We host Exhibitions, Art Trails & Community Events

We manage Events, Exhibitions and Workshops at Room 212. Our lovely garden down the lane behind Room 212 is the perfect setting for a range of creative activities and social gatherings. Let us know if you’d like to hire the garden for your own event.


We are a venue North Bristol Art Trail  and take part in fundraisers, festivals and events with our neighbouring traders and community groups, such as Glos Rd Central and Window Wanderland




Glos Rd Central Christmas Street Party 7th Dec 5.30-8pm

The Gloucester Road Central Christmas Late Opening Party is on Thursday 7th December (5.30 til 8pm). This is when the festive season really kicks off. Its a great chance to meet up with friends, neighbours and family and browse the lovely things our shops have got in store for Christmas. All our art shops and... View Article

North Bristol Art Trail 2023

Once again we will be a venue on the ever popular North Bristol Art Trail,  25-26th November. Preview party 6.30 – 9pm 24th November. The artists in our venue this year are owner and jewellery maker Sarah Thorp painters Jenny Urquhart and Emma Catherine and quirky card maker Maita Robinson   We will be opening... View Article

West Bristol Arts Trail 13-15th October

212 Productions, the fine art printing arm of Gloucester Road art gallery Room 212, has recently moved into a studio just behind the Everyman Cinema (19 Melrose Place BS8). The extra space means that they are excited to be able to be a venue for the West Bristol Arts Trail   Printer and owner Neil Roberts... View Article

Its our 10th Anniversary!

Amazingly we’ve been trading on Gloucester Road for a whole decade! We’re really grateful to the local and Bristol magazines for writing features to celebrate our 10 wonderful years bringing local art and artists to our customers. Especial thanks to Bishopston Matters       10 years ago Sarah Thorp took over a little pop up gallery on... View Article

North Bristol Art Trail 25th – 27th November 2022

Once again we are a venue (no 45) on The North Bristol Art Trail. Enjoy this fantastic trail which shows artwork by over 100 artists at 55 venues across North Bristol on the weekend of 26 – 27th November 2022. Trail Maps are available in Room 212 The Room 212 Studio will be open 10am... View Article

Abstract Acrylic Painting Class, October 22nd

Would you like to learn how to paint? Are you keen to make your paintings more abstract or have a play with lovely colour paints? Do you know teenagers who would like to learn about painting with acrylics? Join this small class on October 22nd, led by Room 212 artist Emma Catherine Suitable for beginners... View Article

9th Birthday Celebration 16th July 3-6pm

Celebrate our 9th birthday & raise funds for ‘Artists in Exile’ in the Room 212 Garden. Ukrainian artist Ana Soloda has just joined the Room 212 team so we think our anniversary is the perfect opportunity to raise funds for her sponsors, welcome other Ukrainians & thank everyone who has helped them find their feet... View Article

Paint an Abstract Seascape in acrylics, July 19th

Paint an Abstract Seascape in acrylics. Led by Bristol artist Emma Catherine Spend a relaxing creative day in the downstairs area and garden of Room 212. Junly 19th 10am – 4pm. Class of max 9 people. Learn to paint a beautiful seascape with acrylic paints. Artist Emma Catherine will guide you through this fun day,... View Article

Flower Painting Workshop June 21st with Emma Catherine

Celebrate Summer Solstice with a relaxing creative day in the downstairs area and garden of Room 212. June 21st 10am – 4pm. Class of max 9 people. Learn to paint a beautiful arrangement of flowers. Artist Emma Catherine will guide you through this fun day, no experience necessary. If you already know how to paint... View Article

Glos Rd Central Mayfest this Saturday May 7th 10am-5pm

Our free community Glos Rd Central Mayfest returns this Saturday May 7th. Lots of activities, choirs, live music, biscuit decorating, face painting and more! We’ll have block printing outside. Bring along t shirts and bags to print with your favourite wildlife or climate crisis slogan

Christmas Late Night Opening 2nd December

Glos Rd Central shops will be opening late to help you plan for Christmas and get in the festive mood.  We’ll be open til 8pm on December 2nd and there’ll be lots of other shops and businesses around us open too! We’re just recovering from the North Bristol Art Trail so we won’t be laying... View Article

