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.
Glos Rd Central Christmas Party
This year the Glos Rd Central Christmas Party takes place on Thursday December 1st. There be loads to see and do for all the family from free tasters of scrummy cakes at Joes Bakery to burgers at Dave Giles Butchers and mulled wine at the Golden Lion. You can wander round the shops til 8pm, checking out all the one off and locally made Christmas gift ideas. There'll be live music from Bishopston Bayou Band to get you dancing on the pavement and Christmas carols from local choirs Bishop Road Community Choir and Glos Vox.
Mr Gotalot (our famous local puppet) and well known artist Jenny Urqhuart will be drawing the winning entry for Jenny's amazing, giant painting called This is Our Bristol. The painting features well known and local people set against iconic Bristol landmarks. Jenny and Room 212 have been selling raffle tickets for a chance to win this fantastic painting which was featured in Bristol Life magazine. The proceeds are going to local adoption charity CCS, for which Jenny is the patron.
Do brave the cold or rain for our wonderful twinkly party. The Christmas Party launches our Thursday night late opening times to help you to shop locally for Christmas. Fig, Artemis, Moodles, Paper Plane and Room 212 will be staying open late offering lovely Bristol made gifts and art for all the family. Many of us will be open on Sundays too.
Find out about how you can submit your artwork for the Gloucester Road Art Banners here:
Jenny and Room 212 have been selling raffle tickets for a chance to win this fantastic painting
Well known artist Jenny Urqhuart will be drawing the winning entry for Jenny's amazing, giant painting called This is Our Bristol. The painting features well known and local people set against iconic Bristol landmarks. Jenny and Room 212 have been selling raffle tickets for a chance to win this fantastic painting which was featured in Bristol Life magazine. The proceeds are going to local adoption charity CCS, for which Jenny is the patron.
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.