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!
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.
Watercolour Workshop - An experimental and playful day of painting at the Eco House
Explore the beautiful, vibrant and luminous qualities of watercolour in a supportive and gentle teaching environment with local artist Emma Burleigh. We'll be inspired by the fabulous setting of the eco house and we will glean inspiration from nature, other artists and the wells of our own imaginations. Enjoy playing with this exquisite medium and learn new skills and tips. No experience or evident talent for watercolour is required! £35 for the day (£30 concessions). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book or pop into the shop
This July, to tie in with the Bristol Harbourside Festival, Room 212 will have a boat and seaside theme entitled 'Fish and Ships'. Laura Robertson a prominent artist at Room 212 came up with the title. Having been commissioned to illustrate the book “The Teaching Of Blackbeard” by Jeremy Birch, Laura was inspired to start producing more maritime pictures. She already had a fascination with Mermaids which feature in several of her popular pictures, most notably with the SS Great Britain. This time she has expanded into whales, fish, lobsters (on the head of course) and the Matthew featuring a Frida Kahlo style Mermaid. The exhibition was first shown in Blaze Studios on Colston St and now will feature in Room 212.
Other art work will include original paintings by Anna Duckworth. Anna has a passion for the sea and is a keen sailor. This is reflected in her high contrast and dynamic scenes of racing yachts, breaking away from convention to capture the buzz of the action and the attention of world class sailors.
Jenny Urquhart is well known for her bright and funky scenes of Bristol, including the Harbour. She also has a range of images from her trips to the popular seaside destinations of Devon and Cornwall, including St Ives and the surfers at Croyde.
Many other artists will contribute sea related work such as Rosie Webb's contemporary watercolours of crabs and lobsters and Lina Loftstrands quirky sea creatures. And there will be plenty of fish in every medium from jewellery to orignal prints and cards
You may like to tune into Springwatch this Thursday at 8pm - hopefully you'll see me and our lovely Glos Rd planters!
'Visit the new 212 Eco House - behind Room 212 down Bishop Lane. This is a chance to meet the designers, builders from Red Kite Build and owner, Sarah Thorp, to learn about sustainable building techniques, upcycling, living roofs, pollinator friendly gardening and forthcoming plans. Win a free stay by signing up Click Here
There is an Open House on June 16th from 3 - 7pm plus a Weave a Wicker Fox Workshop in the garden on June 11th. Cost £38 for the day. Free drop in anytime 3 til 7pm
Free colouring group led by Val Hall at Boston Tea Party. Wednesdays 3 - 5pm. All ages welcome. Materials provided plus free cake!'
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.