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Olivia Jones

Olivia Jones is a visual artist based at Spike Island Studios in Bristol. Working predominantly between sculptural and drawn processes she creates works that explore the behavioural characteristics and structural potential of materials, objects and phenomena within landscapes. As reference Jones draws inspiration from ideas and excerpts within earth history, science fiction, anthropology and etymology. Geology and geological visual language are influential in her work, fuelling an interest in material memory and material journeys that focus on concepts of temporality and deep time, progression and entropy.

Jones grew up in London before moving to Cornwall where she studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Falmouth University (2013). Since graduating Jones has been living and working in Bristol and has shown her work in galleries across the UK and internationally. Jones currently works as Technical Assistant at Spike Island Gallery.

Olivia Jones




Film Works


Fine Art BA, Falmouth University (2010-13)

Art and Design Foundation, Wimbledon College of Art (2008-09)

Tephra: Order in the Dust, Earth Gallery, University of Bristol (2019-20)

Tephra: Order in the Dust, Test Space, Bristol (2018)

something orange…, Test Space, Online (2020)

Of the earth, Film Projection, Spike Island Open Studios, Bristol (2018)

Brixton, Royal Institute of British Architects, London (2016)

Set in Stone, Tobacco Factory, Bristol (2016)

Contemporary British Drawing, XAFA – Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, China (2015)

You Move Me, Antlers Gallery, Create Centre, Bristol (2015)

Unit 10 Summer Residency, Unit 10, Bristol (2014)

A Given Structure: Fringe Arts Bath, 34 Stall Street, Bath (2014)

Connecting…, Platform 14, Engine Shed, Bristol (2014)

New Beginnings, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives (2014)

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013, Jerwood Space, London and UK Touring (2013-14)

Now Falmouth, Shoreditch Town Hall Basement, London (2013)

Falmouth Fine Art London, Graduate Showcase, The Dye House, London (2013)

The Near and the Elsewhere, The Parlour Showrooms, Bristol (2013)

a-n Artist Bursary 2020, Development of project Of the earth (2020)

EarthArt, Resident Artist, University of Bristol School of Earth Sciences (2018-19)

Ashlantic, Resident Artist, Fur Island, Denmark (2017)

Unit 10 Summer Residency, Bristol

Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2013)

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Degree Show Award (2013)

East Bristol Contemporary Night School Term V, Workshop leader, Arnolfini, Bristol (2019)

Pinch Pot Workshop, Workshop leader, Spike Island Studios, Bristol (2019)

Materials Discussion, University of Bristol, Bristol (2019)

EBC & Bristol University Students Union, Workshop leader, Bristol (2018)

I am Making Art, Workshop leader, Spike Island, Bristol (2018)

I am Making Art, Workshop leader, Spike Island, Bristol (2015)

Jerwood Drawing Prize: The Big Draw, Workshop leader, Jerwood Space, London (2013)

Yellowfields, Overburden