In 2008, six international artists produced a unique set of limited edition prints for Spike Print Studio, known as The Arnolfini Portfolio. The Project was made possible through a grant from the Arnolfini Collections Trust, initiated by former Arnolfini Director and founder, Jeremy Rees. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery have received one of each print for their collection, as part of the conditions of the Award.
The artists and artist collaborations involved are John Wood and Paul Harrison, James Ireland, Mariele Neudecker, Andrew Mania, Daphne Wright and Ged Quinn. The underlying theme is that the artists all have a strong association with Bristol but are also of international stature. All of them were introduced to SPS by Lucy Byatt, Director of Spike Island back in 2005. All the artists are well known in different ways in the contemporary art world and are all represented by galleries. Bristol is rapidly becoming a centre for contemporary art with many artists based in the city and in the region. The Arnolfini Porfolio was the first stage in a long-term process for Spike Print Studio which has the capacity and the experience to publish high quality and innovative contemporary prints. This highly collectible collection of prints were all made at Spike Print Studio. Smithson has a strong relationship with Spike Print Studio and is very proud to offer these special prints for sale through the gallery.
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