North Bristol Art Trail Venue 50

The North Bristol Art Trail shows artwork by over 100 artists at 55 venues across North Bristol on the weekend of 27-28th November 2021. We are Venue no 50 – entrance through our garden down 1 Bishop Lane, round the back of Room 212. Artists in our venue are owner Sarah Thorp, jewellery designer  Katie... View Article

Exhibition to Raise Money for Mental Health Charity

Click for fundraiser link HERE Artists have donated original artwork for an exhibition and prize draw to raise funds for Maybe Southwest, a mental health charity based in Bristol, working with children, young people and adults. Artists were invited to submit original artworks to be displayed at Room 212 throughout November, leading up to the North... View Article

Pot Head Workshops in our Secret Garden

We’re extremely excited to announce that Pot Heads Pottery will be running pottery workshops in our Secret Garden round the back of Room 212. The first sessions are on Mondays May 10th & May 17th 4-6pm with more planned on Saturdays in June. Have a play with some clay and create your own, unique Pot Head... View Article

Art Classes in the Downstairs Studio & Garden with Emma Catherine

Learn to Paint with Emma Catherine. Are you itching to unleash your creativity, want to learn how to use painting to lift your mood or experiment with new techniques? Or would you like to paint something unique to put on your wall? We are starting to put on classes and workshops to get you started.... View Article

Christmas Opening Hours inc Sunday 11am-4pm

Until Christmas Day will be open – Monday to Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sundays 11am – 4pm We are now open 7 days a week until Christmas. We may be on site even when the door is shut so do give us a call if you’d like to buy something after hours. 07702598090  Why not... View Article

Art Trail Special Offer

Room 212 is teaming up with the cafe next door, Perfecto Coffee for a special offer during the North Bristol Art Trail 2020 Buy artwork from any of the Room 212 artists taking part in this year’s Art Trail, via our online shop or by messaging or calling us and you can get a coffee for £2... View Article

North Bristol Art Trail Click & Collect 2020

The North Bristol Art Trail has been running for 19 years and we’ve been part of it for 7 of those.  Due to November’s lockdown the trail will have to be held online.  However, regulations allow us to offer a click and collect service so the artists who planned to show their work at Room... View Article

Plans for Lockdown November 2020

We will be offering a Click & Collect service on most days during Lockdown. Owner Sarah Thorp will be using the shop as her office so will be able to hand you lovely artwork, cards, mugs, jewellery etc in a Covid safe way. She’s also happy to deliver it to you if you live locally.... View Article

Photographic Exhibition 9th-23rd Oct – Bristol’s Synchronised Swimming Team

Eva Watkins presents her recent award winning photographic series about the Synchronised Swimmers of Henleaze Lake. Curated by Georgina Smith Private View: Friday 9th October from 6 – 9pm.  To ensure social distancing there will be a maximum of 6 people in at a time. Please bring a mask. We have a large awning over the... View Article

Weave a Willow Heart for Valentines Day

Feb 11th 6-8pm at Alchemy 198 Make a heart for your loved one in time for Valentine’s Day or to hang in your home all year round, and learn to sculpt with willow. Sarah Edwards will be running her popular Willow Weaving Workshops at Alchemy 198. Using locally sourced willow, experienced tutor Sarah Jayne Edwards... View Article

Sally Coulden Exhibition – Colourful Splashbacks

  Fine artist Sally Coulden is showing her original abstract paintings in our windows this January (2020), along with colourful framed prints. Her artworks are the inspiration for Red Dog Glass Design  – original, limited edition designs straight from the easel onto glass panels. Sally will be at Room 212 from 1pm on Saturday 18th... View Article

Weaving With Waste 26th January 2020

Exciting one-off workshop at our sister gallery Alchemy 198 Turn plastic wrappers, electric cables, old jewellery and other random waste materials into an amazing clutch bag, table mat or piece of art. Beginners and experienced weavers will explore the excitement of weaving with unconventional materials to make items which are both lovely and good for... View Article

Willow Wreath Workshop

A lovely workshop for you, your friends and family. Enjoy the local festive community spirit and join renowned local willow sculptor Sarah Jayne At Alchemy 198 on Gloucester Road – she’ll be on hand to guide you in to creating a wonderful natural Christmas wreath – a splendid addition to any front door this season.... View Article

