Exhibition: Alone Together – A Spectrum from Isolation to Solitude by SPIKED

Centrespace Gallery, 6 Leonard Ln, Bristol BS1 1EA

Open daily, 11- 6pm. Friday 23rd September – Wednesday 28th September

Opening party: Friday 23rd 6-9pm

This exhibition is supported by Spike Print Studio.

By SPIKED: Jess Bugler RCA, Leonie Bradley, Prerna Chandiramani



Responding to the shared yet unique experience of lockdown, the installation Alone Together is a body of prints hung from a line that represents aloneness as a spectrum from isolation to solitude. Loneliness is a painful feeling that something is missing. Aloneness however has a breadth of connotations from the joy of solitude pioneered by The Picturesque Movement to isolation, an enforced state.

Each artist responds to the full range of emotions on this spectrum. The responses are interwoven but individual: Bugler using the theme of wooded enclosures; Bradley, the symbolism of keys; and, Chandiramani, language and folding. The installation forms a curved line with the artworks creating an enclosure that can be entered and viewed from inside or outside. The solitude end of the spectrum is wide and inviting, the isolation end of the spectrum tightly wound and claustrophobic. Translucent materials evoke the fragility of individual experience, whilst allowing the viewer to see through the multiple layers as a reminder of the commonality we share. An interactive display will invite the audience to reflect on their response to the spectrum of aloneness.

SPIKED is an artists’ collective creating installations exploring themes of communication and memory. We have all previously been awarded the one-year Peter Reddick Bursary for Innovation in Relief Printmaking at Spike Print Studio.

left to right: Prerna Chandiramani; Leonie Bradley; Jess Bugler