Spike Island Open 2015

Issue date: 28 April 2015


Students on the BA and MA Fine Arts and MA Curatorial Courses at UWE Bristol will be showing work and welcoming visitors as part of the Spike Island Open Studios weekend: Friday 1 May 2015, 17.00 – 21.00, Saturday 2 – Monday 4 May 2015, 11.00 – 17.00. Entrance is free. www.spikeisland.org.uk

The hugely popular annual Open Studios weekend invites visitors to explore behind the scenes of this former Brooke Bond tea packing factory, now a centre for art and design. Spike Island, besides running a distinguished programme of contemporary art exhibitions, is a vibrant hub of creativity for Bristol and the South West. Home to over 70 artists' studios, a print studio, UWE Bristol fine art course and many other creative practitioners including designers, film-makers, animators and photographers, Spike Island is a key contributor to Bristol's thriving cultural life.

Artists throw open their studio doors for visitors to explore their working environment, to learn what they do, why and how. Cally Spooner's new exhibition Post-production is open in the main gallery, while performances, presentations, installations, interventions and film-screenings take place around the rest of the building. Spike Print Studio, Spike Associates and Spike Design host events, activities and introductory tours, with food and drink served by guest-caterers and Spike Island's own popular café.

Programme highlights for this year's Open include the launch of Spike Island's Film Open 2015, a screening programme of new moving image work selected by Steven Cairns, ICA Associate Curator of Artists' Film and Moving Image. Artist Marko Ray Wilkinson delivers a performative and participatory installation, The Untitled Spectacle, investigating the complex and partially invisible nature of digital networks. Artist and writer Holly Corfield Carr creates a site-specific writing commission to be experienced on board the Bristol Ferries Matilda, and artist Ben Owen presents The Goldfinch, a film event exploring ageing, politics and landscape with musicians performing beneath a series of short films and disco lights.

Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. It is a place where artists and the public can meet, enabling audiences to engage with artists' research and production. It also creates pathways for artists and other creative producers by nurturing a rich arts ecology that supports professional development beyond the confines of the organisation.

Around 250 students of the UWE Bristol (University of the West of England) BA and MA Fine Arts and MA curatorial courses work from studios in a 10,000 sq. ft. unit within Spike Island.

Spike Island's Film Open 2015 screening programme begins on Friday 1 May, 5pm, and further screenings take place on Saturday 2–Monday 4 May 2015, 3pm.

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