Day of the Dead Display & Exhibition

At this time of year we prefer to make a deal out of Day of the Dead, rather than the gloomier Halloween. This Mexican festival, Dia de los Muertos is a colourful celebration of life and memories of dearly departed. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is linked with the festival and so our artists have created... View Article

Transformation Exhibition with Prodigal Arts

Alchemy 198 is hosting a Prodigal Arts exhibition featuring high quality original artwork and prints for sale, produced by prisoners from HMP Leyhill Prison as part of their rehabilitation. Using different media and styles, the artists were challenged to depict transformation  and what change looks like when they are released. We are showing a couple of pieces from the... View Article

Exhibition of artwork by prisoners & ex-offenders

Prodigal Arts present an exhibition at Alchemy 198 featuring high quality artwork for sale, produced by prisoners and ex-offenders from HMP Leyhill Prison Using different media and styles the artists were challenged to depict transformation and what change might look like when they are released, life as they knew it restored, hope and the future returned... View Article

Waters Are Rising

We always have a marine theme in our windows for July as Bristol hosts the Harbourside Festival at this time.  However, this year we’re also highlighting the emergency facing our planet with polluted seas and the alarming rise in global temperatures and sea level. As the waters rise up so must we. We need to... View Article

Weave a Willow Hare July 20th

Due to popular demand Sarah Jayne Edwards will return to to run another Willow Weaving Workshop at Alchemy 198. Create your own life size Willow Hare. Perfect as a gift or for your home or garden. Full day course with hour break for lunch. £60 per person. Max 8 people. Soup, sandwiches and drinks available... View Article

Needlefelt workshop June 1st

This needle felting workshop is perfect for anyone who already enjoys being creative and crafting at home, or who enjoys attending craft workshops and learning new skills. It’s a great way to give yourself some time out from your busy week and spend a few hours with like minded people. Brought to you by the... View Article

Glos Rd Central Mayfest 4th May, 10am – 5pm

The Glos Rd Central Mayfest, our annual community fair, is on Saturday May 4th. This immensely popular event takes place outside all the shops businesses on our section of Gloucester Road. A highlight of the day is the arrival of the Jack in the Green procession at 3.30pm but there’s lots going on before and... View Article

April Events at Alchemy 198

Here are the events taking place at our Gallery Bar Alchemy 198

Free 6 o’clock gin if you buy a Mothers’ Day gift here!

Yes its true, we’re giving away a free gin and tonic to anyone who buys a Mothers’ Day gift here and then goes to Alchemy 198 at 6 O’clock on Friday 29th or Saturday 30th. Just show your receipt to our lovely bar tender and claim your free 6 O’Clock Gin. We’ll also have local... View Article

Jenny Urquhart March Exhibition

  This March Room 212 artist Jenny Urquhart will be holding her own exhibition at the Alchemy 198 Downstairs Gallery. Jenny’s work went down a storm during the North Bristol Art Trail last November, with all original paintings sold during just one weekend! Jenny is well known for her bright collage paintings of Bristol but she has... View Article

We’re Finalists for Bristol Life Awards 2019!

Hurray! Once again we’ve made the finalist list for the Bristol Life Awards 2019 In 2017 we were finalists in the Creative category. In 2018 our owner Sarah Thorp was a judge and this year we’re in the Retail section. Which means that once again we get to dress up in sparkles and go to the Uber... View Article

Window Wanderland Display 2019

Here is the full footage of the projection that filled the Alchemy 198 windows for the 2019 Window Wanderland. Made by the talented Theadora Ballantyne-Way using photos by  Colin Moody and Carolyn Eaton and images by Laura Robertson and Maita Robinson  

Creative Club at Alchemy 198

Get creative & meet new friends every Friday morning in the lovely cafe gallery Alchemy 198 starting on February 1st, 10.30am – 12.30pm. The group is led by Room 212 artist Debby Bird, a textile and art teacher with years of experience teaching all around Bristol.   Bring along your unfinished projects or materials to start... View Article

Bristol in Winter Photo Exhibition

Bristol Photographers Colin Moody Carolyn Eaton and Mark Hayward are currently showing their work at Alchemy 198 our neighbouring cafe bar gallery on Gloucester Road. Their atmospheric photos have different styles and subjects but look fantastic against the vibrant walls of the bar and in the Downstairs Gallery.   Colin is using this opportunity to begin work on his... View Article

