Spike Island

Test SpaceFor a Fellow


19 January to 3 February 2019, 12–5pm


Free entry

Please ask at reception for access.

Event type

Test Space

Preview: Friday 18 January 2019,  6–9pm

Artists Unn Devik and Shannon Watson wrap up their 3-month residency as Spike Island’s Graduate Fellows with a collaborative exhibition. During their time in residence, Devik and Watson have explored the idea of shared space and of the fellow – as in a comrade or associate – and this collaborative exhibition sees them delve further into these ideas, through paint, performance and participatory practice.

Test Space is programmed by studio holders based at Spike Island and offers artists a chance to exhibit new works and test ideas. Artists from within the Spike Island community and beyond are included.

Related Events

Performance: Sounds of Life
Friday 18 January, 7.30pm (Free, no need to book)
A session of experimental sound by the artists Zac Pomphrey and Auguste Oldham who make up ‘Sounds of Life’, taking place during the opening night of For a Fellow exhibition in Test Space.

Screening: My Beautiful Launderette (1985)
Thursday 24 January, 7pm (Free, no need to book)
Set in mid 1980’s London and directed by Stephen Frears, My Beautiful Laundrette follows two old friends as a romance unfolds between them as they take on the daily running of a laundrette. 

Workshop: The Great Wash
Saturday 26 January, 1-3pm (Free, no need to book)
A workshop exploring the history of washing clothes as a communal, social act.

Unn Devik

Unn Devik graduated from Falmouth University in 2018. Her main practice is painting, through which she explores stories, experimenting with process, materiality, figuration and abstraction.

In both narrative and the visual I am searching for the melting point between present, past and future – places where the imagination stands still, like a rusty tractor on a meadow – reclaimed by nature. I am looking for places where the day of a hundred years ago might be today or a day in a hundred years.’ – Unn Devik

Shannon Watson

Shannon Watson graduated from Plymouth College of Art in 2018. Through her socially engaged practice, Watson aims to generate awareness for sociocultural histories attached to contemporary environments. She often conducts local research, interacting with people that have personal connections with particular locations or themes, often leading to collaboratively constructed installations and live public events.