Spike Island

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Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. Based in Bristol, UK, it is home to a gallery, café and working space for artists, designers and creative businesses. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, we offer opportunities for audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.

Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. Based in Bristol, UK, it is home to a gallery, café and working space for artists, designers and creative businesses. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, we offer opportunities for audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.

Our vision is to position art as central to society, which we do in two ways: by offering a high quality, challenging programme of exhibitions and events; and by fostering a dynamic and critically engaged community of artists and designers. Spike Island collaborates with local and regional partners as well as with international institutions, museums and universities.

The support of artists and designers, and audiences’ encounters with them, underlies everything Spike Island does. To this end we seek to develop fruitful synergies across the building which is home to:

  • A year-round programme of public exhibitions, talks and activities
  • Over 70 artists in low-cost studios
  • Other contemporary arts organisations such as Works|Projects, Situations and Spike Print Studio
  • A range of creative companies in fields including: fine art fabrication; graphic, web, product and interactive design; typography; film and video production; CGI; illustration and animation
  • Shared space used by over 90 members of the Associates network
  • Students and staff from the University of the West of England Fine Art BA programmes

 

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Spike Island Open 2014

Portfolio image: Spike Island  - Spike Island Open 2014
The hugely popular annual Open Studios weekend invites visitors to explore behind the scenes of this former Brooke Bond tea packing factory. Now an international centre for art and design, Spike Island is a vibrant hub of creativity for Bristol and the South West and is home to over 70 artists’ studios, a print studio, UWE fine art and curatorial courses, as well as many other creative practitioners including designers, film-makers, animators, photographers. rnrnVisitors will be able to see our new exhibition, MI!MS by Andy Holden, and can also expect to find mini exhibitions , performances, film screenings, opportunities to make and buy their own art and also explore the artists’ studios, where they can see works-in-progress and meet and engage with artists on an informal and enjoyable level. Spike Print Studio, Spike Associates, Spike Design will all host events, activities and tours to introduce what they do.rnrn

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