Creative Clubs & Workshops at Alchemy 198

We are putting together a series of clubs and workshops to take place at our neighbouring bar / gallery Alchemy 198 We have already confirmed Willow Weaving Workshops with Sarah Jayne Edwards and will be running the Alchemy Creative Club on Tuesday evenings 7.30-9.30pm and Friday mornings 10.30am -12.30pm with experienced tutor Debby Bird  

Rosalind Moreno-Parra at Alchemy198, Feb 1st

Rosalind Moreno-Parra will be performing at Alchemy 198 on February 1st, 8pm in the Downstairs Gallery.  No admission charge but a hat will be passed round. She is an English-born Spanish singer and Voiceover artist whose mother is from Madrid, Spain. She plays the new and perfectly formed bar Alchemy with her band, bringing a passionate... View Article

Glos Rd Central Christmas Street Party, 5 -8pm Thursday Dec 6th

Its that time of the year again!  Join Room 212 and other shops and businesses on our section of Gloucester Road for a big street party with live music, food, drink and family fun.  Pop into Alchemy 198 for music, mulled wine, cocktails and a view of amazing artwork, curated by 212 Productions in the Downstairs... View Article

North Bristol Art Trail 24th – 25th November, Preview 23rd from 7pm

We’re about to enjoy another North Bristol Art Trail, which runs 24-25th November.  Many of our artists show in their own homes during the trail and we’ll show their work here as well.  This year we’re excited to announce that our new gallery space in Alchemy 198 will be showing work by Jenny Urquhart Katie... View Article

Room 212 Featured In The New Visa Christmas Campaign

Room 212 is one of several independent shops handpicked by Visa for their Christmas Campaign to support independent high street shops. This billboard can be seen on the A4 just south of Temple Meads Station and features owner Sarah Thorp & the painting Bristol Totterdown Red Balloon by Jemal Gugunaya Photo courtesy of Bristol247

Launch of Alchemy 198 – New Cafe Bar & Exhibition Space

Less than 3 weeks to go until the launch of Alchemy 198, a new cafe bar for Gloucester Road. We’re really excited that our owner Sarah Thorp has recently purchased the bar just 7 doors down from Room 212. Her son Ziggy will be running the bar but Sarah will be curating the exhibitions and... View Article

We’re exhibiting at the Coffee House Project

The Coffee House Project is the first of its kind in Bristol, taking place September 7th and 8th 2018.  The organisers have have asked us to hang some artwork in the chill out cafe area at the festival, including Bristol artists Hattie Buckwell Hannah Bailey and Laura Robertson.  Our printing company, 212 Productions  hangs artwork... View Article

Gromit Unleashed Trail includes 2 of our artists

Jenny Urquhart and Bev Cavender have both created fantastic artwork for the upcoming Gromit Unleashed trail. Here they are with Nick Parks and their decorated Gromits. The sculptures will be put in place for the start of the trail on July 2nd. There will be a Gromit by our local Boston Tea Party so drop in,... View Article

Eco Glitter – perfect for facepainting & festivals

Want to add some sparkle to your make up or use glitter for creative projects but aware of the impact of glitter on our environment? We now stock biodegradable Eco Glitter  by EcoStardust At the moment we offer 6 different Signature Glitter Blends Galactic, Cheerleader, Unicorn Dreams, Sea Breeze, Gold Digger and Sterling. If they prove... View Article

Bristol Pound selects our artists for new notes

Room 212 artists Mary Collett and Emma Burleigh have created designs to be used on the new Bristol Pound notes. Both artists submitted their artwork as part of a Bristol Pound competition. Their designs were for the Wildlife & Nature category. Once selected as finalists, the artwork was exhibited at the Christmas Steps Gallery and... View Article

Glos Rd Central Mayfest

Saturday May 4th (Bank Holiday weekend) is the day set this year for our Glos Rd Central Mayfest. This is our community fair when shops and businesses on our part of Gloucester Road spill out onto the pavements, offering food, drink, live music, competitions, creative activities and more. Mayfest always coincides with the traditional procession... View Article

Mothers’ Day March 11th

Make sure to treat you mum to a lovely locally handmade card for Mothers’ Day. We have a huge range from quirky prints by Laura Robertson to funny and cute by Rosie Webb and Holly Collage to beautiful papercuts by Tiny Design Any why not choose her a lovely handmade gift, print or piece of jewellery. On Saturday... View Article

Window Wanderland – we’re a sponsor!

