Marjolijn Dijkman, “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum,” 2011. Exhibition view at Spike Island, Bristol. Photo: Stuart Whipps
Spike Island is an international center for the presentation and production of contemporary art and design. It is unique as a place where artists and the public can meet, as well as for the way in which it creates pathways for artists and nurtures a visual arts ecology that can branch outward.
The support and development of art and artists and the audience’s encounters with them, underlies everything Spike Island does. To this end, it seeks to develop fruitful synergies across the building, housing seventy low-cost artist studios and fifty desks for new design startups. Spike Island is also home to Fine Art BA students from the University of the West of England, as well as a range of creative businesses, including fine art fabrication, illustration, graphic and web design, print, film and video production, CGI , typography, advertising, and animation.
Spike Island’s building, with its busy café, is a thriving and productive hub—open twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, with approximately 200 people working on the premises and an additional 300 studying there.