for theatre groups and live art performers

For his exhibition at Spike Island, artist Giles Round would like to invite theatre groups and live art performers to use the gallery for rehearsals.  Wed 25 Jan 2017

Flash Sale on Thursday 19 January across Bristol and Bath arts organisations

Grab a bargain and start 2017 with new cultural experiences with the Bristol and Bath arts flash sale! Wed 18 Jan 2017

Spike Island's deputy director Lhosa Daly confirmed as new chairman of Institute of Directors Bristol branch

We are delighted to announce Lhosa Daly, deputy director of Spike Island, has been named as the new chairman of the Institute of Directors Bristol ... Mon 16 Jan 2017

Arts Council England awards stage two funding to Bristol and Bath Cultural Destinations Project

Arts Council England awards stage two funding to Bristol and Bath Cultural Destinations Project to promote the full richness and diversity of the region. Tue 10 Jan 2017

Spike Island Winter 2017 programme

Browse our Winter 2017 programme Fri 23 Dec 2016

Winter opening hours

Spike Island – including Spike Island Café – is open to visitors until Friday 23 December 2016. Mon 12 Dec 2016

Spike Film and Video at Art Basel 2016

Spike Film and Video have just completed editing the official Art Basel Miami 2016 film programme Thu 17 Nov 2016

Paul Hamlyn Awards 2016

Spike Island alumni artists – Sonia Boyce, Cara Tolmie and Lucy Skaer – are acknowledged by Paul Hamlyn Awards 2016 Fri 11 Nov 2016

Join our Technical Pool

We are currently adding to our pool of friendly, motivated and organised technical assistants. Thu 13 Oct 2016

Bristol Family Arts Festival 2016

A citywide celebration of family creativity throughout October 2016 Wed 05 Oct 2016

Spike Island Autumn programme 2016

Browse a digital version of our Autumn 2016 programme.  Fri 23 Sep 2016

Spike Island studio holder Caitlin Shephard presents Discord at Somerset House

Caitlin Shepherd, a Spike Island studio holder, presents Discord at Somerset House. Tue 20 Sep 2016

Spike Island studio holder Solveig Settemsdal wins the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016

The prestigious First Prize of £8,000 has been awarded to Solveig Settemsdal for her video Singularity. Wed 14 Sep 2016

Spike Island needs your vote for thermal energy

Spike Island is shortlisted for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund. We need your vote! Thu 01 Sep 2016

Workspace available in Spike Design

Spike Design is Spike Island’s affordable co-working space providing incubation and collaborative opportunities for creative businesses.  Fri 05 Aug 2016

A busy Summer for Spike Associates

Highlights include projects for Supernormal Festival, contributing to The Orchard (a community orchard on Whitchurch Village Green, South Bristol) and trips to Hauser and Wirth, Somerset and Blackrock Residency open weekend in the Forest of Dean. Wed 13 Jul 2016

Spike Island Autumn programme 2016

Browse a digital version of our Summer 2016 programme. Simply click to enlarge the brochure below and use the arrows to turn over a ... Fri 08 Jul 2016

Room 13 Hareclive visit the new Tate Modern

Room 13 Hareclive are amongst the first school groups selected to visit the new Tate Modern at a special preview this Thursday. Wed 15 Jun 2016

Announcing artists selected for Syllabus II

We are pleased to announce the artists selected for Syllabus II (2016/17), a national programme developed by Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire. Thu 02 Jun 2016

Spike Island partners with Bristol Ageing Better

Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol. Wed 01 Jun 2016

Camera Buff: Film commissioning opportunity for young people

We are now accepting applications for our online commissioning strand of experimental films, specifically for 16­–24 year olds based in the South West of England. Tue 31 May 2016

CMIR Bursaries awarded to artists Ian Giles, Oliver Sutherland and writer Ann Cahill

Artists Ian Giles and Oliver Sutherland are awarded production bursaries towards the creation of a new moving image work. Tue 31 May 2016

Visual Arts South West announce 'Go & See – Travel Bursaries'

Curators, artists and visual arts professionals based in the SW are invited to apply for travel bursaries. Wed 11 May 2016