Window Wanderland takes place in Bishopston 24-26th February. This is a magical time in our community when over 150 residents get creative to transform our streets into an outdoor gallery for all to enjoy! Taking part is FREE and everyone is welcome. We are proud sponsors of this community event and transformed our windows for... View Article

Valentines Day Is Coming

We have lots of beautiful, quirky, original artwork and cards to treat your loved one.   

Glos Rd Central Christmas Street Party

Our Christmas Street Party took place Thursday 7th December from 5 -8pm and was an event for all the family. Traders on the central part of Gloucester Road, around Room 212, stayed open into the evening to allow shoppers a leisurely browse.  Room 212 had live music from local band Cajun Eyez from 5pm outside... View Article

Bookbarn Winter Fayre Interview with Sarah Thorp

Interview with a Bookbarn Winter Fayre Stallholder: Sarah Thorp from Room 212 On November 3, 2017 By Bookbarn International Sarah Thorp is the owner of Room 212, an arts and crafts gallery on Bristol’s Gloucester Road. She has helped put on events such as Mayfest, the North Bristol Art Trail and Gloucester Road Christmas Street Party for the BCR... View Article

Sarah Thorp And The Banners Project In Bristol 24/7

The Gloucester Road Art Banners Project are featured in Bristol 24/7. Click Here for the full article   DOZENS OF ART BANNERS INSTALLED ON GLOUCESTER ROAD One of Gloucester Road’s most passionate advocates said that she got a tear in her eye when a project that she has been planning for more than four years finally came... View Article

Gloucester Road Art Banners

Many of our artists were selected to show their artwork on the Gloucester Road Art Banners Project, which are now installed along the whole of Gloucester Road. Many artists, such as Laura Robertson  Jenny Urquhart Toni Burrows Mary Collett  Stewy  Rosie Webb   Sarah Thorp  Maita Robinson are exhibiting on the North Bristol Art Traill... View Article

North Bristol Art Trail 2017

Owner Sarah Thorp is taking part on the North Bristol Art Trail. Her venue is the 212 Eco House round the back of Room 212. She will be joined by North Bristol artists Katie Johnston who creates lovely enamel jewellery, and Toni Burrows. Toni normally opens her amazing mosaiced house but this year she is on a... View Article

Day Of The Dead 2017

  Day of the Dead is one of our favourite themes of the year as it brings a splash of colour and fun to our windows. This Mexican based festival is a celebration of life and remembrance of loved ones who have passed on. Colourful skulls, crosses and bright orange flowers are used as decoration... View Article

Chew Valley Arts Trail

On the weekend of Sat 14th and Sun 15th of October Sarah Thorp owner and creative force behind the Room212 brand and her partner, photographer Mark Hayward will be opening their house in Stanton Drew as part of the 15th Annual Chew Valley Arts Trail Sarah will be showing off her remarkable upcycled decoupage creations... View Article

Mary Collett At The RWA Autumn show

Our very own Mary Collett has had two prints accepted for the prestigious RWA Autumn show, this is not the first time Mary has had her work accepted having previously displayed in 2009 and 2010. The two prints that Mary has had accepted are Little Buddha Fox  and Our Kid and in fact we are... View Article

Toni Burrow’s New Mosaics

The amazing Toni Burrows has been hard at work creating some fabulous mosaics which are now pride of place in Room212’s new Autumn themed window, although the originals are not for sale we have prints of six of Toni’s most popular works all which are avalible here Toni’s wonderful mosaics are also used in her... View Article

Toni Burrow’s Mosaic

Toni Burrows has created an amazing mosaic of a fox by the Arches at the bottom of Gloucester Road. The original mosaic was shown in our window during June. A canvas copy can now be seen in the new Bishopston Library on Gloucester Road. Prints are available in our gallery and online here Toni normally only... View Article

