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 12.00-17.00
Café: Mon-Fri 8.30-17.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-17.00
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.
- 12 December 2013 From 6pm
Charlie Fox writes about contemporary art, film and literature for many publications. For the December session Charlie presents Donald Barthelme's short story The Death of Edward Lear (1979) in which the demise of the famous nonsense poet and landscape painter is imagined as a spectacle for a selected audience, in which he sings, laments and recites a disquisition on cats before dying at a prearranged time. Monstrously sad and unspeakably strange, the story contains many of Fox's critical preoccupations - conceptual art, ghosts, fame - all played out through the looking-glass of fiction
Behind the Scenes Studio Visits - Sam Cotterell and Luke Jerram
- 14 December 2013 From 2pm
Beyond the public spaces of the gallery and café, Spike Island is also home to over 70 artists working in all styles and media. These informal sessions, led by a member of the Spike Island team, offer visitors the opportunity to meet two artists for an introduction to their practice and to see works-in-progress