Watch Patrick Staff's The Foundation on Vdrome

Vdrome screen Patrick Staff's The Foundation online until 14 May 2016 Fri 06 May 2016

Open Studios 2016 in pictures, tweets and videos

A selection of our favourite Open Studios posts shared online by visitors Tue 03 May 2016

Spike Island Open Studios 2016

Browse a digital version of our Open Studios 2016 programme.  Mon 25 Apr 2016

Spike Island Spring programme 2016

Browse a digital version of our Spring 2016 programme.  Fri 01 Apr 2016

Creative Local Growth Fund awarded to deliver the Regional Arts Incubation Network (RAIN)

Arts Council England have awarded a Creative Local Growth Fund to Watershed to work with the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and a consortium of arts and cultural organisations. Thu 25 Feb 2016

Spike Island celebrates Heritage Lottery Fund grant for Artspace’s 40th Anniversary

Spike Island has received a Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage grant to celebrate the artists’ collective behind Spike Island. Fri 19 Feb 2016

Listen again: Dan Fox, Pretentiousness: Why it Matters

Dan Fox introduces his new book — a timely defence of pretentiousness as a necessity for innovation and diversity in our culture. Thu 18 Feb 2016

Listen again: Brian Catling, The Vorrh

Listen again to Brian Catling introducing his novel The Vorrh at Spike Island, as part of our Novel Writers series. Wed 17 Feb 2016

Bursaries for the creation of new moving image work

Spike Island and the Centre for Moving Image Research are offering artists based in the South West production bursaries of £1000 for the creation of new moving image work. Tue 16 Feb 2016

Alice Motard appointed Chief Curator of CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux

Alice Motard, Curator at Spike Island, has been appointed Chief Curator of CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux. Mon 15 Feb 2016

Spike Island secures Arts Council England Capital grant

Spike Island has been awarded an Arts Council England Capital grant for 2016/17. Thu 11 Feb 2016

Motion design studio SHOP produce the Superbowl backdrop

SHOP, a boutique motion design studio based in Spike Island, produced the visuals for Coldplay's half time set at the Super Bowl Mon 08 Feb 2016

Creative Employment Programme: Technical Assistant

We are currently recruiting for a Technical Assistant internship Wed 03 Feb 2016

Spike Island Winter 2016 programme

Browse a digital version of our Winter 2016 programme Mon 21 Dec 2015

Spike Film and Video production premieres at Dubai International Film Festival

Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind’s new film In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain – produced by Spike Film and Video – premieres at the Dubai International Film Festival this weekend.  Fri 11 Dec 2015

Winter opening hours

Details of Spike Island's winter opening hours. Fri 04 Dec 2015

Bristol's Folk House Café to run the Spike Island Café

We are pleased to announce Bristol’s Folk House Café are awarded the Spike Island Café tender.   The Folk House Café – runners up in the ... Wed 11 Nov 2015

Spike Island Artist Editions at SUNDAY Art Fair

Visit us at the 6th edition of SUNDAY Art Fair from 14 to 18 October. We are presenting Spike Island artist editions and publications, alongside ... Thu 15 Oct 2015

Holly Corfield-Carr wins Frieze Writers Prize 2015

Congratulations to Spike Associate Holly Corfield-Carr, winner of Frieze Writer’s Prize 2015. Mon 28 Sep 2015

Art Weekender – Bristol & Bath Prize Draw

Cass Art has teamed up with Situations, Spike Island, the Hilton Garden Inn and National Rail to bring you an exclusive prize draw to win an experiential trip for two to Bristol this autumn. Wed 23 Sep 2015

ARTiculation Prize 2015

Apply to The ARTiculation Prize, a nationally acclaimed event aimed at sixth form students to promote engagement with art. Mon 21 Sep 2015

The Syllabus: Spike Island retreat

Ten artists chosen for The Syllabus were recently at Spike Island for a weekend retreat... Fri 14 Aug 2015

BBC Radio Bristol at Spike Island exhibitions previews

Hear a tour we gave to BBC Radio Bristol inside Reto Pulfer and Patrick Staff's exhibitions. Thu 16 Jul 2015

