Spike Island

Spike Island remains in Arts Council England’s National Portfolio 2018-2022

Spike Island is delighted to announce that it will continue to be supported as part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for the years 2018-2022.

This enables Spike Island to support a dynamic cultural and artistic community in Bristol and to provide a programme of challenging contemporary art including exhibitions, events, participatory workshops and activities for young people.

Spike Island’s director Helen Legg said ‘We could not be more pleased that the work we do will now continue to grow and develop over the coming four years. Spike Island is a new model for the visual arts, one that starts by creating the conditions within which artists, writers, designers and those working in related fields can thrive, and devising meaningful ways for the wider public to encounter this. At a time of national soul searching, it’s clear that we need art and artists more than ever. This announcement from Arts Council England enables their work and we’re extremely grateful.’

The award also secures funding for Visual Arts South West (VASW) over the same period. VASW provides a platform to promote and support the work of the region's visual arts ecology and is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network which is dedicated to developing a stronger visual arts for the benefit of artists, arts organisations and audiences, present and future.

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For more information on the announcement and a full list of Arts Council England’s NPO organisations for 2018–2022, visit: www.artscouncil.org.uk/NPO

Recent Spike Island highlights include:

  • Artist Lubaina Himid is nominated for the 2017 Turner Prize following her solo exhibitions at Spike Island and Modern Art Oxford and her participation in the group exhibition The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary, supported by an Arts Council England strategic touring fund.
  • 41% of people visit Spike Island more than once (on average 3 times a year) and 46% are first time visitors, and in 2016-17 we welcomed 150,000 visitors to our building.
  • We are working with Wysing Art Centre, Eastside Projects (Birmingham), S1 Artspace (Sheffield), New Contemporaries (National), Iniva (London) and Studio Voltaire (London) on the Syllabus; a peer-led alternative learning programme that supports ten artists every year through a series of intensive sessions led by each of the partners.
  • The Network for Creative Enterprise sees Spike Island working with The Guild (Coworking Bath), Knowle West Media Centre, UWE Bristol and Watershed to support creatives across the West of England to make a sustainable living from their ideas.
  • Spike Film and Video produce Patrick Staff’s new film Weed Killer, commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, which premiered in Staff’s first US solo exhibition at MOCA in 2017.