Gallery launch for Room 212
The Covid 19 Lockdown has caused Sarah Thorp to have a big shake up of her Gloucester Road businesses. She's passed her Art Bar, Alchemy 198, on to neighbouring Bottles and Books who will continue to run the bar as a community space with an amazing beer tap list.
Sarah’s also given her art gallery, Room 212, a bit of a shake-up to make it a safe browsing experience. The front section remains a lovely shop full of work by local artists and makers. Ranging from cards and art prints to handmade facemasks, jewellery and beautiful lampshades by Jo Whiteland, there's plenty of choice in store and online.
The back area will now offer a more gallery-like style, with framed original artworks and giclee prints by Bristol artists. As well as showing artwork by established Room 212 artists such as Laura Robertson, Hattie Buckwell and Hannah Broadway there will be monthly featured artists or group shows. Eventually, Sarah hopes to be able to host creative group meet ups and artist demonstrations. She's hoping that the popular North Bristol Art Trail will run in some form at the end of November and Room 212 would certainly take part.
To launch the new look Room 212, Steve Phillips of Meboid will be showing his prints for the first time from 3 - 11 September. Lego Bolsonaros and Macaque mercenaries vie for attention with spitting chimp photocopiers and lightbulb babies…all elements digitally cut’n’pasted from M3boid’s humorous, dark, surreal scrapbooks. Inspired by Rauschenburg, Terry Gilliam and Fugazi in equal measure, Steve says: “Thanks to Sarah at Room 212 and a global pandemic lockdown for providing the space and time for these and many other elements to ferment.”
For more information on products, upcoming events and exhibitions see www.room212.co.uk