Artspace Ltd. archive at the Bristol Record Office

How did a former tea packing factory become a centre for the production of contemporary art and design? The Artspace Ltd. collection of records, is now housed at the Bristol Record Office thanks to a Business Archives Council cataloguing grant. Wed 10 Jun 2015

Armenian Pavilion wins Golden Lion at Venice Biennale

Congratulations to Spike Island studio holder Aikaterini Gegisian, who presents her work as part of the Armenian pavilion exhibition, Armenity. Wed 13 May 2015

Helen Sear, …the rest is smoke, representing Wales in Venice

Spike Film and Video are delighted to have worked with Ffotogallery on the AV design and installation for Helen Sear’s …the rest is smoke, Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice at the 56th International Art Exhibition. Thu 07 May 2015

Announcing the artists chosen for the Film Open 2015

'The programme features some of the best works by emerging artists from across the country' Steven Cairns, ICA Associate Curator of Artists’ Film and Moving Image Wed 29 Apr 2015

Congratulations to artists selected for the British Art Show 8

The British Art Show 8 announced their shortlist this week, including a number of Spike Island’s recent and current artists. Fri 24 Apr 2015

Announcing artists selected for The Syllabus; a major new partnership and programme

We are pleased to announce the artists selected for The Syllabus 2015/16, a new programme developed by Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire. Tue 21 Apr 2015

Spike Island is recruiting a Chair

Spike Island is recruiting a new Chair. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker who is able to support the development of the organisation into the future. Fri 10 Apr 2015

New production with artist Larissa Sansour

Spike Film and Video are excited to be working with artist Larissa Sansour to produce her new film In the Future, They Ate From the ... Sat 28 Mar 2015

Spike Island joins Plus Tate

Spike Island is delighted to become a partner of Tate as a member of the Plus Tate network. Plus Tate is an initiative launched by ... Wed 25 Mar 2015

Film Open

Members of the UK’s leading artist’s support networks are invited to submit new moving image work for a screening programme to be launched at Spike ... Wed 18 Mar 2015

Reading: Amy Mason, The Other Ida

Listen to Amy Mason read from and discuss her debut novel, The Other Ida, at Spike Island. Tue 03 Mar 2015

Calling The Shots to run Random Acts in the South West for ACE and C4

Calling The Shots (CTS) is to run a three-year project to nurture new talent in the south west. The new Random Acts Network, funded by ... Tue 10 Feb 2015

Reading: Sarah Perry, After Me Comes the Flood

Listen to Sarah Perry read and discuss her debut novel After Me Comes the Flood at Spike Island Mon 09 Feb 2015

New Edit Suite Facilities at Spike Island

Spike Film and Video have a newly installed edit suite available for dry hire or with an experienced editor to suit your project. We can provide advice on workflows and management of your project through post-production to exhibition delivery. Wed 04 Feb 2015

Spike Island hosts Early Warning Sign

Spike Island is hosting Ellie Harrison's Early Warning Sign for 2015.  Find out more on Ellie's website here. Mon 02 Feb 2015

Spike Studio Holder to Show at Venice Biennale 2015

We're delighted to receive confirmation that Spike studio holder, Aikaterini Gegisian is to show with the Republic of Armenia pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Mon 02 Feb 2015

Open Call: announcing a new programme for UK based artists

Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire, invite applications from artists for The Syllabus; a new programme that will support ten artists across ten months. Wed 21 Jan 2015

Desks for rent in Spike Design's popular workspace

Need a base for your creative business? Spike Design's popular, affordable desks for creative professionals has spaces for rent Thu 01 Jan 2015

Reading: Gareth E. Rees' Marshland

Listen to Gareth E. Rees reading from his debut novel, Marshland Mon 01 Dec 2014

Unheimlich Manoeuvres: stills from the event

Stills from the event, Unheimlich Manoeuvres, an in-gallery event featuring Sarah Angliss and Hákarl & Friends in response to Anna Franceschini's exhibition of film art.  Fri 21 Nov 2014

Audio from talk: #ACCELERATE/ To Live And Think Like Pigs

Audio from #ACCELERATE/To Live And Think Like Pigs Fri 21 Nov 2014

Reading: Simon Wroe's Chop Chop

Simon Wroe reading from his debut novel, Chop Chop Fri 24 Oct 2014

Spike Island Visitor Panel 2014-15

Join our visitor panel and tell us what you think of Spike Island. Fri 22 Aug 2014

