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JOSS the ac t of giving or tak ing one thing in retur n for another

This document celebrates the cultural exchanges, which happened through Spike Island. Focusing mainly on the ‘Enschede exchange’ in 1994. Through this simple exchange these Artist were given a huge opportunity to further their work. The artist hands on approach and


dedication highlights the fact that any inspiring Artist can achieve and still 20 years on they are still working in creative industries.

In 1976, the artist studio project Artspace Bristol was established. By 1980 the studio had expanded and evolved. The group had begun education programmes, exhibitions, residences, international exchanges and public art projects. In 1991 a developer purchased the Artspace with the aim to demolish. The artist campaigned to secure a new permanent home with local support, letters to the council and petition containing 12,000 signatures meant they were secured with an ideal building – A former tea-packing factor y close to the original Artspace.


Spring 1998 Spike Island was launched as a public galler y giving workspace and office space to creative industries. “2007 the building was re -launched as a centre for the promotion and production of contemporary art�. Spike Island aim is to have art in the centre of society supporting artists and creating a creative community. Spike Island developed opportunities with artists to collaborate and have exchanges with other artists around the world.

Spike Island offers a professional environment for artist to explore and develop their ideas. Since the opening of Spike Island they have worked closely with artists from all around the world to create connections but more importantly allow artist to collaborate and exchange.

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Bristol is one of the most populated areas in Southwest, England, full of history and rich in culture. Bristol has developed a thriving art culture in fine and street art. Bristol is full of inspiration with period architecture, bold urban art and beautiful scenery.

Five artists from Bristol were given the chance to present their work abroad. Working with the ‘Enschede exchange’ gave them a strong foundation to their careers, Alison Denyer and Phil Toy both participated in the exchange and have continued to be successful in the creative industries.

Her work consists of conceptual approaches to mapping using aerial views of the earth’s surface to create striking aesthetics. There is strong emphasis in her drawings and paintings to create layers, giving the viewer an amalgamation of both the seen and unseen. Her work plays with the notion of scale and presents an aesthetic ambiguity similar to that seen from both macro and micro viewpoints.

PHIL TOY His fascination with beliefs, iraationality and order is apparent in his early work, and has since been sustained throughout the work he makes, working with sculpture, installation, painting, film and photography. His most current work uses layered photographs with a montage effect, taking inspiration from German Romanticism and Film Noir.


Lepzig Iceland Norway Denmark Portugal Ireland Haanover Enschede

The map illustrates previous exchanges made by spike island with countries all around Europe.

Enschede is one of the many examples of successful exchanges, which happened in Spike Island. The group of independent artists from a small town called Enschede, hand-made a profile with images of their work and details about themselves. The five JOSS artists were then given the opportunity in 1994 to present their artwork in Bristol, Kingstreet Galler y.

“Enschede has beautiful surroundings. Where the city ends, the characteristic landscape with it woods, tracts of farmland, fens and moor begin.� Enschede is a city situated in eastern Netherlands in the province of Overijssel, populating around 150,000 people. Enschede is famous for its textile industry, which flourished in the 19th century with the introduction of the steam engines, which increased production. Nowadays, the textiles history is still a huge part of Enschede appeal with a museum dedicated to it.

Enschede Br istol

After over 4 months of letters, grants and insurance details the artist form Bristol and Enschede were able to exchange. The process was strenuous however ver y worth while as it was a strong stepping-stone in their careers.

The following profiles shows the original information submitted to Spike Island. The profiles are the raw beginnings to their process of exchange.



Theun Hetterscheid was born 14th of December 1957. He studied at the Institute of the Arts, Aki, in Enschede. Hetterscheid still works and live in Enschede and on April the 10th 2011 had a small exhibition, which was very successful holding some of his more recent paintings.

JOSS ‘Greetings, Theun Hetterscheid. p.s. this is the first time in my life I am writing a message in ARTIST English.’


A few examples he sent us of his current work



Hanneke Klein Wassink was born 12th of July. She also studied at the institute of Arts, Aki, in Enschede where she specialised in drawing and painting. Wassink main influence was the surroundings and scener y around her. Even today her art work consists of detailed paintings of the landscape outside her studio.

Examples of her current work



“I’ve found valued ‘critical friends’ amongst the Associate membership... I’ve appreciated these opportunities to test out ideas and experience new work with an engaged and supportive group of artists.” An international exchange is an enriching experience on many levels. An exchange enhances your professional development, pushes your creative ideas and strengthens your multicultural understanding. Personally there are benefits you are taken out of your comfort zone and given new sources for inspiration. Working closely with new professional cliental offers a different outlook to their work and also the chance to showcase it to a wider audience. For the Enschede exchange it gave the group of artist an opportunity to research and learn in a new environment which was challenging however ver y rewarding. The exchange proved to be successful as after 20 years on they are still thriving artists.

“Spike Island is an international Centre for the development of contemporar y art and design. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, it invites audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion�.

Spike Island supports artists from around the world, creating a creative and professional environment. Working with such a diverse group of artists, writers and other creative practitioners the company offer a dynamic experience. Collaborations with other countries give Spike Island International recognition and unique opportunities.


This document predominantly celebrates a cultural exchange that took place in the year 1994. Also highlighting the benefits an exchange can...