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SPIKE ISLAND

133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX
0117 929 2266

www.spikeisland.org.uk
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Tues-Sun 12-5 During Exhibitions

Bristol Temple Meads / Bus 506 to Cumberland Road

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LUBAINA HIMID : NAVIGATION CHARTS
Jan 20 - Mar 26, 2017
Lubaina Himid was a pioneer of the Black Arts Movement in Britain in the 1980s, which offered a forum for black artists exploring the social and political issues surrounding black history and identity.
 
Spike Island’s exhibition — a collaboration with Modern Art Oxford and Nottingham Contemporary — focuses on migration, labour and creativity, longstanding concerns for Himid. Anchored by Naming the Money (2004), a spectacular installation of 100 life-size, painted figures that has been shown only once before in its entirety, the presentation brings into dialogue major works from the past 25 years, honing in on Himid’s theatrical use of cut-outs, colour and pattern.

IMAN ISSA : MATERIAL FOR 2018
Feb 17 - Apr 15, 2018
The work of Iman Issa explores the relationship between history, memory, language and objects. Working across sculpture, text, video, photography and sound, Issa questions the possibility of addressing the collective through individual experience. She is interested in how forms can carry personal and political significance, often making reference to places, figures or events that have a personal resonance.
 
For her exhibition at Spike Island, Issa presents Material (2010–12) a series of ‘displays’ that question the function of public sculpture and monuments. The series makes reference to existing public monuments which she strips back to their essential elements and reimagines into other forms, triggering a chain of associations that go beyond the original object and its meanings.
 
The exhibition is a collaboration with Bielefelder Kunstverien, Germany.

ALEX CECCHETTI : AT THE GATES OF THE MUSIC PALACE
May 5 - Jul 8, 2018
Private view Fri May 4 6pm - 9pm
Alex Cecchetti’s first UK solo exhibition brings together performance, drawing, painting, sculpture and sound installation, turning Spike Island’s gallery space into a three-dimensional concert. Visitors are invited to contribute to the musical score as they make their way through an unexpected sensory pathway.

Click to enlargeZOň PAUL : LA PERMA-PERLA KRAAL EMPOR
May 5 - Jul 8, 2018
Private view Fri May 4 6pm - 9pm
ZoŽ Paul works primarily with sculpture, textile and drawing to explore the character of domestic spaces, both in architectural and social terms, and in particular, the point where the threshold between the interior and the exterior seems to disappear. Paul’s exhibition at Spike Island evolves around La Perma-Perla Kraal Emporium, a collaborative work that invites visitors to sit around a long table and make clay beads, thereby becoming the work at the same time as creating it.

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