In Conversation: Aurélien Froment, Anna Craycroft and Michelle Henning

Aurélien Froment discusses his exhibition Fröbel Fröbeled with artist Anna Craycroft and academic Michelle Henning. Thu 21 Aug 2014

Nathan Filer: In Conversation

Listen to award winning author Nathan Filer discussing his debut novel The Shock of the Fall. Fri 15 Aug 2014

Adult male actor/dancer required for artists’ film commission

Spike Film and Video are seeking an actor/dancer to feature in a new film by artist Patrick Staff exploring queer intergenerational relationships.  Wed 13 Aug 2014

Curfew Tower: Shields of Destiny exhibition

Over the course of 2013, eleven Spike Associates each undertook a 3-week residency at The Curfew Tower in Cushendall, Northern Ireland. Shields of Destiny is an exhibition ... Mon 04 Aug 2014

Test Space exhibition: MMORPG by Will Kendrick

A new Test Space exhibition, MMORPG by Will Kendrick, opens with a preview on Friday 1 August from 6-8pm and runs until 7 August. MMORPG explores the evolving ... Fri 01 Aug 2014

Spike Island Graduate Fellows 2014-2015

Spike Island announces it's 2014-2015 graduate fellows. Fri 18 Jul 2014

Sweat Lodge: a new Test Space exhibition

Sweat Lodge, a new exhibition by Zanne Andrea, Martyn Cross and Brendan Lancaster opens in the Spike Island Test Space on Friday 11 July, 6-9pm. Runs until 27 July. Tue 08 Jul 2014

Spike Island part of the Arts Council England National Portfolio 2015 -2018

It was announced today that Spike Island has been successful in its bid to remain part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. The organisation sees ... Tue 01 Jul 2014

New Test Space Exhibition

Even the Names of Stars Are Lost by Charlie Cousins, runs until Sunday 29 June. Tue 24 Jun 2014

Timothy Mills Wallpaper Samples

A new exhibition, Wallpaper Samples by Timothy Mills, opens today in the Spike Island Studios Test Space.  Fri 16 May 2014

A short film about Spike Design

There's always lots happening in Spike Design. Watch this short film about our current tenants and see what this shared workspace offers.  Fri 16 May 2014

Bristol Art Weekender

This weekend is the inaugural Bristol Art Weekender, four days celebrating art across the city. The Spike Island Open weekend, Andy Holden's MI!MS and Children's Films by Gareth Moore are all part of the Weekender. You can see the full programme here but we've picked out a few highlights… Fri 02 May 2014

Spike Island Open 2014 Short Film Screening Programme

A special programme of moving image work by Spike Island Studio Holders and Associates, selected by artist Cara Tolmie, Lux Head of Programme Gil Leung and Spike Film and Video Producer Ali Roche Fri 02 May 2014

Andy Holden's MI!MS comes to Spike Island

Andy Holden's ambitious installation MI!MS opens at Spike Island in May. The exhibition includes film, large-scale sculpture and performance to explore the output and legacy of ... Wed 16 Apr 2014

Spike Film and Video's latest project with artist Maryam Jafri

Spike Film and Video has been working closely with artist Maryam Jafri over the last 6 months to produce her new film Mouthfeel which opens ... Wed 19 Mar 2014

David Batchelor In Conversation

Flatlands, shown at Spike Island in 2013, was the first indepth presentation of David Batchelor’s drawings and paintings. Here he discusses his work with curator ... Fri 07 Mar 2014


Taking place over the bank holiday weekend of 2-5 May, the inaugural BRISTOL ART WEEKENDER will showcase Bristol as one of the most vibrant ... Thu 27 Feb 2014

New Test Space Exhibition: The Corridor of Uncertainty by City Edition Studio

Jono Lewarne of City Edition Studio presents a new exhibition in the Test Space at Spike Island. Open to the public over the weekends of ... Wed 26 Feb 2014

Bristol and Bath to receive cultural tourism boost

Great news for arts and culture in Bristol and Bath!  Bristol and Bath are to receive a £350,000 award from Arts Council England and VisitEngland ... Mon 20 Jan 2014

