Sarah Thorp is the owner of Room 212 & the 212 Eco House. These places are also her family home and work space. Sarah is co-founder of 212 Productions, a fine art printing business. She was the main instigator of forming a collective for the shops on the mid section of Gloucester Road, now known as Glos Rd Central
Sarah is a mixed media artist and sells her work at Room 212. She shows her work on the North Bristol Art Trail handles press and publicityas well as writing articles for national magazines.
In 2013, Sarah decided to bring together all her art contacts under one roof. Room 212 was originally a pop up art gallery on Gloucester Road (the longest street of independent shops in Europe) and seemed the perfect setting. Her concept for Room 212 was to provide a hub for local artists, both established and emerging. Most of the artists help in the shop and this gives Sarah a chance to brainstorm ideas for the monthly themes, exhibitions and events for which Room 212 has become renowned.
As a business owner and resident on Gloucester Rd, Sarah has been instrumental in creating Glos Rd Central, to promote the independent traders and community groups in the area and improve the street scene. She has helped put on events such as Mayfest, the North Bristol Art Trail and Gloucester Road Christmas Street Party. for the BCR Neighbourhood Partnerships and is a Champion for the Avon Wildlife My Wild City Project Avon Wildlife Trust She organised planters of flowers and shrubs out on the wide pavements of Gloucester Road funded by the local BCR Neighbourhood Partnership (for which she is the Trader Rep) http://www.bcrnp.org.uk/. Sarah was filmed during the installation which shown on BBC Springwatch Episode 12 in 2016.
She instigated the Gloucester Road Art Banners project to install artist designed street banners along the whole length of Gloucester Road. https://www.room212.co.uk/glos-rd-central http://glosrdcentral.co.uk/index.php/glos-rd-art-banners
Sarah was thrilled to be invited as a judge for the Bristol Life Awards 2018
Sarah was commissioned to create a painting for the second series of ITVs Broachurch. Her painting appeared in the Latimer’s house. The Broadchurch producers had visited Sarah in Room 212 and, under her direction, commissioned a painting by Huw Richards Evansand bought about 10 other prints and paintings from local artists in the gallery.
Sarah is passionate about environmental issues and created the 212 Eco House to the rear of Room 212. This lovely little house was built with sustainable materials and has a flower filled garden, living willow hedge and 2 living roofs to encourage bees and other pollinators. The Eco House is Sarah’s venue on the North Bristol Art Trail, a rentable guesthouse and has been a space for art and environmental themed workshops, such as Weave a Wicker Fox and a Guest House. Sarah hopes that visitors will be inspired by the house and garden and will be inspired by the sustainable and upcycling ideas on show.
All in all, Sarah Thorp has found herself at the forefront of a buzzing and creative scene in Bristol. Her energy and enthusiasm has ensured that Room 212 is a welcoming and eclectic showcase to the artistic talents of those around her and she loves every minute of being there!