After a year of chopping and changing on the Spike Island sublet merry-go-round, I finally have a permanent space. I am very pleased to be in studio 26, sharing with artists Rich Broomhall and Helen Grant.
Every studio and every work place, has its own internal politics and Spike is of course no exception – I’ve been the funding rep here more or less since I first started subletting and have been made aware of both the longstanding and newer issues. Despite this, Spike Island is the only place I want to be as long I’m a practicing artist in Bristol. The facilities and workshops are amazing. Spike Associates and the associates space (where I run the Art & Politics Reading Group as part of the programme) are conveniently located in the building. There’s a gallery and a cafe. But the best part is the sense of community amongst the artists and the wealth of knowledge and skills that the community possess; I know that when I don’t know how to do something, somebody here definitely does, and they’ll be prepared to help out or exchange services.