San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Jen Conway and Jessy Young collaborate as graphic designers and lecturers. Gain insight into their work which focuses on people, environment and learning, motivated by the critical, social and political potential of design.
Behind the Scenes Studio Visits
Chat with artists based at Spike Island, explore their studios and view works-in-progress during these informal encounters. Each artist gives a brief introduction to their practice followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.
Conway and Young
Jen Conway and Jessy Young collaborate as graphic designers and lecturers. Their work focuses on people, environment and learning and is motivated by the critical, social and political potential of design.
Their work is situated within the expanded field of graphic design and is process-led and responsive to specific contexts. They often collaborate with others.
Conway and Young was established in 2006 as an itinerant and evolving studio founded on the principles of friendship and curiosity.
They are both Senior Lecturers on undergraduate and postgraduate design courses at the University of the West of England (UWE). Both have Masters degrees in Design and Art Direction, undertaken in collaboration, from Manchester School of Art.
Selected collaborators, commissioners and funders include: Brave New Alps; Cruel Design; Learning from Kilburn; The Hyde Park Picture House; Mexico; Metal; Arnolfini;, Still Walking; The Culture Company; Ace Arts; Black Dogs Collective; Rad American Women; The Feminist Archive South; Bristol Biennial; A Sustainable Place; The Tetley; Arts Council England; Leeds City Council; Bad Books; Bristol City Council; and MMU Special Collections Library.
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Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. Based in Bristol, UK, it is home to a gallery, café and working space for artists, designers and creative businesses. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, we offer opportunities for audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.
Our vision is to position art as central to society, which we do in two ways: by offering a high quality, challenging programme of exhibitions and events; and by fostering a dynamic and critically engaged community of artists and designers. Spike Island collaborates with local and regional partners as well as with international institutions, museums and universities.