SPS/UWE Scholarship

The SPS UWE Scholarship was initiative set up by Spike Print Studio and UWE, Bristol. Working in partnership, the two organisations are creating opportunities for UWE, Bristol students and Spike Print Studio members.

Each organisation offers 5 scholarships specifically designed to enhance and further artistic professional practice. All scholarships will be awarded through a competitive application process. The selection panel will include representation from UWE Bristol and Spike Print Studio.

SPS runs an innovative and exciting learning programme, designed to suit all ranges of skills from beginners to professionals which includes 5 one year courses taught at first year degree level.

We seek progressive educational collaborations with outside organisations. We are continuously looking for ways to make art work for young people who have limited access to the arts. We are working with Young Carers in Bristol to provide them with summer respite by delivering free workshops and from September 2017 we will run

a monthly free session for displaced people providing them with an opportunity to work creatively in an active and engaged studio. SPS works with young people through Show Me How, a collaborative partnership with UWE, Aardman Animations, Rising Arts Agency, local schools and community groups to create an innovative community printmaking education project for young people (16-25) who have

limited access to the arts. It connects and engages with young people across Bristol through collaborative partnerships At the core of the collaborative partnerships is the assertion that involvement in the arts will make a transformative difference to young people’s lives.

Poster for first group of Scholars’ exhibition July 2018.


Browse our community projects

  • Member Technician Scheme

    An excellent opportunity for our members who, in return for 3 hours work supporting the Technical Manager, receive keyholder membership, training, materials credit and a learning programme credit.

  • Home Print Project/Mobile Print Project

    A community project supported by Quartet Community Foundation with the purpose of continuing its refugee and asylum seeker and young people's programmes whilst the studio is closed during lockdown, providing printing packs to use in the home or in community settings and a series of demonstration videos.

  • Partners in Print

    Joint project between SPS and UWE to grow community engagement by creating sustainable opportunities for learning, exhibiting, editioning and professional development for young people who would not otherwise have access to such opportunities.

  • UWE Member Technician

    We have created this opportunity for professional development practice for an MA MDP student. 

  • Young Person Technician Scheme

    Our first young person technician joined us October for 2 months work experience and enjoyed it so much we offered him a role for 10 months.

  • This Place

    Spike Print Studio offers free monthly workshops to asylum seekers and refugees from Borderlands.

  • SPS/UWE Scholarship

    Working in partnership, SPS and UWE, Bristol are creating opportunities for UWE, Bristol students and Spike Print Studio members.

  • Artist donated prints

    A number of artists have been kind enough to donate work to help us fundraise for equipment