New Book Club

Calling all book lovers! Spike Island is launching an exciting new book club focussing on debut novelists. Each month we’ll be inviting a previously unpublished ... Sun 12 Jan 2014

Two new appointments at Spike Island

Spike Island is delighted to announce two new appointments: Lhosa Daly as Deputy Director, and Alice Motard as Curator. Alice Motard will take up her ... Mon 06 Jan 2014

David Batchelor's reading list

David Batchelor is best known for his brightly coloured three-dimensional works which often feature the lurid, synthetic colours of the nocturnal metropolis. This pre-occupation with ... Mon 25 Nov 2013

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 ... Sat 23 Nov 2013

Aaron McPeake Announced as Winner of Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2013

The winner of the 2013 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary is artist, photographer, sculptor and film maker Aaron McPeake. In 2002, McPeake had to abandon a ... Tue 05 Nov 2013

Bubblebyte.org take over Spike website

Do not adjust your screen! During our Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 exhibition the Spike Island website is hosting a take-over implemented by bubblebyte.org. ... Tue 17 Sep 2013

New Situationists come to Spike Island

Spike Island is delighted to be involved with New Situationists, a new programme of commissions from Situations, which coincides with our Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition. ... Thu 12 Sep 2013

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 at Spike Island and additional off-site venue

For the first time, Spike Island will take over a new off-site venue in the heart of Bristol. Fri 30 Aug 2013

2013-14 Graduate Fellows

Each year Spike Island works with University of the West of England and Falmouth University to provide support and opportunities for promising graduates. Thu 01 Aug 2013

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2013

Disabled mid-career artists are invited to apply for a three month residency at Spike Island, beginning in January 2014. Tue 23 Jul 2013

Visual Arts in Bristol: an open invitation

Contribute your thoughts about the future of visual arts in the city at this Open Space event taking place on Monday 16 September at St. George's. Tue 16 Jul 2013

Summer 2013 Exhibitions Reading List

Melissa Gordon and James Richards offer a sampling of texts that have influenced their exhibitions, from critical theory to poetry to other artists' works. Wed 10 Jul 2013

The New Situationists

Situations invites past Bloomberg New Contemporaries artists to propose a public artwork to coincide with the opening weekend at Spike Island. Thu 27 Jun 2013

Opportunities at Spike Island

We’re currently looking for people to join our team in a number of roles. Tue 18 Jun 2013

Reviewed: What to Expect from a Graphic Designer

Jono Lewarne shares highlights from the conversation between designers James Langdon and Robert Sollis on their work with artists and arts organisations. Tue 04 Jun 2013

New Project Space for Bristol

A group of four artists will establish a programme of activity in Bristol's Temple Quarter area. Wed 29 May 2013

Audio: Alex Coles

Last month the author of the 2012 book ‘The Transdisciplinary Studio’ visited Spike Island to discuss practices at the junction of art, design and architecture Fri 24 May 2013

Watch Jessica Warboys' Films

‘Stone Throat’ and ‘Pageant Roll’ now available to view online. Thu 09 May 2013

Good News for Spike Island

With partners Arnolfini and Situations, Spike Island has been successful in its £150,000 bid from Arts Council England's Catalyst Arts fund. Wed 08 May 2013

Spike Island Open Screening Channel

Artist, writer and curator Lucy Reynolds has selected moving image works by studio holders and Spike Associates for the virtual branch of our Open weekend. Fri 03 May 2013

Spike Island Open by the Numbers

We look forward to welcoming you this weekend to our annual Open, with artists' studios, activities, refreshments and more. Thu 02 May 2013

Thank You!

