Summer Exhibition Preview Night at Spike Island
6:00 pm18:00

Summer Exhibition Preview Night at Spike Island

Maeve BrennanThe Drift

Tessa LynchL-Shaped Room


Join us for the opening night of our summer exhibitions.

Maeve Brennan, The Drift
8 July to 17 September 2017
Spike Island presents a major new film commission, The Drift, by London and Beirut based artist Maeve Brennan. The film is produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London and Spike Island, Bristol and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore.

In The Drift, Brennan traces the shifting economies of objects in contemporary Lebanon. The film moves between three main characters: the gatekeeper of the Roman temples of Niha in the Beqaa Valley; a young mechanic from Britel, a village known for trading automobile parts; and an archaeological conservator working at the American University of Beirut.

Tessa Lynch, L-Shaped Room
8 July to 17 September 2017
Tessa Lynch works predominantly with sculpture and performance. Her work develops from the observation of her immediate surroundings and from her quest for the existence of a female flâneur, the woman who wanders aimlessly. The artist embarks on lengthy periods of active research that see her walking through the city streets in the company of chosen collaborators, often writers she interviews while walking. These wanderings around the city are later transformed into sculptural installations that recall her experience of the urban landscape.

The cafe & bar will be open for organic wines, local beers, fruity fizzy pop and delicious food. The Preview is open all.


Tortoise V Hare
May 4

Tortoise V Hare

  • Spike Island Cafe

Barry Hare, Wrington running champ. Fit, popular and, above all, fast.

Toby "Tortoise" Gollop, eater of doughnuts.
Look up 'relaxed' in the dictionary and you'll see his picture.

Two very different men. One running club, and the race to end all races.

Told entirely in rhyme and song, this promises to be an epic tale of romance, redemption and rural running rivalry that you'll never forget. 

Novel Writers: Little Deaths by Emma Flint
6:30 pm18:30

Novel Writers: Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Novel Writers: 
Little Deaths by Emma Flint
(to be held in the café)


Get your tickets HERE

It’s the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery.

The sexism at the heart of the real-world conviction of cocktail waitress Alice Crimmins for the 1965 murders of her two young children forms the basis of British author Flint’s gripping debut.

Novel Writers

Each month we invite a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Prior knowledge of the text is not essential. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books.

In partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Get your tickets HERE

Enjoy a pre-event drink and snack in the café!

7:00 pm19:00

Pasta - Demo & Dinner


The first in a series of collaborations between Spike Island Cafe and Barny Haughton of Square Food Foundation, Bristol's cookery school and community kitchen, of cooking demos followed by a three course dinner.

Our first evening will teach you pasta making with Barny taking you through the steps required to make the most glorious, silky pasta with ease.  You will then be treated to a three course dinner incorporating this pasta.


Winter Vegetable Salad with walnuts & soft goat's cheese
Fresh pappardelle with ox cheek, Barbera & thyme ragu
Wild mushroom ragu
Roast plums with grappa and biscotti.



Friday 24th February VEGAN COOKING - eating less meat made easy and delicious

Friday 24th March RISOTTO - the mysteries of this simple ingredient transformed into food of the gods unravelled before your eyes