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 Beutler: Pump House

  • 16 April — 19 June 2016 *on now

For his first solo exhibition in a public art gallery in the UK, German artist Michael Beutler presents an ambitious large-scale site-specific commission in two chapters. The first chapter responds to Spike Island’s current use as a gallery and artists’ studio complex, and to its historic use as a tea packing factory.

Beutler works in situ and always uses industrial materials, which he repurposes and reinterprets in modular makeshift constructions with the help of hand-built tools (or ‘proto-machines‘, as the art critic Gregory Williams once called them). These tools are often shown alongside his installations as an integral part of the work.

Beutler’s concern is with the process of production, and constitutes a subversion of industrial and serial manufacturing processes. Typically the artist involves a great number of ‘human’ collaborators and the social structure of the team they form acts as a catalyst for the development of the exhibition as a whole.



Artspace’s 40th Anniversary

  • 30 April — 19 June 2016 *on now

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Artspace Bristol Ltd. (or Artspace), which later became Spike Island. Artspace was founded in the mid-1970s by a group of painters, sculptors and printmakers who sought out and administered affordable studio spaces for artists in Bristol.

For this display, photographs, letters and posters from the Artspace archive (now housed at the Bristol Record Office) are presented alongside a new film produced to celebrate this pioneering artists’ collective.



Stuart Whipps: Solo exhibition

  • 9 July — 18 September 2016

British artist Stuart Whipps presents a new film alongside connected objects, drawings and photographs.

The consideration of photography and drawing as a reductive process lies at the heart of the exhibition, which draws out a complex web of intertwined narratives from single images, objects or motifs.



Spike Island
133 Cumberland Road
City of Bristol






0117 929 2266


0117 929 2066

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