With your support we have successfully crowd funded more than £4000 towards Melissa Gordon's residency here. Wed 10 Apr 2013

Curfew Tower Despatch: Marie Toseland

Studio holder and Spike Associate Marie Toseland wrote this short poetic text during her residency in February. Mon 08 Apr 2013

Call for Applications: Bristol Temple Quarter Project Space

Groups of artists, curators and producers are invited to submit proposals for an exciting opportunity to establish a new project space in Bristol. Wed 03 Apr 2013

Change to Opening Times

Our gallery and Spike Café hours are changing slightly from April. Mon 25 Mar 2013

Spike Island and Picture This to Merge

In April Spike Island will merge with Picture This, taking on the moving image commissioning and production agency's AV equipment hire, production and post-production services. Thu 21 Mar 2013

Support Melissa Gordon's Residency

We've launched a Kickstarter campaign to support Melissa Gordon's production residency here in April and May, offering a number of  limited edition prints and opportunities. Mon 11 Mar 2013

Reviewed: What to Expect from a Funder

As grants become increasingly competitive, artists and arts organisations are having to consider different approaches to funding. Julie McCalden shares top tips from last week's event.  Mon 04 Mar 2013

Interview: Bristol Diving School

Bristol Diving School is an artist collective based both in Spike Island's artists' studios and in an independent space around the corner from us on Hanover Place. Mon 25 Feb 2013

Reviewed: The outline seems indelible

A group of Spike Associates travelled to Plymouth earlier this month for the opening of Hannah James’ solo exhibition at The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art. Wed 20 Feb 2013

Spike Island Editions Available

To coincide with our Winter 2013 exhibitions, we have launched two new limited edition artworks by Becky Beasley and Uriel Orlow. Tue 19 Feb 2013

Back to Back Reading List

Uriel Orlow suggests a range of materials that have informed his work, from history and architecture to memoir, poetry and cinema. Wed 13 Feb 2013

Join Our New Visitor Panel

We'd like to better understand how you engage with Spike Island, whether that’s by visiting an exhibition, attending a talk or taking part in an activity.  Wed 06 Feb 2013

Spring Rain Reading List

Becky Beasley is a voracious reader and here suggests key texts that give insight into her work and practice and that have informed her current exhibition, ‘Spring Rain’. Tue 05 Feb 2013

Curfew Tower Despatch: Holly Corfield Carr

Spike Associates have been invited to undertake a series of residencies in this unique location in Northern Ireland, and the first reports back on her time there. Tue 29 Jan 2013

Video: Uriel Orlow on Back to Back

Orlow discusses history, memory, representation and haunting in relation to his new exhibition opening here on Friday. Wed 23 Jan 2013

Call for Entries: New Contemporaries 2013

This annual exhibition showcasing new and recent fine art graduates opens at Spike Island in September. Fri 18 Jan 2013

Artists and Peer Learning

Megan Wakefield has recently completed a collaborative PhD between Spike Island and the University of the West of England. She shares some of the learning from her research into informal artists' networks. Fri 04 Jan 2013

2012: A Year in Review

Lucy Odlin, a member of our front of house team, offers a lighthearted look back at Spike Island's 2012 exhibitions, covering everything from Haroon Mirza's foam to Ivan Seal's audio pieces. Wed 19 Dec 2012

Holiday Opening Hours

Details of Spike Café, office and gallery closure over the Christmas and New Year period. Mon 10 Dec 2012

Slideshow: One Night Stand Performances

This salon event featured visual artists and writers who use performance in their work as well as live art and theatre makers. Thu 06 Dec 2012

Spoon Fed Call for Proposals

Do you have a creative project that you need a small amount of money for? Share it at this simple soup social and arts micro-funding event. Wed 28 Nov 2012

Listen to One Night Stand: Readings

Sean Borodale, Tamarin Norwood and Yvonne Buchheim read their work in these audio highlights from our recent salon event featuring writers and artists. Fri 23 Nov 2012

Opportunity: Operations Manager

We're looking for someone motivated, strategic and energetic to oversee the smooth running of all areas of our busy building. Mon 12 Nov 2012

In Here Stands It Reading List

Delve further into the enigmatic world of Ivan Seal’s paintings and audio pieces with these texts selected by the artist. Thu 08 Nov 2012

Curfew Tower Residencies

Spike Associates have been invited to undertake a year of month-long residencies in the Curfew Tower, a unique building in Cushendall, Northern Ireland. Mon 29 Oct 2012

Ivan Seal Interview

The artist sat down with Spike Island director Helen Legg ahead of the opening of his exhibition for a conversation on humour, language and “hairy sticks”. Tue 23 Oct 2012

