VOLts – Echoes of Exclusion

Exhibition: 1 – 16 September

Preview Friday 31 August  6-8pm


An exhibition by the Spike Island Volunteers

The VOLts (VOLunteers Test Space) group of artists came together for the first time to dissect the philosophical and poetic nature of the Spike Island Test Space.

From the miasma of their many conversations these notions and phrases appeared to float to the surface of their collective consciousness.


Passing, transience, fugitive, unobtainable presence, entropic, perpetual sameness, encoded, surveyed, discontinuous. uncanny, devoid, void, a path in search of a path, non emplacement, non-place, non-content


These linguistic devices were used as starting points and catalysts to inspire this varied group of artists in their works across many types of media

The VOLts artists and their backgrounds:

Shirley Alderton is currently studying Fine Art as an undergraduate at Bath Spa University.

Caroline Blake is a Spike Volunteer and works in textiles.

Aloys Feeney is an artist, thinker and curator, based in Bristol. With interests in Science, Philosophy, Politics and Contemporary Visual Arts. After graduating from Norwich University of the Arts with a BA in Illustration; Aloys works as a Weekend Supervisor at Spike Island and a Programme Co-ordinator at The Edge, University of Bath.

James Norman, The Curator of the VOLts show, studied Fine Art at UWE and has a studio at BV studios in Bedminster Bristol.

Annie O’Connor is a practicing artist currently living in Bristol,  Annie works with mixed media presently working with paper in an abstract expressionist form and is part of a women’s paper collective , she draws from emotion and will often use text to contribute to her artwork and her storytelling.

Sarah Ramsey works primarily with video in an attempt to capture moments and experience from varied perspectives. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University and is currently based in Frome, Somerset where she lives and works.’

Cat Smith is a Fine artist based in Bristol working in paint and other media.

Beckie Upton is an Artist-Designer-Maker, based in Bristol.  Inspiration stems from a fascination with the ‘natural’ vs human world and how they coexist; eggs, cocoons, nests, life-cycles etc… . An interdisciplinary artist working with variety of methods and materials, present focus is on making with clay.