Big plans for tiny Bishopston art gallery Room 212

August 06 2013
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There are big plans for a tiny pop-up gallery on Gloucester Road, which is set to become a focal point for local artists as well as the area’s popular arts trails.

There are big plans for a tiny pop-up gallery on Gloucester Road, which is set to become a focal point for local artists as well as the area’s popular arts trails.

Artist Sarah Thorp, who helps to organise and promote the North Bristol Arts Trail and West Bristol Arts Trail, has taken over Room 212 and has lots of ideas for the exhibition space and shop. She hopes to expand the shop and offer taster sessions, workshops and an after-school arts club as well as providing a place artists can come together.

She said: “There are so many fantastically creative people in Bristol, and the Gloucester Road is gaining a national reputation for independent shops and galleries.  I aim to provide a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where artists, makers and local people can meet, create, shop and swap ideas. 

“Although the shop is very small at the moment more than 16 artists are already showing their work.  I plan to extend the shop to create more display space and also an area for people to gather, be creative and share ideas.”

Last month, Sarah held a launch event attended by many of the artists who will be exhibiting their creations at the gallery, as well as shoppers. Sarah is planning to offer a range of crafty items for youngsters as well as jewellery, accessories, homeware, paintings and more for the adults. Room 212

She said: “I love rich bright colours and I hope to keep the windows full of interesting and vibrant work. I’d like to run Room 212 on a theme base, say ‘Day of the Dead’ in October or Narnia after Christmas.”

And as the arts trails approach in the autumn, the shop will give a taste of what will be on offer by showing work from the artists involved.

Sarah added: “I have so many ideas for Room 212. It has been a wonderful opportunity for so many artists to show their work over the years. I really appreciate the history of the place and want it continue to be an affordable place for artists to exhibit.”

Drop in at the shop, visit www.room212.co.uk or find Room 212 on Facebook for the latest on exhibitions and events.

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