Dewar and Gicquel win Marcel Duchamp Prize

After Spike Island hosted their first solo show in the UK earlier this year, we're delighted to hear that Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel have won the 2012 Marcel Duchamp prize. Mon 22 Oct 2012

2012 Graduate Fellows

Elisa Juncosa Umaran, Menna Cominetti and Sebastian Jefford have recently joined us as the 2012 Graduate Fellows. Tue 16 Oct 2012

Videos: Rogue Game Remix

Throughout ‘Rogue Game’ video editors have been working and reworking the footage from the live games. Here are some highlights. Thu 27 Sep 2012

Slideshow: Artists' Games Night

Inspired by ‘Rogue Game’, the Artists' Games Night brought together a selection of ludic projects and propositions. Tue 25 Sep 2012

Rogue Game Reading List

Sophie Warren, Jonathan Mosley and Can Altay share a selection of the texts that have inspired and informed their ongoing project ‘Rogue Game’. Wed 19 Sep 2012

Slideshow: Rogue Game Opening Weekend

These photographs capture the action from Friday's ‘Rogue Game’ match and preview event. Mon 10 Sep 2012

Ivan Seal: It Stands Here In

This spoken word sound piece has been recorded exclusively for Spike Island ahead of Seal's exhibition ‘In Here Stands It’, opening here on Friday 19 October. Wed 05 Sep 2012

Happenstance: Digital Downtime

Spike Island hosted a pair of creative technologists for 12 weeks as part of the Happenstance project. Two months on, communications manager Anna Searle Jones considers what the impact has been. Mon 03 Sep 2012

Video Editors and Camera Operators Sought

We're looking for participants to play a key role in the live exhibition ‘Rogue Game’. Wed 15 Aug 2012

Purchase Work by Ciara Phillips

‘Irregular Bulletin No. 53’, produced by the artist during her July residency here, available to buy, as well as screenprinted posters. Mon 06 Aug 2012

Audio: Ciara Phillips and Melissa Gordon in Conversation

The artists discuss their work, printmaking and collaboration with Spike Island director Helen Legg and curator Marie-Anne McQuay. Fri 03 Aug 2012

Video: Lydia Kavina Concert

Watch the theremin virtuosa's stunning performance at the opening of our summer exhibitions in June. Kavina collaborated with Jesse Jones on the soundtrack for ‘The Struggle Against Ourselves’. Tue 17 Jul 2012

Slideshow: Ciara Phillips’ Workshop

As part of our current exhibition ‘Pull Everything Out’, the artist is working from a studio set up in the gallery for the month of July. Tue 17 Jul 2012

On the Construction School

Designer James Langdon has been researching the little-known history of this experimental design programme in Bristol in the 1960s and 70s. Fri 06 Jul 2012

Participate in Rogue Game

We're looking for basketball, football, volleyball and touch rugby players to take part in this live exhibition in September. The project starts with a simple premise: the coloured lines of the courts are marked out in the gallery where three different games are played simultaneously in the same space. Mon 02 Jul 2012

Summer Exhibitions Reading List

Artists Jesse Jones and Ciara Phillips, along with the Spike Island programme team, suggest a selection of texts that offer further exploration of the themes in their exhibitions. Mon 02 Jul 2012

A Summer of Pop-up Shows

Members of the Spike Island community show their work in a series of one-night-only exhibitions. Wed 27 Jun 2012

UWE Spike Island Graduate Fellows Announced

Recent graduates Menna Cominetti and Sebastian Jefford receive studios and professional support for a year. Tue 26 Jun 2012

Reviewed: What to Expect from an Arts Writer

Spike Associate Sacha Waldron shares her thoughts on our most recent panel discussion featuring Tom Morton, Dr. Mick Wilson and Corin Sworn. Mon 18 Jun 2012

Slideshow: My Spike Island

Happenstance resident Linda Sandvik asked members of the Spike Island community to take pictures of their favourite spots in the building. Tue 12 Jun 2012

Reviewed: Daniel Eatock Talk

Did you miss artist and designer Daniel Eatock's lecture here in May? Writer Jeremy Cooper shares his notes from the event in which Eatock gave an overview of his process and inspirations. Mon 11 Jun 2012

