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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.


Earlier Event: May 26
RISOTTO - cookery demo & dinner
Later Event: July 24
A Midsummer Night's Dream