Artists invited to join exhibition in aid of mental health charity

August 31 2021

Gloucester Road gallery Room 212 will be hosting an art 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 are invited to submit original artworks to be displayed at Room 212 throughout November, leading up to the North Bristol Art Trail on the weekend of 26-28 November. This popular art trail will be celebrating its 20th year so it's apt to use the occasion to highlight the enormous benefit of art therapy, especially for younger people.
A panel of artists, including Room 212 owner Sarah Thorp, renowned artist Huw Richards Evans and textile artist Debby Bird, will select the artwork to be displayed in the exhibition. Other larger art pieces will be on display in the Room 212 Garden during the NBA trail weekend, including a large bronze sculpture of a ram's head by Maria Pitt, valued at £3,000, and original paintings by Huw Richards Evans.  All the artwork will be offered as prizes in a draw, with tickets available at Room 212 and online throughout November. The draw will take place at the end of the North Bristol Art Trail. This is a fantastic chance to win an original work of art at a snip of the usual price, while raising money for a really worthy cause.
Artists are invited to submit artwork including paintings, lino prints and mixed media pieces, measuring up to 20 x 25cm with or without a frame. Please send images to by September 30. Artists who are selected at this stage will be asked to bring the original artwork along for a selection day. Everyone is welcome to have a go!
Maybe Southwest and Room 212 are also discussing other ways to raise funds from the most popular artwork chosen, perhaps as prints or cards to be sold.
Sarah Thorp says: “Maybe Southwest is a self funded charity offering Psychotherapy and Art Therapy to those who cannot receive appropriate or timely support from the NHS and who do not have the financial means to fund private services. Asking Bristol artists and art lovers to help raise funding through their artwork seems so appropriate and a great way to bring more artwork to life!”  
Meanwhile, North Bristol Artist Toni Burrows has recently completed a beautiful mosaic of a fox in front of Montpelier's favorite cafe the Bristolian. Room 212 are delighted that Toni has agreed to put it in their window in late September, after the Indian Summer exhibition. Toni never sells her originals but they always amaze passersby! Luckily cards and prints are available through Room 212.
Up-to-date information and details of the Exhibition will be posted on the Room 212 events page