Ooh la la! C'est Moulin Rouge

January 30 2014

BISHOPSTON art gallery, Room 212, will be adding a splash of provocative colour to Gloucester Road this February, with a Moulin Rouge themed window display.

BISHOPSTON art gallery, Room 212, will be adding a splash of provocative colour to Gloucester Road this February, with a Moulin Rouge themed window display.
Room 212 has gained a reputation on Gloucester Road for its bold shop windows. Previous displays have included Day of the Dead during October, and an enchanted forest during December.
February's window will be inspired by Toulouse Lautrec’s paintings of the Moulin Rouge dancers, and the iconic film.
Artists working on the window display include Huw Richards Evan, Lorraine White, and Laura Robertson. Work will also be showcased by Maita Robinson, and Room 212 owner, Sarah Thorp.
Billie Jean Clothes, the popular vintage clothing store which was previously next door to Room 212, will be adding accessories to the display, and may also be providing a pop-up shop to fit with the Moulin Rouge theme.
Sarah said: "I’ve thrown the idea out there to all the artists. The fun now is to see what they come up with.
"I’m looking for sumptuous textiles, flowers, feathers and hearts, and there will be beautiful paintings and prints with a tongue in cheek attitude. We want to give a splash of fun to brighten up everyone’s day."
Moulin Rouge-inspired workshops, run by local artists, will also take place at Room 212 on February 12. From 10am-12pm, Emma Holden will be creating needle-felted Valentine's hearts and 6- 8pm, Merry Milliner will be upcycling vinyl records and found materials to create hats.
The regular Room 212 drop-in knit club, which runs on Mondays 8-10pm, and Tuesdays 10-12pm, will also draw inspiration from the theme.
For more details on Room 212 ‘like’ their Facebook page, or follow @Room212gallery on Twitter.

Textiles by Sarah Thorp