Themes, Exhibitions & Featured Artists
Room 212 is a shop and gallery selling art and craft by local artists including the owner, Sarah Thorp. Based on the popular Gloucester Road, Bristol, Room 212 is at the hub of the North Bristol Art Trail (held during the last weekend of November) and Glos Rd Central, a group of independently owned local shops and galleries. Regular themes tie in with the seasons or Bristol events and inspire artists to produce new work. Our themes are inspired by the time of year, events happening in and around Bristol or by the artists' work. Selected artists are invited to feature in the exhibition area.
We are offering an Alternative Halloween theme this year from October 24th - 31st. Local photographer Barry Cawston visited Banksy's Dismaland 15 times last year. His collection of photographs from this iconic 'Art Exhibition Housed Inside a Dystopian Theme Park' have been made into a book entitled 'Are We There Yet'.
Room 212 will have copies of the book, hot off the press, and will showcase some of the Cawston's photos in the window display.
For a more colourful take on this seasonal theme we will have another popular Day of the Dead display. Featuring original paintings of Frida Kahlo by Laura Robertson, an usually painted cow skeleton butterdish by Dixon Does Doodles, skull and flower fascinators by Magpie Chique and other delights
Find out about how you can submit your artwork for the Gloucester Road Art Banners here:
The North Bristol Art Trail takes place . Many North Bristol Artists, including Jenny Urquhart, Laura Robertson, Rosie Webb, Anna Duckworth, Maita Robinson, Mary Collett and Christina Howes show their work in Room 212 so pop in for a taste of what's in store on the trail. Room 212 owner Sarah Thorp will be opening up her 212 Eco House as a venue on the trail. Come and see the house & garden and learn about all the exicting projects, Sarah has lined up for Room 212 and the Gloucester Road, along with a sample of her artwork. She has invited jewellery maker Katie Johnston to join her at the Eco House.
See us and our lovely planters on BBC2 Springwatch! Click here to view clip
Room 212 owner Sarah Thorp was delighted to welcome BBC Springwatch presenter Nick Baker and TV crew to her shop this May. They were filming the installation of planters full of pollinator friendly plants and flowers on Gloucester Road by Avon Wildlife Trust. Sarah had instigated the project by first planting up an old enamel bath outside Room 212 and encouraging other traders to grow plants outside their shops . She then invited Avon Wildlife Trust to oversee the planters and applied for funding from the BCR Neighbourhood Partnership. There are now over 30 planters on the pavements if Glos Rd Central which brighten up the lives of bees and shoppers alike.Springwatch will be aired every day from May 30th so look out for the episode on Gloucester Road!
BristolLife gallery feature (Latest issue link). Owner Sarah Thorp tells of her current fav work by Clare Phillips (www.clarephillips.com) Room 212 stocks her magnets, coasters, mugs, tea towels and bookmarks as well as prints.
Colouring Books for adults and kids alike!
Be inspired & get creative with our colouring books. We have 2 fantastic books by popular Bristol artists Kelly Blake and Jenny Urquhart both based on print designs sold in our gallery. Kelly's book has already proved a huge hit with nationwide Colouring Groups including Bristol groups organised by our artist Valerie Hall (link). Jenny's book is being created especially for us and will be available from March 1st. It will include full colour pictures of Bristol (with her trademark balloons) along with the outlines to colour in yourself. It will be perfect for adults and kids alike.
Read Bristol Post article Click Here
We have a range of Gloucester Road and Bristol mugs made specially for us by PRSC pottery in Stokes Croft. Printed onto fine bone china every mug is hand created and different!
Room 212 is owned and run by Sarah Thorp
A practicing textile artist, who aims to bring affordable art to customers while helping artists to make a reasonable living from their work.
A wide selection of Bristol based artists
Browse our Artists Gallery or select a category through the drop down menu above. A wide selection of Bristol based artists.