Opportunities at Spike Island

Join our team! We're currently recruiting a café supervisor and summer volunteers. Thu 07 Jun 2012

Design Jam at Spike Island

Practice your research, brainstorming and collaboration skills at this design session exploring a User Experience challenge. Tue 29 May 2012

Video: Jesse Jones

What do Vsevolod Meyerhold and Busby Berkeley have in common? Artist Jesse Jones discusses their influence on her video ‘The Struggle Against Ourselves’ which opens here on 30 June. Fri 25 May 2012

Bristol Diving School: Culture, Practice and Ethics of Collectivity

Watch today's General Meeting of this nearby artist-run space online or in our gallery. Fri 25 May 2012

Reviewed: What to Expect from a Curator

Spike Associate Katie Daley-Yates shares her notes from the second in a series of events that explore professional practice within the arts. Wed 23 May 2012

Alias Offers Artists' Advisory Sessions

Artist resource group Alias offers free advice for creative practitioners on Tuesday 29 May. Tue 22 May 2012

Wish You Were Here

Current creative technologist in residence Kevin Walker invited Spike Island artists, designers and staff to contribute a postcard design to this interactive installation. Fri 11 May 2012

Spike Island Screening Area

As part of this year's Open we have invited studio holders and members of Spike Associates to submit recent video works. Fri 04 May 2012

10 Reasons to Visit this Weekend

It’s nearly time for this year’s Spike Island Open! We’ve been busy for the last few weeks getting the building ready, and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors.  Thu 03 May 2012

Happenstance: Week 2

Kevin and Linda get started on some mini-projects for next weekend's Open. Fri 27 Apr 2012

Opportunity: LUX/ICA Summer School Bursaries

South West-based artists and curators are invited to apply for support to attend the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images in May 2012. Mon 23 Apr 2012

Happenstance: Week 1

Residents reflect on the first week of this project that embeds creative technologists in arts organisations. Fri 20 Apr 2012

Spring Exhibitions Reading List

This selection of publications gives insight into the themes and work in our current exhibitions “Crêpe Suzette” and “The Artists' Postcard Show”. Wed 18 Apr 2012

Opportunity: Communications Assistant

This new part time role will play a key role in promoting Spike Island and its activities. Thu 12 Apr 2012

Opportunity: Technical Manager

We're looking for a highly skilled and resourceful team player to join us in this full time role. Thu 29 Mar 2012

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Artist and Spike Island studio holder Matt Davies has created a stunning audio portrait of Haroon Mirza's exhibition. Wed 21 Mar 2012

Spike Island: A Portrait

Here at Spike Island there are studios and offices full of artists, designers and other creative practitioners. We talked to a handful of them about what makes Spike Island such a lively and inspiring place to work. Fri 24 Feb 2012

Winter Exhibitions Reading Lists

If you can't make it down to our exhibitions resource area but would like to learn more about the work in our winter exhibitions, these titles have been suggested by artists Haroon Mirza and Suzanne Mooney. Fri 10 Feb 2012

Opportunity: Technical Assistant

We are looking for an experienced and motivated Technical Assistant to support Spike Island’s public programme of exhibitions and events. Tue 07 Feb 2012

Spike Island Has a New Website

The connections generated between the members of Spike Island's community and the public who interact with them are what make Spike Island unique. It is this sense of cross-pollination that we have tried to translate into the new website. Fri 27 Jan 2012

Ruth Claxton wins Arts Foundation Award

Big congratulations to artist Ruth Claxton who won the 2012 Arts Foundation Award for Sculpture last night. Fri 27 Jan 2012

Watch Haroon Mirza's Sound Spill

Mirza's audio visual project investigates what happens when the audio from one artwork overlaps with that of another. The sound of the three artists' films that make up this piece become part of a larger acoustic composition. Mon 23 Jan 2012

Opportunity: Happenstance Technology Residencies for the Arts

Happenstance aims to change the way arts organisations use technology through a series of embedded residencies during which technologists work closely with staff teams. Thu 12 Jan 2012

Take Part in AglioMania

Artist Shu Lea Cheang's AglioMania (GarlicMania) refers to TulipoMania that took place in the early 17th century Netherland. During this time, tulip bulbs were ... Sat 09 Oct 2010

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