Spike Island

Test SpacePolly KelsallBuilding an Ecosystem from Scratch


23 June to 8 July 2018, 12–5pm


Free entry

Please ask at reception for access.

Open Tuesday to Sunday.

Event type

Test Space

Preview: Friday 22 June, 6–8pm

Building an Ecosystem from Scratch is an exhibition exploring what an ecosystem can be: an interconnected system of ideas, materials, images and objects. It is a continuation of Polly Kelsall's evolving process where she combines and adapts existing works with new objects, materials and images to create new associations. 

Geology meets DIY materials, found objects intermingle with handmade creations, natural materials merge with modern day detritus. Combining these materials and processes results in an abundance of individual objects, each leading into further objects to create a new community or ecosystem that is flexible, adaptive and fragile. 

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.

Polly Kelsall

Polly Kelsall is a Bristol-based artist whose work combines images, materials and objects which are continually adapting and evolving to create new narratives. Her ideas, thoughts and concerns explore the possible tensions and balances between human activities and natural processes, permanence and the temporary, and the relationship between the built and natural environment.  Kelsall graduated with BA Fine Art from University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol (2011). Exhibitions include Material/Control at The Control Room, Bristol (2015) and a commissioned artwork Subterranean presented as part of the Art in Bearpit project, Bristol (2015).