St Werburghs Art Trail September 23rd 2017

212 Productions Ltd at Unit 8 Studios are showcasing creative works by clients and resident artists on the St Werburghs Art Trail : This local open doors exhibition has continued to grow year on year, giving artists the opportunity to showcase their talents, be creative, interact, support and inspire the community of St. Werburghs and all... View Article

Bristol Doors Open Day at the 212 Eco House

We are delighted that the 212 Eco House will be part of the Bristol Doors Open Day on 10th September. Come along on Sunday between 10am and 4pm to have a look around and chat to the builders Nico and Jules of Red Kite Design about the sustainable building methods used in the Eco House.... View Article

Bristol Art Trail

  We are are a venue on the Bristol Art Trail this weekend, 1st – 3rd September. Bristol Art Trail offers the opportunity for everyone living and working within a Bristol postcode to open their home, studio, shop or gallery to the public. You can learn more about the trail and download the app Bristol... View Article

Hot Air Balloons Theme

Its August which means that once again we’re celebrating Bristol’s famous Balloon Fiesta with another lovely bright window display. Jenny Urquhart’s images are instantly recognisable as they feature balloons in every one of her Bristol images, including one of our own Room 212!   Other artists celebrating Bristol’s balloons are Jess Hinsley Hannah Bailey & Hannah Bunn Along... View Article

Toni Burrows’ mosaics

Toni Burrows has created an amazing mosaic of a fox by the Arches at the bottom of Gloucester Road. The original mosaic was shown in our window during June. A canvas copy can now be seen in the new Bishopston Library on Gloucester Road. Prints are available in our gallery and online here Arches Fox Toni... View Article

Glos Rd Central Mayfest 2017 a huge success

The Glos Rd Central Mayfest was another big success in 2017. Huge crowds were drawn to Gloucester Road from 10am onwards. Room 212 organised lots of local community groups, food stands and creatives to set up stalls on Bishop Road, which was closed off to traffic. The Bishopston Garden Society, Bishopston Society,  Greenpeace and Avon... View Article

Winner of Best Art & Craft Gallery, UK by Worldwide Business Review

Room 212 has received the Award of Best Art and Craft Gallery / Shop in the UK by Worldwide Business Review. Worldwide Business Review reaches 70,000 of the leading CEOs, executives, innovators and leading professionals from across the corporate landscape and around the world every quarter, ensuring that our advertisers receive the exposure they need... View Article

Glos Rd Central Mayfest May 6th

This year the Glos Rd Central Mayfest is on May 6th This is a popular free community event to welcome the arrival of the traditional Jack in the Green procession of musicians and dancers and is part of the Neighbourhood Partnership May Week.  This year’s festival will launch the Bristol Pound Gloucester Road map with... View Article

Bristol Life Awards Ceremony Thursday 27th April

We’re finalists for the Bristol Life Awards in the Creative Section. Looking forward to a glittering awards ceremony on Thursday!

The Small Awards – We’re finalists!

We are thrilled to announce that we are finalists in The Small Awards ‘High Street Hero, Best High Street Business‘ category. The Small Awards is a new awards, targeted at the whole small business sector, focusing on businesses often overlooked by other awards. With 5.5 million small businesses in the UK, there are huge numbers... View Article

Pick a Posy for your Mum

RHS Gold medal winning garden designer Louise Bastow will be selling lovely posies of spring flowers outside Room 212 in time for Mother’s Day. Children can pick a pre-made posy or select their favourite flowers for just £5. Bigger bunches for £10. For more info on Louise

Mothers’ Day

Mothers’ Day is on Sunday March 26th. We are celebrating Mothers in our window display including an original painting by Fleur Barnfather entitled Goddess of Nuture and a sculpture of Mother and Child by Laura Robertson. We have lots of beautiful, original cards plus jewellery, gifts and paintings your mum will love

Gloucester Road Art Banner

Giant Art Banners will go up on the central section of Gloucester Road. The art banners will have artwork and words reflecting our wonderful high street. Chose which artwork you’d like to see on the banners by clicking ‘like’ on the images on the facebook page

Valentines Day

Window Wanderland took place during the weekend of 4-5th February  This is a wonderfully creative event in our neighbourhood and we enjoyed taking part. Our window display combined thoughts of our community and Valentines Day to focus on the Heart – from the anatomical to the symbolic. There was a visual installation by Theadora Ballantyne-Way... View Article