UWE-Spike Island Associates Bursaries 2019/20

UWE Spike Associates Membership Bursary

As a recent graduate of an arts undergraduate a creative degree at UWE Bristol, you have the opportunity to apply for the Spike Island Associates Membership Bursary.

Spike Island Associates is a network of artists, curators, designers, writers and thinkers who are keen to collaborate and experiment with all forms of art. Members are active contributors to a diverse network, and supporting one another with ambitious projects, working individually or together to develop their own creative practice.



The standard Spike Island Associates membership fee is normally £12 per month. UWE Bristol are offering to pay membership fees to the Spike Island Associates network for 16 months (a value of £192) for ten UWE Bristol graduates.



As a member, you are encouraged to develop your own creative work and professional skills through practical workshops. A year-round programme of events, opportunities and projects are offered exclusively to members, including crit sessions and visiting artists from around the world. Spike Island Associates membership includes the following:

  • Free admission to most of Spike Island’s talks and events
  • 24-hour access to shared working space, featuring: IT facilities such as wireless internet, scanning, printing and computers with Adobe Suite, graphics and video editing software; a reference library including artists’ monographics, critical theory texts and art periodicals; and an active noticeboard for local, regional and national exhibitions, events and opportunities
  • Regular events, workshops, peer crits and studio visits with visiting artists • Occasional group trips, with subsidised travel when possible


Applicants should be graduating from a UWE Bristol undergraduate programme in 2019.

The panel (comprising up to two members of staff from UWE Bristol and one member of staff from Spike Island) will select successful applicants using the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of a commitment to the field of contemporary art, curating, writing and/or design.
  • A clear understanding of how membership will enhance their professional practice.
  • Clear articulation of a commitment to the city and/ or region.
  • The achievements of the applicant to date.
  • The future creative potential of the applicant.

Successful applicants are expected to:

  • Complete a written evaluation when their membership ends comparing their progress against the original objectives outlined in their application form, as well as providing feedback to enable effective evaluation of the scheme.


Please download and complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form, and submit these here by Sunday 29 September 2019.


UWE Spike Associates Membership Bursary