Spike Island

Spike Island's building
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Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, it invites audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.

The organisation’s vision is to position art as central to society. It does this 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.

Open seven days a week, Spike Café serves a range of drinks, snacks and meals in a sunny, laid back spot overlooking the river. It’s an ideal place to relax and refresh whether you’re visiting the exhibitions, wandering around the Harbourside, meeting friends or working in the building.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Galleries: Tues-Sun 12.00-17.00
Café: Mon-Fri 8.30-17.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-17.00

Admission charges

Free entry to gallery; some events ticketed

Additional info

Spike Island seeks to be fully accessible. There are three Blue Badge parking spaces directly outside the main entrance. The building is entirely wheelchair accessible.

We welcome guide and hearing dogs. An induction loop for events is available by advance request.

Large print texts are available upon request from reception or by contacting us by email or telephone. Baby changing facilities are available in the ground floor toilets.

Collection details

Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Michael Simpson: Solo exhibition

  • 16 January — 27 March 2016 *on now

In his largest exhibition to date, Michael Simpson shows work spanning the last 25 years alongside new works.

Simpson makes large scale paintings in an ongoing series that repeat and rework a number of key elements which relate to his interest in the infamy of religious history. His austere bench painting series (1989–2009) was made as a homage to the Neapolitan renegade philosopher Giordano Bruno, burnt at the stake by the inquisition in Rome’s Campo dei Fiori in 1600.

The bench itself serves as a fixed coherent form within the paintings, the structure through which Simpson explores the pure language of painting — form, colour composition — through imagery without figures, yet implying a profound human presence.



Spike Island
133 Cumberland Road
City of Bristol






0117 929 2266


0117 929 2066

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