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.
Isabelle Cornaro: Témoins oculaires
- 24 January 2014 — 29 March 2015 *on now
In her installations, plaster and elastomer casts, films, drawings and spray paintings, Isabelle Cornaro uses found objects and images imbued with emotional value or symbolic potential (hair, jewellery, measuring tools, decorative objects, coins, rugs etc.), which she subjects to different taxonomical systems and modes of display. Reproduction is a key factor in her work, which explores processes of equivalence and translation.
Cornaro presents new work that explores the extent to which representation and vision are historically and culturally biased. This exhibition is in collaboration with the South London Gallery.