Spike Island

Test SpaceRUNG


6 to 21 October 2018


Free entry

Event type

Test Space

Preview: Friday 5 October, 6–9pm

An exhibition featuring artists from RUNG (issue 1).

RUNG is a grassroots project which aims to support emerging artists through providing an alternative 'gallery' space via print and online. RUNG (issue 1) is a tabloid style newsprint publication with an accompanying website, both of which launched in June 2018.

Over 40 artists were included in the first issue, and its curators Frances Kelly and Isobel Emberson have selected five for this Test Space exhibition: Dinosaur Kilby, Karl Russell Vickers, Harrie Fuller, Kane Cottrell and Buoys Buoys Buoys (AKA John Jones). The works range from collage, performance, sculpture to digital animation.

'Think of RUNG as The Royal Variety Performances meets the RA Summer Show, but instead of circus performers and Grayson Perry expect vampires, digital sculpture, no one famous (yet) and carnivalesque poetic performance'. 


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.

Please ask at reception for access.