133 Cumberland Road
City of Bristol
0117 929 2266
0117 929 2066
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.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective
Galleries: Tues-Sun 11.00-17.00
Café: Mon-Fri 8.30-17.00, Sat-Sun 11.00-17.00
Free entry to gallery; some events ticketed
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.
Artist James Richards’ work often incorporates films by other artists and footage taken from digital and analogue media sources such as found VHS tapes, moving image archives and the Internet. His practice is not merely concerned with the act of sampling, but with reanimation and recontextualisation.
Here Richards curates a group exhibition that reflects on theme of memory, language and representation, including works by Cerith Wyn Evans, Christodoulos Panayiotou and Stuart Marshall, amongst others.
The project is produced by Picture This and presented in partnership with Spike Island.
Melissa Gordon Material Evidence
Spike Island presents the first solo exhibition in a public British institution by this American-born, London-based artist.
Gordon's work as a painter and printmaker follows the cyclical relationship between surface and reproduction, representation and abstraction, seeing and reading. Her focus is on the by-products of history, of medium and of making
these include the grid structure of Modernist painting, the dot matrix of the silk screen and details from her own painting studio.