Spike Island

Volunteers' Week at Spike island

Volunteers' Week is a national celebration of the 21 million people who volunteer at least once a year across the UK.

Here at Spike Island we are supported by a fantastic team of volunteers who each make a significant contribution to the work we do. This week we are celebrating their achievements  keep an eye on our social media channels!

Here are just a few of their recent achievements:

Nick Greenglass was shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016
Harriet Bullough is now running freelance workshops for children at the Museum of East Asia Art, Bath
Flavia Terzian is invited to develop her artwork based around a ‘geometric playground’ for The Station, Bristol
Frank Street is making a photo documentary on Michael Beutler's exhibition Pump House, which will soon be available as an e-book
Leah Collier completed her BA in Fashion Business at London College of Fashion
– Costanza Tagliafferi completed a six-month marketing placement at Spike Island, and published her first written article on Roll the Dice
– Five of our regular volunteers; Georgia Hall, Michael Tew, Adrianna Carvalho, Hannah Dean and Maria Jose Carvallo joined our staff team as Weekend Supervisors

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We also asked our volunteers  past and present  to share their highlights and stories of volunteering at Spike Island.

What did you gain?

'It was great, as a University of Bristol student, to escape the traditional student bubble, and be involved in a community.'

'It has helped me to gain experience elsewhere within the arts industry.'

How far has volunteering met your expectations?

'The freedom to set up our own events and have our say in what would be good fo the volunteers here is also really impressive'

'I've managed to get a placement and a job at the cafe because I was in the volunteering community so I can safely say it has met my expectations'

'I feel Spike Island is extremely accommodating and encouraging of young people wanting to engage with the creative sector.'

How would you describe your experience?

'Great. Everyone is very friendly and there are lots of other events and opportunities to get involved with.'

'Refreshing, inspiring. enjoyed every contact made.'

What have you learned?

'I've learned to be even more sociable and to really think about how to apply my creative ideas and art into something physical.'

'That the art world is full of normal people and not always pretentious!'

'The details and different jobs needed in making a gallery work'

Find out more about volunteering at Spike Island